No Ordinary Family

ABC (ended 2011)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 20

    No Ordinary Beginning

    Aired 4/5/11

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    No Ordinary Future

    Aired 3/26/11

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    No Ordinary Animal

    Aired 3/22/11

  • S 1 : Ep 17

    No Ordinary Love

    Aired 3/1/11

  • S 1 : Ep 16

    No Ordinary Proposal

    Aired 2/22/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Chiklis

    Jim Powell

  • Julie Benz

    Stephanie Powell

  • Kay Panabaker

    Daphne Powell

  • Jimmy Bennett

    JJ Powell

  • Autumn Reeser

    Katie Andrews

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  • show Description
  • ABC Studios brings to life the story of the Powells. They're an every day, typical American family who undergo a remarkable transformation after the charter plane they hired crashes in the Amazon River. They receive superpowers but attempt to live ordinary lives. However, they soon discover that there is a conspiracy at work, and that they're not the only ones with special abilities.

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  • Quotes (145)

    • Katie: (to Stephanie) Thanks to your increased metabolic rate, your life is like a never-ending spin class. So despite the need for massive caloric intake, you're gonna be a size zero for the rest of your life. (sighs) I hate you.

    • George: I'm no expert in marriage, as my first two wives will attest.

    • JJ: I don't know why you guys can't just go without me and Photoshop me in later.

    • Lindsay: Yeah, I'm really glad that you survived the accident. Those memorial assemblies are super depressing. Daphne: Oh, I know. I remember the one we had for your virginity. What was it, two years ago?

    • George: Most of them can fly. Jim: I can't fly. George: I remember when you couldn't catch bullets, either. Jim: I can't fly. George: Just take a running jump. Look, get a head of steam, right -- and you just think like something that can fly. Swoosh. Jim: That's easy for you to say, but if this doesn't work, I'm roadkill. George: From the guy that begged me to shoot him the other day.

    • Jim: The problems we face may no longer be ordinary. But then again... neither are we.

    • Stephanie: (to Jim) You were extraordinary before you could ever catch a bullet.

    • Daphne: It's not fair! I can't be a virgin AND a freak!

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    Notes (44)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 28, 2010 on CTV
      Latin America: November 2, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Sweden: January 02, 2011 on Kanal 5
      UK: January 11, 2011 on Watch
      Australia: May 2, 2011 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: June 27, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music: An der schönen blauen Donau [a.k.a. The Blue Danube] (Johann Strauss), Shut Up and Let Me Go (The Ting Tings), Dilly (Band of Horses)

    • The comic book that JJ is reading after Jim talks to him is Wolverine #42, a Civil War tie-in. It was the first issue written by Marc Guggenheim, consulting producer on the series.

    • As of the first "regular" episode, Stephen Collins is promoted to show star status, and Christina Chang is moved to guest star status, reversing their credits from the pilot.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 5, 2010 on CTV
      Sweden: January 9, 2010 on Kanal 5
      UK: January 11, 2011 on Watch
      Australia: May 9, 2011 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: June 27, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music: Shake Your Grove Thing (Peaches & Herb), Mambo #5 (Lou Bega), Sit Down Beside Me (Patrick Watson), That's How Strong My Love Is (Ryan Bingham)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 12, 2010 on CTV
      Sweden: January 16, 2011 on Kanal 5
      UK: January 18, 2011 on Watch
      Australia: May 16, 2011 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: June 28, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music: Hell's Bells (AC/DC), Club Can't Handle Me (Flo Rida), Life in Letters (Lucy Schwartz)

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    Trivia (12)

    • While Tate Donovan was credited as having a starring role in this episode, his character, Mitch McCutcheon, was only on screen for a matter of moments.

    • With only a few days having passed since the pilot episode, indicated by Stephanie and Katie only beginning their investigation into the powers the Powells developed and JJ bringing home his first "A" on the test he had done in the pilot episode, why then did Detective Cho give no indication whatsoever that she had been recently shot in the shoulder?

