“It’s a wonderful ensemble, one well served by the bright and pointed writing. Oh, and, admirably, the show doesn’t shy away from the gay stuff. Progressive and genuinely funny, The Real O’Neals depicts a modern family in many rich and thoughtful ways.”
“Speechless” joins a set of accomplished and inclusive ABC family sitcoms, like “black-ish”, “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Real O’Neals”. Respectively, these shows explore life for a black family, an Asian-American family and an Irish Catholic family with a gay son–all stories that signal a new and welcome openness to all sorts of stories on network television.”
If you missed “The Real O’Neals” in its first season, now is the time to give it a second look.
Like “Fresh Off The Boat” last spring, new ABC family comedy series “The Real O’Neals” showed promise in its midseason launch with good reviews and steady ratings. And just like “Fresh Off The Boat”, it is being picked up for a second season. This marks the second comedy series renewal for ABC Studios, along with “Black-ish”, as ABC’s sister studio is looking to grow its comedy business.
My current favorite sitcom on TV is an outlier in almost every respect: it airs on a network, it features a gay lead character, and it’s funnier than it is sad. And it’s not too late for you to get with it. “The Real O’Neals” is ABC’s latest family sitcom success in a string of them, the best of which have been steadily and successfully expanding the notions of what the American family sitcom looks like.
Plimpton’s funny streak continues in “The Real O’Neals,” an ABC sitcom loosely inspired by the experiences of sex columnist Dan Savage. Plimpton stars as Eileen O’Neal, a devout Irish Catholic mother struggling to accept her newly out-of-the-closet teenage son.
The Real O’Neals, the first of several midseason launches on deck at ABC, opened on Wednesday night with two original episodes.
If you want to measure how far TV representations of queer people have come since Will & Grace’s attractive gay leads spent entire seasons without any romantic action, please note that on ABC’s new sitcom The Real O’Neals, only six episodes elapse between 16-year-old Kenny O’Neal’s coming out and his first gay date.
Somehow, ABC’s new sitcom “The Real O’Neals” manages to feel both overdue and right on time. You’d think we’d have seen a show like this before. But it’s a perfect fit with the authenticity we demand from television now — even in sitcom land.
Back in the 1990s, NBC owned the single-in-the-city sitcom genre, with “Seinfeld” and “Friends” among the big hits. Now, ABC owns the family sitcom genre, having taken the success of “Modern Family” and added on “The Middle,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Black-ish.” On Wednesday night, “The Real O’Neals” joins the party. It’s based in part on the life of Dan Savage, the advice columnist, author, journalist, and founder of the It Gets Better Project.