‘No Ordinary Family’ Looks Schmaltzy, But Has Potential

This week we’ve been inundated with announcements about new shows from all of the networks of the television world. And while we’re still trying to make sense of it all in between marathons of Freaks and Geeks and The Wonder Years (yes, that’s happening here at Reject HQ), we have seen a few things that have impressed us.

One such show is No Ordinary Family, starring Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz and Kay Panabaker. It’s all about a family who takes an ill-advised vacation and ends up in a nasty plane crash. When they return to civilization, they realize that something happened after the crash that left them with superpowers. It has a bit of a My Super Ex-Girlfriend vibe and the trailer is uber-schmaltzy, but with the talent involved — including a small role for Romany Malco — I’d be willing to give it a chance. Have a look at the trailer and plot synopsis, which I picked up over at Genre Addict. No Ordinary Family will air on ABC in the fall.


The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship lacked the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children; leaving little time for family bonding. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells as they soon discover that something’s not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct superpowers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important as they try to find purpose for their new power and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family that happens to be a little bit amazing.


Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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