No Ordinary Family

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No Ordinary Family
No Ordinary Family 2010 Intertitle.png
Genre
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Jon Harmon Feldman
  • Morgan Wandell
  • David Semel
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Berlanti Television
Oh That Gus!, Inc.
ABC Studios
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p
Original runSeptember 28, 2010 (2010-09-28) – April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05)
 
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No Ordinary Family
No Ordinary Family 2010 Intertitle.png
Genre
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Jon Harmon Feldman
  • Morgan Wandell
  • David Semel
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Berlanti Television
Oh That Gus!, Inc.
ABC Studios
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p
Original runSeptember 28, 2010 (2010-09-28) – April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05)

No Ordinary Family is an American television series that aired on ABC and CTV in Canada. The one-hour science fiction comedy-drama was produced by ABC Studios for the 2010–11 television season. The series ran from September 28, 2010, to April 5, 2011, on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm ET/PT.[1][2] The show centers on the Powells, a typical American family living in fictional Pacific Bay, California, whose members gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Amazon, Brazil.

On May 13, 2011, ABC announced that No Ordinary Family had been cancelled due to low ratings.[3][4] The 20 episodes are currently available on hulu.com.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Development and casting[edit]

On January 25, 2010, ABC green-lit production of the pilot, which was written by Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman.[9] David Semel directed the pilot. Berlanti and Feldman are executive producers, along with Morgan Wandell.[9][10]

In early February 2010, Michael Chiklis became the first actor to join the series, playing family patriarch Jim Powell.[11] Autumn Reeser was the next actor cast, to play a colleague of Jim's wife.[12] Romany Malco portrays Jim's best friend and college roommate.[13]

March 2010 casting included Julie Benz as Jim's wife and family matriarch Stephanie Powell[14] and Christina Chang as a police officer who works with Jim.[15] Tate Donovan is the mysterious pilot of the plane that crashes.[16][17] Rounding out the cast are Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett, who portray the Powell children Daphne and JJ.[18] Shay Carl- security guard

On May 12, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that ABC had picked up the series for the 2010–11 television season.[19] A few days later, Chuck writer and executive producer Allison Adler (credited as Ali Adler) announced that she would be joining the show's writing team.[20] At the end of May, Smallville writers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin joined the writing team.[21]

On June 3, 2010, Donovan and Chang left the show due to the completion of their story lines. Producers said there was a potential for Donovan to come back as guest stars at a later date.[22] Stephen Collins, who initially had a small role in the series, was promoted to a series regular in mid-June.[7] Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello reports that Josh Stewart, late of Criminal Minds, has joined the cast as the Watcher.[8]

On October 25, 2010 ABC gave the series a full-season order.[23] This order was cut back to 20 episodes on February 26, 2011.[24]

At the beginning of March 2011, the two lead stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz signed for Fall 2011 CBS pilot offers.[25] Also, around the same time, there were reports that Disney was temporarily moving the series' sets from their lot.[26]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Series premiereSeries finale
120September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28)April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05)

The series focused on the Powells, their powers and attempting to discover the nefarious plot of Dr. Dayton King, Stephanie's boss.

In the pilot episode, Jim Powell forces his disjointed family into a vacation to Brazil, which ends when their plane crashes in the Amazon Rainforest and the family returns home. In time, each family member is revealed to have a superpower: Jim has superhuman strength, which includes leaping tall buildings in a single bound and near-invincibility; Stephanie has superhuman speed; Daphne has telepathy, specifically mind reading; and JJ has superintelligence, although he keeps his power a secret from his parents for a while.

Assistant district attorney George St. Cloud, Jim's close friend, and Katie Andrews, Stephanie's lab assistant, share in the family's secret adventures and discoveries. Jim begins to use his powers to fight crime, drawing increasing police attention to his vigilantism, Stephanie uses her scientists' job at Global Tech to better understand the family's powers, and both JJ and Daphne develop crushes. Katie also meets a man, Will, who is soon revealed to be hiding his true identity, Joshua; Daphne learns that he's a super, but he wipes her mind. As Joshua and Katie's relationship forms, his ulterior motive of spying on the Powells for Dr. King is nearly revealed, time and time again until he must use his superpowers against another of King's supers, Victoria Morrow, to save Katie; she was sent to ensure Joshua's cooperation in spying by killing his girlfriend.

Through Jim's crimefighting, the family learns of the existence of other "supers." Meanwhile, Stephanie learns of decades-old Global Tech research into a flower called trillsettum, which is the source of their powers. Interspersed with the supers of the week are apparently minor revelations, including the Stephanie's discovery of Jim's superpower's weakness, cinoxate, Daphne's discovery that her power also encompasses forcing thoughts into other people's minds, JJ's math teacher's realization of the boy's powers and manipulation by Dr. King, and the death of Victoria after she attempts to kill and replace him. Joshua disposes of Victoria's body.

