And finally, a sane family... NOT!

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 1:44pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
The New Normal is a brand new American comedy series created by Ryan Murphy.

Awww! (please let us finish gushing before we start...) OK. There, we’re done! The New Normal is a brand new American comedy series created by Ryan Murphy and like his previous creations (Glee and American Horror Story, to name a few), The New Normal is also terribly cute and addictive.

Keeping in mind the brand new fad of gay couples and how adorable they can be, The New Normal, now showing on Star World, follows the lives of Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), a happy Los Angeles gay couple, with extremely successful careers. Theirs is a love that can be envied and almost like a slap on mainstream American homosexual portrayal, this couple is an amalgamation of many paradoxes — yet, they’re still really pretty. Frankly, we’d like a more real-to-life Mitchell and Cameron (Modern Family), anyday!

Anyway, the couple finally reach a new level in their relationship... well, actually more like... Bryan sees a baby in a pram while shopping and is immediately convinced that he wants ‘one of those’ (the baby) and David agrees. They decide to surrogate and that’s how they meet Goldie (Georgia King), a single mother and waitress from Ohio, who has fled (escaped?) to LA with her nine-year-old daughter Shania (Bebe Wood) to escape their former life and start anew. Their meeting is beautiful and their pairing, well, incomparable. These characters form the crux of the show.

Add to this mad mix, Jane (Ellen Barkin), Goldie’s conservative grandmother, who follows the family to the city against her granddaughter’s wishes and Rocky (NeNe Leakes), Bryan’s personal assistant and you’ve got yourself the whole cast for at least the first seven episodes. Oh wait, how could we forget the adorably dumb (and handsome) Clay Clemmons (Jayson Blair), Goldie’s estranged husband and Shania’s father, who later plans to ask for the custody of Shania.
But we’re going too far, too fast. The first few episodes, beautifully narrate the story of how Goldie decides to surrogate for the gay couple and how Shania sets into her new life in LA — that of course — with lots of extremely offensive, racist, sexist, discriminatory, hilarious and adorably caustic comments, courtesy Jane.

The show runs for half an hour and we can assure complete entertainment all through. The show is fun and pokes fun at stereotypes, elaborating, quite controversially on the fact that people are intrinsically accepting, tolerant and good — just that situations can change them. That’s what we like most about this show — the fact that everything is logical, everything is explained and that everything is accepted, makes sense and love always prevails. This is what families should be sitting down to watch while they eat dinner. That and the fact that the show pays tribute to Grey Gardens — like really, do you need more reason to watch it?


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