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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 2, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

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  • Summary: The seemingly perfect Catholic O'Neal family that includes Chicago policeman Pat O'Neal (Jay R. Ferguson), his wife Eileen (Martha Plimpton), 17-year-old Jimmy (Matthew Shively), 14-year-old Shannon (Bebe Wood), and 16-year-old Kenny, is revealed to be not so flawless after an incidentThe seemingly perfect Catholic O'Neal family that includes Chicago policeman Pat O'Neal (Jay R. Ferguson), his wife Eileen (Martha Plimpton), 17-year-old Jimmy (Matthew Shively), 14-year-old Shannon (Bebe Wood), and 16-year-old Kenny, is revealed to be not so flawless after an incident between Kenny and his girlfriend causes the others to confess their own secrets. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Slezak
    Apr 6, 2016
    83
    The Real O’Neals may be soft and gooey at its center, but it’s the hard, tart outer shell that gives it its unique flavor.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 2, 2016
    80
    Everyone pulls their weight; the jokes land lightly. Ferguson shows stuff that "Mad Men" never let him. Galvin is solid; Shively sweetly dim; Wood, behind thick spectacles, droll.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tim Stack
    Feb 29, 2016
    75
    Aside from a few riffs that don't quite work, O'Neals is proof it doesn't take a miracle to find a fresh spin on he traditional family comedy. [4 Mar 2016, p.57]
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 1, 2016
    67
    ABC made four episodes available for review. All have their moments, some of them cloying, others amusing.
  5. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 26, 2016
    60
    CBS sitcom The McCarthys covered similar ground--gay son coping with outrageous Roman Catholic family but The Real O'Neals freshens the premise with a more irreverent, fantastical approach. [29 Feb-6 Mar 2016, p.17]
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 1, 2016
    50
    Plimpton and Ferguson are good at not being good together, but the writing so far is uneven. If not for Galvin, who's both touching and funny as a boy who knows he likes boys but hasn't a clue where to take it from there, The Real O'Neals might be just another not-quite-real sitcom family.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Feb 29, 2016
    25
    The trouble is they are just normal--and not very funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Mar 3, 2016
    10
    A perfect fit with ABC's other excellent highly dysfunctional but lovable family sitcoms. Great cast and great writing will hopefully keepA perfect fit with ABC's other excellent highly dysfunctional but lovable family sitcoms. Great cast and great writing will hopefully keep this family around for many more seasons. The Real O'Neal's is all about acceptance, love and respect within a family and how no family ever measures up to perfection. The show does NOT lampoon Catholicism, just the impossible challenge of a well meaning but overbearing mother hell bent on her family looking like the perfect Catholic family to everyone else. Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2016
    10
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  3. May 5, 2016
    10
    I feel that cast is very talented. They have great chemistry and comedic timing. The writers have done a good job at allowing us to laugh atI feel that cast is very talented. They have great chemistry and comedic timing. The writers have done a good job at allowing us to laugh at uncomfortable and complex issues. I would have loved to have been in my teens and viewed this show. It has so many positive layers. Thank you. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2016
    8
    ok lets get real about the real oneals here for a seck the show has the charm and humor u expect from abc 'fresh off the boat the middleok lets get real about the real oneals here for a seck the show has the charm and humor u expect from abc 'fresh off the boat the middle goldburgs blackish'yet theres some very sexual humor just in the firest two episodes and if they are trying to keep a family audience this needs to be toned down big time however as a grown man i loved it thought it was hilarious the young lady who plays shannon is hilarious as for the other members of the family i love the oldest son the gay kid and even the parents here ' moms a little too holy for me to beleive but other than that i say try it just make sure its with older kids just due to sexual jokes and swearing Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2016
    6
    For the most part, The Real O'Neals uses its likable cast and a generally funny script to make for a refreshing addition to the "dysfunctionalFor the most part, The Real O'Neals uses its likable cast and a generally funny script to make for a refreshing addition to the "dysfunctional family" comedy canon, despite being occasionally over the top. Expand
  6. Mar 1, 2017
    3
    Just read a number of articles on Noah Galvin... An arrogant, judgmental, hypocrite that hasn't been here on planet earth long enough toJust read a number of articles on Noah Galvin... An arrogant, judgmental, hypocrite that hasn't been here on planet earth long enough to deserve anyone's respect for his opinions. Watched the show a few times and after seeing what he's all about in his personal views (through his interviews) I cannot watch another episode. What's up with his attitude? It's people like Noah that creat anger, turn-offs and the very anti-choice population he **** about! Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2016
    0
    This show is awful. Bashing on everyone is unacceptable but bashing on Catholics is fair game? Okay... It's also not funny. Dan Savage is aThis show is awful. Bashing on everyone is unacceptable but bashing on Catholics is fair game? Okay... It's also not funny. Dan Savage is a terrible individual with biased views. Thanks ABC for another degrading show and allowing this monster to create this terrible excuse for entertainment. Expand

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