• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 2012
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 12, 2012
    [A] witty-but-poignant look at what it means to be a modern family.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 10, 2012
    At its best, it plays like a Woody Allen film, something you may notice most when secondary characters stop and explain themselves to the camera.
  3. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 10, 2012
    Bartha and Rannells's characters display yin/yang neuroses that keep their characters interesting, but as Goldie, the would-be surrogate, Georgia King is unfortunately bland.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 18 out of 37
  1. Sep 28, 2012
    If you want a show full of stereotypes and predictable humor that isn't funny, then watch this show. Unfortunately, the premise had the potential to be funny. I know some people wouldn't watch it because there are gay characters, and nay-sayers will blame them when the show inevitably fails, but Modern Family sure seems to be doing all right. The difference is the writing. The New Normal is not groundbreaking in anyway. Even when they think showing people having sex within the first 5 minutes is edgy, it isn't because we see that constantly. Make something original. please. This is a DO NOT watch. Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2012
    Has definite potential, although a bit worried about the harshness of Ellen Barkin's character. But the three (four if you count the girl) leads are all solid. Writing held up in the second episode, too. Worth watching to see if it delivers on the quality of the first two episodes. Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2012
    "The New Normal" is definetely a really interesting show. Whereas it's not something innoative on its story or in the way the story is narrated, I think that it is a decent attempt for a comedy. What bothers many people is the stereotypical presentation of genders, or groups. On how I see it that's not pretty false. This story is for stereotypes and if someone can't stand them, he should just don't bother give it a try. The last point I want to raise is that this show also gives some food for thought, and that there are many scenes that will really touch you! Full Review »