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"The Real O'Neals" review by Suzanne 3/11/16
Airs Tuesdays 8:30/7:30c on ABC

This is not the funniest show around, but it did make me laugh a few times. At first I thought it was trying to be just an Irish version of "The Goldbergs," but it's not nearly as silly as that one. It has slightly more of a realistic bent.

Like that show and so many others, going back to "The Wonder Years," the young star narrates the show and looks back on his childhood. This one seems to be taking place in the present, though, unless those other shows.  Noah Galvin is the main star as Kenny, the gay son.  You'll no doubt recognize Jay Ferguson as his cop dad and Martha Plimpton as his tough mom. The show seems a little dated, in some ways, since the mom doesn't seem to work. I find it hard to believe that any family with three kids nowadays is not going to have just one parent working (and especially not as a cop).

In the first episode, we learn that the family is very Catholic, especially Mom, and they all lie to each other. Their lies all come out at a church event when the family decides to tell all of its secrets. Mom and Dad are going to counseling and maybe getting a divorce; Kenny is gay; his brother has an eating disorder, and his sister steals.

The show just needs to be funnier if it wants me to keep watching. So far it's not nearly as good as the few other sitcoms I watch. What do I know? Some people enjoy these other sitcoms I can't stand, like "Modern Family," "The Odd Couple" and "New Girl." I don't know why they can't make really funny sitcoms any more, like "Seinfeld," "Will & Grace," "Frasier," or even "Friends."

MORE INFORMATION:

ABC's new comedy The Real O’Neals is a fresh take on a seemingly perfect family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.The Real O’Neals stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Mathew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.

The Real O’Neals was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Todd Holland, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. The Real O’Neals is produced by ABC Studios.


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