TV Show Reviews
Real O'Neals" review by Suzanne
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
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."
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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