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No Ordinary Family 

The Powells are a typical American family living in Pacific Bay, California, whose members gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Amazon.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Chiklis ...  Jim Powell 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Julie Benz ...  Stephanie Powell 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Kay Panabaker ...  Daphne Powell 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Jimmy Bennett ...  J.J. Powell 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Autumn Reeser ...  Katie Andrews 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Romany Malco ...  George St. Cloud 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Stephen Collins ...  Dr. Dayton King 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Josh Stewart ...  The Watcher / ... 14 episodes, 2010-2011
Jason Antoon ...  Mr. Litchfield 9 episodes, 2010-2011
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The Powells are a typical American family living in Pacific Bay, California, whose members gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Amazon.

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New powers. Instructions not included.

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

ABC [United States]

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ebatavaline perekond See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Actor Michael Chiklis is no stranger to playing a super powered human, as he played Ben Grimm (AKA the Thing) in both of the Fantastic Four movies. In fact Jim Powell's powers are very similar to that of Ben Grimm. See more »

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Brilliant piece of Television
1 January 2011 | by Stig10See all my reviews

I love this show. It is easily in my top 5 shows currently airing at the moment (along with Chuck, Lie to Me, Sons of Anarchy and Previously Dark Blue before it was cancelled).

The show is very light hearted and manages to mix comedy with action and drama extremely well. The family are quite cliché and the powers aren't exactly 'original' but they make it work.

The cast do a great job portraying their characters, the only one I'm not a huge fan of is the antagonist Josh Stewart (but he's slowly starting to grow on me now). The rest, however, are awesome. Michael Chiklis (Star of The Shield and Fantastic Four) does a brilliant job as the father while Julie Benz (formerly Rita Morgan in Dexter) puts on a strong performance as the mother of the family. You also have Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett as the kids.

The character development in this series is great and although the story is predictable (for the most part), it is still highly entertaining. The characters relationships are believable and very engrossing. I think the pairing of Jim Powell (Michael Chiklis) and George St. Cloud (Romany Malco) is one of my favourite bromance relationships right now on TV. Romany Malco is AWESOME in this series. I've never really seen him act before so I'm not sure if it's the script, his acting or a mix of both. But he is extremely funny in this show, he is constantly shooting out one liners which make me literally laugh out loud, although it has to be said I feel his acting in the more serious scenes is lacking at times. The second prize for most hilarious character in this show has to go to Stephanie Powells best friend and work colleague Katie Andrews (Played by Autumn Reeser), she is incredibly geeky and so socially awkward, hilarious to watch.

I'd say this show could pull in a pretty wide audience (I can just as easily imagine a 14 year old watching this as I can a 50 year old). It's light hearted, fun and easy to watch. Yes it has the sci-fi/fantasy element to it which is akin to shows like Chuck, Heroes, Supernatural, Buffy, Smallville etc. But it also has a more family oriented feel to it at times and what this show does brilliantly is applying super powers to every day events.

I'm struggling to describe the feel of this show. I'd suggest everyone checks out the pilot to get an idea for what it's like themselves rather than relying on the reviews posted here.

A lot of people have been comparing it heroes but I find it far to light hearted to be compared to heroes. It's nowhere near as dark and serious and has far more comedy integrated throughout. I'd say it's more like Chuck than Heroes.

I've only seen the first 8 episodes (it's still on it's first season) but so far I'd give this show a 9/10. Yes it has it's clichés (the family couldn't be any more of a stereotype) and it has it's flaws, plus the special effects aren't the best (but are still impressive for a TV show). But overall this show is funny, charming, easy to watch and above all entertaining.


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