There’s an unusual kind of family drama debuting Tuesday night on ABC. Like most series on TV, “No Ordinary Family,” premiering at 8, starts with a dysfunctional family. In the interest of family bonding, the Powells go on vacation to the Amazon, then come back changed. They all develop superpowers, and the fun of “No Ordinary Family” is watching how they adapt to these changes in their lives. Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) and Julie Benz (“Dexter”) are enjoyable as parents Jim and Stephanie, who are struggling to keep their relationship alive. Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett are a little too believable as their whiny teen children. Executive producer Greg Berlanti (“Everwood,” “Brothers & Sisters”) is a master of family drama, and he’s made a smart choice here grounding the show in family rather than special effects. However, up against “Glee” and “NCIS,” who’s left to watch it?
Unusual family drama debuts on ABC network
NO ORDINARY FAMILY - "No Ordinary Marriage" - Jim attempts to track down some elusive bank robbers, Stephanie looks into discovering the source of the family's newly acquired powers, and Daphne, trying to find a way keep the voices in her head from drowning out her ability to read minds, discovers that JJ has become a super genius but is hiding it from the family. Meanwhile Jim and Stephanie not only keep their powers a secret from the world but from each other too, as Stephanie discovers Jim has become a crime fighter and Jim finds out that Stephanie has used her new power of speed -- after promising not to -- on "No Ordinary Family," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/ERIC MCCANDLESS) MICHAEL CHIKLIS, JULIE BENZ
Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.