    • While Stephanie was pushing the vaccuum cleaner at super-speed to get the house cleaned up quickly, that does not mean the machine will pull dirt up proportionately faster. She would actually overpass any dirt on the floor before the vaccuum cleaner could pick it up.

    • When J.J is giving his urine sample to Katie, it is in a ziplock bag. However, in the next scene the cup is in his hand.

    • After the events of "No Ordinary Mobster," Jim quite rightly takes several seconds making sure he is properly disguised before taking on the first group of conductors. However, when he fights crooks at the money train, he doesn't bother to conceal his face at all.

    • Trivia: Daphne's middle name is Nicole.

    • Time travel stories are typically paradoxical. However, one major causality problem here is that the only indicated way that Jim can be at City Square in the future timeline to find the sniper is because... Stephanie told him she saw him at City Square looking for the sniper, based on her knowledge of the future. But the future timeline is what happened if Stephanie hadn't traveled in time. So Jim couldn't have been there to cause the incident that Stephanie tries to prevent, because Stephanie hadn't traveled through time yet to tell him to be there.

    • Stephanie's return points to the present are inconsistent. When she was running out of town at the end of the last episode, she returns to her own street when she comes back to the present. In every other instance, she comes back to her point of departure.

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    Allusions (37)

    • Katie: Oh, Kitty Pryde. Yeah, she's my favorite X-Man. X-Woman, technically. Referencing a teenage Marvel superhero and mutant, Kitty Pryde, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. She has the power to phase through solid objects and disrupt electrical circuitry. As can be seen on Katie's figurine, Kitty is accompanied by a small alien dragon-like creature, Lockheed, which breathes fire and is highly intelligent.

    • Minor character: Chad Claremont Comic book writer Chris Claremont is a major figure in the industry, credited with turning the X-Men into a major success in the late 70s and 80s. He created Kitty Pryde (see above). Executive producer Marc Guggenheim, himself a comic book writer, often slips the names of famous comic writers and artists into his works.

    • Jim: Hey, George, I'm on top of the Simonson Building, heading north. There is no Simonson Building in San Francisco. However, Walt Simonson is a comic book artist who has worked for both DC and Marvel comics, as well as an adaptation of Aliens for Heavy Metal. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim often includes comic book references in his TV production such as Eli Stone.

    • George: Here's what we know so far: you can jump just over a quarter mile in a single leap. Jim: A single what? George: Fine. A single bound. A reference to the famous line describing Superman, who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. It originated in the 1940s radio show and was carried into the 1950s television show The Adventures of Superman, in which the announcer said at the beginning of each episode: "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!"

    • Stephanie: My company will be donating their box at the symphony for an evening with Yo-Yo Ma.

      Yo-Yo Ma (1955-) is a famous Chinese cellist, best known for his performances of Bach's Cello Suites. He performs with his own Silk Road Ensemble, and for movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha. At the time this episode went to air, he served on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

    • George: Nobody ever saw what Superman's first day on the job looked like. This allusion to Superman refers to the iconic superhero created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster in 1932.

    • Katie: He's out there on the street and he's kickin' Batman. This line alludes to the DC Comics vigilante, Batman, who terrorizes the criminal element in Gotham City in order to keep the regular citizens safe.

    • The Watcher The character name is an allusion to the race of powerful cosmic beings in the Marvel Comics Universe called "The Watchers." While they command vast cosmic power, they are sworn only to dispassionately observe and record the actions of other races for historical posterity and never interfere in the natural course of events.

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  • Fan Reviews (55)
  • Not Again!!!

    By kieronsolf, May 13, 2014

  • Bring Back No Ordinary Family

    By PitBullGuardian, Jan 05, 2014

  • bring season 2 come on please??.......

    By freddyrcarter, Aug 20, 2013

  • Love this show

    By ErriKartika, Mar 25, 2013

  • Where is season 2!?

    By JamesDiamond, Mar 01, 2013

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