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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 28, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: After a plane crash, the Powell family return home to discover they have superpowers.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Ordinary is super at capturing a middle-class family suffering from self-imposed Kryptonite poisoning
  2. What's different--and refreshing--about ABC's No Ordinary Family is that the efforts made to convince you that the Powells are normal, while entirely sincere, don't last long. Their supposed normalcy disintegrates into something more fun and potentially more compelling well before the pilot's end credits begin to roll.
  3. 75
    The cast plays out the adjustment with the right touch of pleased humor. [4 Oct 2010, p.37]
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    This one is trying something different, although its look and tone are conventional enough not to shake the TV fan from their comfort zone.
  5. 63
    Ordinary just feels too crowded, as if it's straining to serve too many genre masters at once. Still, there is pleasure to be found, much of it provided by Chiklis.
  6. They each have a glorious, fearsome secret, and can truly confide only in one another. But it's not clear whether this series--a hybrid of family drama and graphic novel--can sustain interest once the premise is fully established.
  7. The show's premise has enormous potential--it's essentially a live-action version of "The Incredibles," about a family that gains superpowers--but Tuesday's premiere disappoints with its slow-moving plot and whiny characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Apr 16, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this is a great show im am completely addicted to it i dont get why they end it wit loads of questions with loads to answer.would abc read all this to see how well the shw is doin or even tv sites would they check them Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2010
    I have to say that the only problem I have with this show is the pacing, I could stand to see it pick it up a bit. Other than that the cast works well together, and they are believable as a family. The super powers are pretty cool, and I am looking forward to them to digging in a little more and fleshing out the characters abilities. There have already been a couple of instances where I wish the husband and wife had fought as a couple, and I think it was a passed opportunity. I really think this is a show worth watching. Expand
  3. Apr 7, 2011
    I'll give this show an honest 8. For those of you who mentioned it, yes, the show has had slow points. It wasn't so much that the episodes were bad though. The fact is that people want an early payout whereas this series enjoyed it's time in a process of building. Now, at the end of the season there are so many character and powers showing up, who couldn't love this show. , Expand
  4. Feb 10, 2011
    I expected more from this show, all the advertisements for it portrayed it as more of Superhero show than what it really is; a slowpaced cop out about a family who gains powers and do next to nothing with them. Admittedly though, some parts of this show are enjoyable. Expand
  5. Oct 31, 2010
    I really wanted this show to work but it already feels like the wheels are falling off. It seemed as if the writers were playing the appropriate pacing game, keeping things slowed down, giving the characters plenty of face time to emote so viewers could empathize, but there just aren't enough details for a viewers to lose themselves in while we're waiting for things to heat up.
    This ones skewing towards the younger kids (10-15), and giving us grown up kids too much time to get distracted.
    It's snoozin' and quickly losin'.
  6. Nov 19, 2010
    I wanted to like this show . The premise sounded fun and exciting , promising laughter , drama , suspense and perhaps a touch of I Love Lucy on steroids . I admire Michael Chiklis from his previous work . I suppose if I had grammar school kids we could watch it together but I can barely sit still through an episode on my own . Sorry , Micheal and cast . You are just too ordinary for me . Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2011
    I was intrigued by the whole premise of this show. A family with superpowers. Wow!! Not exactly original, but hey!! not alot is these days. The only thing bigger than Micheal 'Jim Powell' Chiklis's biceps in this show, was the dissapointment in what could have been, and hopefully, may still be, a potentially interesting idea. However, the writing is so bad, that no matter how top-heavy with well-known actors the cast is, it can't be saved. I'm afraid, bad writing, equals bad acting. Sorry. I have watched eleven episodes so far, and it still hasn't really estabilshed where it's at. I know that shows like this can take their own time to bed in. Sometimes we can find a gem we haven't watched from the start, and then have to go back and play catch-up, when everyone else is talking about it. But this is ridiculious. The main problem, and the most tiresome one for me, is the constant arguing about using their powers, or not using them. Are you crime-fighting, and saving the world, or not? Either, get on with it. or leave us all to our fate. As with any drama, there has to be a dark side, but we don't really know that much about them yet. Or care, at this stage. The whole thing is punctuated, if not very cleverly, with domestic and family problems. Especially teenage angst and all its heartaches, and anything else beginning and ending in bland, reminding us they're just `an ordinary family'. But they're not. That's the point. A point I feel we could have reached a helluva lot quicker than 11 episodes in. Why watch 11 episodes then? Only for the purpose of giving it a chance really. I know the makers of shows of this genre, ask us to suspend belief somewhat. But there is a difference between that, and an insult to our intelligence. Some of the stuff, although not that important, is just plain silly. The instantly built lair (What are all those screens for. Eh? Jim never looks at anything. He just jumps around keeping the roof repairers in business). The fact that George holds down a very important job as an Assistant DA, eventhough he's hardly ever there, is unbelievable. Maybe it's his chronic insomnia, which keeps him going, day and night. 'The dude never sleeps'. BTW Stephanie. it doesn't matter how fast you vaccum, it won't pick up any quicker. lol. Sorry. I'm just being cruel now. AND, by no means least, are we supposed to believe that when Daphne reads a guy's mind when he's looking at her, he's thinking, ' Hey, she's kinda cute'. Yeah right!! I know that people say you should stick with something until you've given it a decent chance. In this case, if I'd stuck any closer with it, we'd have needed to be surgically seperated. I hope this show does something soon, or I'll be running as fast as Stephanie, in the opposite direction from my TV, before I accquire the Superpower of relentless boredom. Expand

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