I was really excited about the new ABC show, No Ordinary Family. My 6 year old was really excited about this show, too.
The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim (Michael Chiklis, The Shield Fantastic Four) feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie (Julie Benz, Dexter), and two teenage children, Daphne (Kay Panabaker, Summerland) and JJ (Jimmy Bennett, Star Trek). To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they will soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart?
Since the show was airing in the 8pm time-slot, I thought it would be safe to watch with the kids. I let Anthony stay up to watch it (superhero’s are right up his alley!). Unfortunately, I was wrong.
A lot of the episode was based around the daughter’s decision to not “sleep” with her high school boyfriend. There was lots of “sleeping around” and “virginity” talk. Now, the message was a good message…she was abstaining. But I sat here cringing and waiting for my 6 year old to ask “what’s a virgin?”
Then there was a scene with the parents snuggling in bed with each other. Nothing too risque, but of course my 6 yo who notices everything asked, “is she wearing any clothes?”
In ABC’s defense, the show did have a rating of PG. I guess I need to start paying attention to those a little closer. I should not have assumed that an 8pm show would be appropriate for young children…even though young children are awake at 8pm.
I guess my biggest beef really is just wondering “why?” Why couldn’t they make a completely family friendly show about a family of super hero’s? Why did they have to pepper it with sex talk and bad language (“bitch” and “whore” were used)? Why does network TV have to be like that? It’s a shame that television shows have to do this. This would have been a great show and I could have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have to sit cringing. And now, next week, Anthony will be all upset that he doesn’t get to watch it again.
I guess we’ll just keep Nick Jr. turned on 24/7. That seems to be the safest bet.
Did you watch this show? All in all, I actually did like the story. It had some funny moments and could be a fun family show. Just not for this family.