Parents' Guide to

Ordinary Joe

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Confusing "what if" drama has mature themes, drinking.

TV NBC Drama 2021
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

New concept!

This show addresses the question most of us has had at one time or another: How would my life have turned out if I would have chosen another path? Great watch. Loved it.

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age 15+

Absolutely Charming

Whilst it may not be for everyone, it definitely has a set of crowd that will love a series (not at the caliber of This is us) but working it's way based on the pilot. Not quite confusing if people actually watched it without being focused on their phones..etc. Only problem will be renewal considering it's been out on the death slot by NBC. The acting was amazing even with flawed characters, you get swayed easily to start feeling emotions for them. Whilst others may say it's ambition is big for itself, I say not quite, we've barely seen the capabilities of the writers, so why limit them at the very start. Looking for a wholesome, charming drama that scratches the constant of itch of asking yourself what if questions?, then this is the show for you

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Is It Any Good?

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This well-intentioned but convoluted series shows three versions of a man's life ten years after he makes the decision that will determine its course. Joe Kimbreau's (James Wolk) life unfolds as three parallel universes, in which he is either a nurse raising a disabled son (played by John Gluck), a single NYPD police officer, or the rock star he wanted to be. Each of these narratives offer their own set of weighty, prime-time drama worthy situations, leading to moments when Kimbreau thinks about what his life could have been had he made a different choice a decade prior. But there's a lot that's going on in each episode, and the seamless shifting between his three possible lives is confusing. Meanwhile, thanks to the lackluster writing, Ordinary Joe feels surprisingly predictable from the onset, and leaves you questioning how far the show's overall story world can really go without it becoming silly or boring. It's not an ordinary drama, but doesn't seem to hit its mark.

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