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The New Normal (2012)
Surely a new favorite
The harsh critical reception of this program is uncountable, really, because for so many people the ideas promoted are abominable or simply foreign. I think it's marvelous.
It's hard to think of any other shows that make me say "aw" and laugh too much all in the same thirty minutes. The message of 'The New Normal' is genuine and sweet, and the characters are plenty without feeling excessive and mucky.
The gay couple here is actually a typical couple when stripped of the homosexual title. One man is exuberant and ridiculous while being sweet underneath; the other is laid-back and realistic. The surrogate, Goldie, is someone who is relatable for a lot of people because her dreams completely got away from her but never died. The grandmother is doctrinaire and her great- granddaughter considers her a bigot, but her statements and viewpoints do have an origin.
I must say that I have recommended this show to multiple people and will do so again. I do hope that it is given a chance for a full season and a few more.
Though the dark humor in the pilot episode was intriguing, the show had a rough start. This changed quickly with the second episode and now it is easy to find oneself looking forward to a new one each week; a sort of entertainment that is so encapsulating it needs a rewind feature.
The situations that seem to be everywhere feel normal, as if they would be happening to me or you, and there's no stupid fluff to lighten the mood like an annoying clarinet in the background. In being regular, the plot has the opportunity to be wayward and full of mischief, something that is taken advantage of perfectly.
With a dazzling and promiscuous female lead causing problems for her underdog companion, many people will be turned off by this type of comedy, but it certainly has its place among my peers. This relation to how we act in our late teens and as twenty-somethings should help to keep this program fresh.