As Stephanie gains access to King's secret research into trillsettum, she realizes his central role in the sudden appearance of supers, who are all criminals injected with the purified chemical serum. While Stephanie works on an antidote to the serum, Joshua proposes to Katie, but the revelation of his erasure of Daphne's memory leads Katie to renounce her love of him shortly before she realizes her pregnancy. An attack on Katie by an animal-like super shows the fetus's superhuman abilities. After Stephanie is attacked by the same super, her infection worsens so bad that Jim takes her to Dr. King and begs for the serum to save her life; she recovers and discovers that her abilities, when amplified, allow her to travel in time.

In due time, Mrs. X is introduced as an apparent enemy of Global Tech's secret research, but later as CEO of the company and merely an antagonist to Dr. King. Mrs. X revives Victoria, tasking her with looking after Katie's baby. When JJ's math teacher is killed and JJ is kidnapped, the family demand Dr. King's cooperation in their search. King reveals that he has used trillsettium for decades to sustain his body against cancer, and directs them to Global Tech's secret lab, where they are captured by Mrs. X. Imprisoned with JJ, Joshua learns of Katie's pregnancy and the boy finally solves the mystery of the family's permanent powers where others require frequent injection of serum. When Mrs. X threatens to kill Daphne, JJ shares the information and Mrs. X orders the family's execution and leaves the building. However, Dr. King arrives, saves Stephanie and the children, and shoots Jim, then professes his love to Mrs. Powell. Jim, still alive, attacks King, whose own abilities have been amplified by excessive trillsettium. Eventually, JJ manages to inject King with the antidote, resulting in his death, but the family is too late to prevent Mrs. X from loading a plane with 80 criminals, plus Victoria and George (who followed a series of clues to discover Victoria's imitation of Joshua), to be permanently turned into supers. Joshua helps deliver Katie's premature super baby; the National Security Agency arrives at the Powell's home to request assistance in recovering the crashed plane's super criminals.

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The premiere was watched by 10.69 million viewers,[27] the second episode dropped to 8.99 million viewers.[28]

Critical reception[edit]

The series pilot episode received mostly positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic gave the series a score of 65 out of 100, indicating generally favorable reviews based on 28 professional critics.[29] Alessandra Stanley from The New York Times gave an average review, praising the fact that the show offers "calmer, more restrained fantasy about paranormal prowess" by combining shows like Heroes and Lost with the wholesome fantasy of Pixar's The Incredibles and Disney's The Swiss Family Robinson, but concluded her review by saying that "it's not clear whether this series—a hybrid of family drama and graphic novel—can sustain interest once the premise is fully established".[30] Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a review saying that "There's lot of promise here, of drama, action, comedy, etc, all wrapped up in a family-friendly series."[31] The Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin gave a positive review by saying that the show is "a perceptive and engaging comedy-drama about domestic dysfunction", he also praised Benz and Chiklis saying that they are "splendid as a startled couple", with Panabaker "as their sulky, contemptuous daughter".[32]

Praise about the main leads also came from The Boston Globe, with critic Matthew Gilbert saying that it's nice to see Chiklis and Benz in roles different from their previous television roles, and ends his review by saying that "With believable chemistry together, Chiklis and Benz help create a solid TV couple and, let's hope, no ordinary series".[33] However, Verne Gay from Newsday criticized Chiklis' performance saying that it is a "spectacular...case of miscasting".[34]

International broadcasts[edit]

The series premiered in the U.S. and Canada on September 28, 2010,[35][36] and in Latin America on October 8, 2010 on SET. The show was one of the first US Fall 2010–2011 new series to premiere in South Africa and aired on M-Net Series from November 2010. It premiered in Italy on October 6, 2010, on Fox Italy, part of the Sky Italy Broadcast Group, and in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2011, on Watch, part of the UKTV group.[37] In New Zealand the series premiered on February 3, 2011 on TV2.[38] In Greece the series premiered March 3, 2011 on FX (Greece).[39] The series premiered in Hong Kong on March 24, 2011 on TVB Pearl at 10:35 pm every Thursday.[40] In Russia the series premiered Apr 4, 2011 on Fox Life. On May 2, 2011 the series premiered in Australia on the Seven Network at 7:30 pm, and in India on Zee Cafe at 10:00 pm. In Slovakia the series premiered June 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm on TV JOJ.[41]

DVD releases[edit]

The show was released on DVD on September 9, 2011.[42]

References[edit]

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  42. ^ "No Ordinary Family DVD news: Announcement for No Ordinary Family – The Complete 1st Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 

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