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1 November 2000 (USA) See more »
About a grown man (played by John Goodman) who moves back home after coming out that he is gay.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 18)

Greg Pitts ... Charlie Gamble (12 episodes, 2000)

John Goodman ... Butch Gamble (7 episodes, 2000)

Joely Fisher ... Pamela Theresa Gamble-Miller (7 episodes, 2000)

Anita Gillette ... Joan Gamble (7 episodes, 2000)

Julia McIlvaine ... Kimberly Miller (7 episodes, 2000)

Cody Kasch ... Robbie Miller (7 episodes, 2000)

Mo Gaffney ... Elizabeth (7 episodes, 2000)

Charles Rocket ... Danny (7 episodes, 2000)

Orson Bean ... William 'Bill' Gamble, Sr. (7 episodes, 2000)
Jayson Schaal ... Young Bill (4 episodes, 2000)

Series Directed by
Philip Charles MacKenzie (9 episodes, 2000)

David Trainer (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Bob Kushell (12 episodes, 2000)
Bonnie Turner (12 episodes, 2000)
Terry Turner (12 episodes, 2000)
Paul Corrigan (2 episodes, 2000)
John Schwab (2 episodes, 2000)
Brad Walsh (2 episodes, 2000)

Bob Nickman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jimmy Aleck .... producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Marcy Carsey .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Paul Corrigan .... co-producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Lynnie Greene .... supervising producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Jim Keily .... producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Richard Levine .... supervising producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Caryn Mandabach .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Gregg Mettler .... co-producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Bob Nickman .... supervising producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Barbara Stoll .... producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Miriam Trogdon .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Bonnie Turner .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Terry Turner .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Brad Walsh .... co-producer (12 episodes, 2000)
Tom Werner .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2000)

Bob Kushell .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Jeff Sudakin (12 episodes, 2000)
Series Cinematography by
Tony Askins (1 episode, 2000)
Series Film Editing by
Steven Rasch (1 episode, 2000)

Tim Ryder (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Debi Manwiller (1 episode, 2000)

Jeff Greenberg (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Garvin Eddy (1 episode, 2000)
Series Set Decoration by
Tara Stephenson (1 episode, 2000)
Series Costume Design by
Emily Draper (10 episodes, 2000)
Series Makeup Department
Wendy Hogan .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2000)
Pixie Schwartz .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2000)
Series Production Management
Courtney B. Conte .... executive in charge of production (1 episode, 2000)
Barbara Stoll .... unit production manager (1 episode, 2000)

Ariana Squar .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amy Rothlein Brown .... first assistant director (1 episode, 2000)
Joseph Stafford .... second assistant director (1 episode, 2000)
Series Art Department
Richard J. Ramirez Jr. .... assistant art director (12 episodes, 2000)

Don Elliott .... leadman (unknown episodes)
Brock Helfer .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Todd Grace .... re-recording mixer (1 episode, 2000)
Jesse Peck .... production sound (1 episode, 2000)
Craig Porter .... re-recording mixer (1 episode, 2000)
Series Visual Effects by
Mark Robben .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Allen Robinson .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Gilbert .... dolly grip (12 episodes, 2000)
Ron Woodward Jr. .... best boy (12 episodes, 2000)
Gary Stark .... dimmer board operator (7 episodes, 2000)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Beth Ramsey .... set costumer (7 episodes, 2000)
Eric Van Wagoner .... costume supervisor (7 episodes, 2000)
Series Editorial Department
Trent Johnson .... colorist (12 episodes, 2000)
Series Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor (1 episode, 2000)
Ben Vaughn .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 2000)

David Tobocman .... composer: contributing composer (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... transportation (4 episodes, 2000)
Series Other crew
Frances Alet .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 2000)
George Montgomery .... title designer (12 episodes, 2000)

Osama Hamid .... nighttime distribution expert (unknown episodes)

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13 Episodes were made but only 7 episodes got to air.See more »
Robert 'Robbie' Miller:What is the point of having a great tree if the outside of the house looks like... like...
Pamela Theresa Gamble-Miller:Our house?
Robert 'Robbie' Miller:Yes.
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A Good Idea Spoiled by Corporate Stupidity, 4 January 2008
Author: cubdukat from United States

First of all, I agree with most of the posters that say that Fox should have been shot for the way they handled "Normal, Ohio." That being said, a good amount of the blame should also be laid at the feet of John Goodman himself, who seemed to base his response to interviewers who asked about the show on its original title: "Don't Ask."

As good an actor as he is, John Goodman was the wrong actor to choose, in that he did everything but sabotage the show himself. He seemed very uncomfortable--almost to the point of hostility--that there was some small contingent of the gay community that might find him desirable, and that doesn't go over so well when you're playing a gay man on a gay-themed comedy. I didn't expect him to be anything like Richard Karn (who is aware of his gay following and is cool with it), but he definitely didn't handle it well.

But most of all, I miss this show because of the possibilities that would have been opened up had Fox not pulled the plug and showed a bit more moxie. If it had continued, Butch would have gotten a love interest--none other than Dan Aykroyd! This was a show that could have finally broken the "Will and Grace" stereotype of gay men that seems to have a complete stranglehold on the media. Only one other show has come close, and that was the two "Wings" episodes with "Men in Trees'" Abraham Benrubi (another straight-but-not-narrow actor who actually appeared on "Roseanne" as a younger version of Goodman's character). Sadly, like most potentially daring ideas on TV nowadays, they were forced to sacrifice their higher concept for survivability.

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