Parents' Guide to

No Ordinary Family

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Superpowers bring family closer; fun for teens and up.

TV ABC Drama 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 16+

okay if you don't object to foul language

This is not a show that can be claimed family-friendly, unless the family is one that accepts foul language and blatant disrespect for parental authority.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Had potential, but disappointed us...

This show had potential. We watched the first episode, and I was extremely disappointed to hear a mother of a middle school aged girl explain to her husband that the daughter wasn't "ready" yet to have a sexual relationship, as if it was merely a lifestyle choice that a 13 year old is mature enough to decide.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (9):

NO ORDINARY FAMILY is certainly no ordinary superhero series. Yes, there's some crime-fighting -- can you imagine a show about super-powered people who don't capture bad guys? But the focus here is more on how an average family tries to adapt to a very unusual situation. Besides criminals, there are dramas at school and conflicts at work with and spats at home -- you know, real life. These characters seem just like anyone else, except for their new abilities.

Chiklis is in familiar territory. He already looks larger than life, and he's already played a super strong hero, the Thing, in the movie version of Fantastic Four. But the look of wonder that comes over his face as Jim starts to grasp his new capabilities is pure fun. Panabaker also stands out as a mind-reading teen who quickly learns that hearing her classmates' inner thoughts is both enlightening and painful. Jim thinks his family is drifting apart -- and he hopes he can use his super strength to pull everyone back together. It's an intriguing premise -- and an insightful perspective on the busy modern family.

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