Television Hit or Miss: NBC’s ‘The New Normal’
Normal is not quite the right word to decribe NBC’s latest comedy sitcom, The New Normal. It more daring, bold, and charming with its plot and focus on a not so traditional family.
New couple Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) are seeking a new addition to their family. Both men have it all: nice home, pretty cars, and successful careers. However, in that “perfect” world, Bryan and David are still missing something: a baby.
When the couple meets single mom Goldie (Georgia King), who recently moved to L.A for a fresh start, Bryan and David are instantly drawn to her. The three decide that Goldie would make the right surrogate mother. Now the couple’s life is complete—right? Wrong. Goldie’s grandmother, Jane (Ellen Barkin), shakes up things in the happy circle. Jane’s disapproval of Goldie’s decision and Bryan and David’s love life causes conflict.
Despite some negative remarks and protests against The New Normal, we at Pink and Black know this show is going to be a hit. The New Normal will be a voice for the new generation. Shows like this one and Modern Family are needed on TV to show the other side of parenting with same-sex parents and a dysfunctional family that love one another and stand up for what they believe in.
Hopefully, NBC viewers will give The New Normal a chance. It doesn’t need to be among the shows that were cancelled in the beginning of the year.
After watching the first few episodes, you will learn to understand and respect Bryan and David’s relationship, relate to Goldie’s struggle, and laugh at Jane’s blunt outbursts.
The New Normal airs on Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.
Story by Lawanda Johnson, staff writer.