No Ordinary Family

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No Ordinary Family cast
ABC © 2010

ABC has a new sci-fi drama that centers around a typical American family that gains super powers after their small plane crashes in the Amazon River. I have to admit, when I first saw commercials for this series I had some doubts. Michael Chiklis stars as the dad, and all I could think of was, "Oh...The Thing from the Fantastic 4 is in a show where he as super human strength!? Weird!"

Superhero shows are pretty much hit or miss, and this show came off as kind of cheesy in the commercials.

After watching the series premiere, I've definitely changed my tune! This show reminds me of a live action Incredibles (which is one of my favorite Pixar movies).

Both involve families that don't really connect, or do things together (and they argue and fight a lot), the romance has died in the parents' relationship, and in both families their powers end up bringing everyone together.

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Michael Chiklis as Jim Powel, and Romany Malco as George St. Cloud
ABC © 2010

Here's a rundown of everyone's powers. The dad has super strength, the mom has super speed, the daughter has telepathy, and the son has super intelligence. Their powers relate very well to their personalities and personal weaknesses which I thought was very clever.

The dad, Jim Powell tells his best friend George about his powers, and
these two immediately steal the show (picture above). I think they're my favorite
characters right now.

Overall, this show is great, and the visual effects are very good for
network prime time television. There was even an X-Men reference! I'll have to add this on my "shows to
watch" list. I hope it doesn't get canceled too soon.

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