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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The New Normal (TV series)

It is so interesting to see more and more gay themed sitcoms being shown on American television. Years back Will & Grace changed the face and this recently was continued in 2013 with this new sitcom. Aired with 22 episodes in season 1, unfortunately it never got renewed but thankfully the season 1 ended up quite decent and so the viewers were not really left high and dry.

The series is about the gay couple Bryan and David living in LA. Bryan is a prodcuer/events co ordinated while David is a doctor. They are a cute couple who have been together for a while and are now looking to expand their family by either adoption or surrogacy.They are quite well to do and successful. A chance meet with Goldie changes their life forever. Goldie is a very young single mother, midwestern waitress who doesn't have a handle on her life. Trying to escape her overbearing small-minded grandmother, she decides to leave her cheating husband and move to LA with her sweetest 8 year old daughter Shanaya. Desperate and broke - but also fertile - Goldie quickly becomes the guys' surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family. Jane, the grandmother follows her to LA and decided to stick in the city. Goldie becomes pregnant and then a;ll the subsequent episodes follow their journey amidst love, life , laughter, sorrow, family etc.

The show has some very witty lines and make you laugh. The characters may not be believable but thats not always important. Jane as grandmother and Shanaya as the daughter are just too good and hilarious. When I saw the first episode I though David was very mechanical and so not fit for the character but over a period of time he also started growing on me. The show goes through standard stereotypes and mocking the myths. Bryan is fussy, superficial, obsessed with looks, celebrities, dieting, designer clothes, etc. David is the more practical one. Goldie is trying to figure out how to make a life on her own without depending on granny. Jane as grandma is learning and trying to be broad minded but is always judgmental about each and everything. oh ! and how can I forget Bryan's production assistant Rocky, the quintessential loud big sassy black girl. She was also quite good. Goldie's husband Clay also features in a lot of episodes and is very cute guy in a very dumb sort of way.

Overall, i thought the series was a good guilty pleasure. It wasn't mind blowing or earth shattering but nevertheless it did manage to entertain me and wish that there was a next season. (6.5/10)

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