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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2000
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Paget Brewster, Larry Joe Campbell, Jon Cryer
  • Summary: The Trouble with Normal follows the lives of four men and their therapist as they try to face the fears of the world while living in crazy New York. Bob, the most normal one, is just trying to get some help with how to handle his personal life. Zack is Bob's new neighbor who thinks he is constantly being watched and that the world is after him. Stansfield is a very insecure mailman who finds himself constantly wanting to please people. Max is the shyest of them all, but all he really wants is a friendly shoulder to rely on. Claire, their therapist, tries to not be driven crazy with this group. She is supposed to be their advisor, but most of the time she is the one who is advised as the guys keep nosing themselves into her life.

    The show's original name was "People Who Fear People," but it was changed just a few weeks before its premiere.

    The Trouble with Normal is produced by Garfield Grove in association with Touchstone Television / Paramount Network Television

  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 14 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 13, 2013
    Critics have been trashing this sitcom for weeks, singling it out as the season's first likely casualty. I have to admit I got a modest kick out of the first episode. [6 Oct 2000, p.D1]
  2. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 13, 2013
    Now and then you hear yourself laughing out loud. More often, though, this plays like a one-joke series that keeps repeating the same punch line. [6 Oct 2000, p.F28]
  3. Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Jun 13, 2013
    Particularly annoying because of its constant canned laugh track. The rhythm and cadence of the show are as fake as a current coffee commercial that's a satire of "Friends." [6 Oct 2000, p.E-10]
  4. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 13, 2013
    Despite a decent cast that includes Jon Cryer and Paget Brewster, all the demented characters are too much to take. The trouble with The Trouble With Normal is that it needs some normalcy. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  5. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 13, 2013
    A strong candidate for worst new series, ABC's The Trouble With Normal looks for humor in neuroses. The Bob Newhart Show succeeded in this tricky territory, but Normal proves witless and worthless. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  6. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 13, 2013
    These folks wouldn't be paranoid if they thought critics loathed their forced and annoying show and widely predicted it would be the season's first to tank. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Jun 14, 2013
    The characters are all so nutty it's like being trapped in a roomful of Kramers for a half-hour. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]

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