• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2000
Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 14 out of 17

Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 13, 2013
    60
    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. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 14, 2013
    42
    Pokes fun at paranoia and only succeeds in making it seem like the ailment of choice in Manhattan. [5 Oct 2000, p.E2]
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 13, 2013
    40
    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]
  4. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 13, 2013
    37
    In what is almost certain to go down in history as a legendarily bad TV idea, Normal seeks to find weekly comedy in the sad, small lives of four paranoid men and their incompetent therapist. Odds are the idea, while novel, was unsalvageable -- but the execution of Normal is so flawed on every level, it's hard to be sure. [6 Oct 2000, p.11E]
  5. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Jun 13, 2013
    30
    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]
  6. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jun 13, 2013
    30
    It's like watching "Big Brother" with a less nutty and less interesting cast, or the old "Bob Newhart Show" without Bob - or laughs. [6 Oct 2000, p.5E]
  7. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 13, 2013
    30
    Here comes "Trouble," big, bad, ugly ratings trouble. [6 Oct 2000, p.44]
  8. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 13, 2013
    25
    This laugh-track loser pretty much wastes the not inconsiderable comic talents of Jon Cryer ("The Famous Teddy Z") and David Krumholtz ("Slums of Beverly Hills"). [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
  9. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 13, 2013
    25
    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]
  10. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Tom Maurstad
    Jun 13, 2013
    25
    The Trouble With Normal is one of those television shows that makes it hard to believe that the networks ever turn down any idea. The premise of this new ABC sitcom is that people suffering from mental illness are funny...OK, that's stating it a little harshly, but only just a little. [6 Oct 2000, p.4C]
  11. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 13, 2013
    20
    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]
  12. Variety
    Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jun 13, 2013
    20
    Thoroughly unfunny paranoid romp through New York. Rev up the midseason replacement. [6 Oct 2000, p.22]
  13. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 13, 2013
    20
    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]
  14. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 13, 2013
    12
    May very well be the worst sitcom of the fall. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
  15. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 14, 2013
    10
    ABC has been promoting the heck out of The Trouble With Normal, but the shockingly unfunny ensemble and rotten scripts will undo all that publicity in minutes. On a positive note, this will almost certainly end the TV career of Jon Cryer. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  16. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 13, 2013
    10
    Truly awful. [6 Oct 2000]
  17. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Jun 14, 2013
    0
    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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