The New Normal

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NBC (ended 2013)

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  • Using a Complicated Situation for Easy Laughs

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    After just a few episodes of The New Normal, I'm already questioning whether the characters Bryan and David have the parenting skills to carry the ridiculous premise of this sitcom into a second season. I get that all the gay cliches make for easy yuks and even "edgy" humor for the flyover states. And I should expect no less than dialogue which whiplashes from shock value to smarmy, politically correct sentiment from the creators of Glee (a show that portrayed teen pregnancy as being as traumatic as having a pimple). But the cliches and shallow humor make the gay power couple and future dads barely likeable. Modern Family's Mitch and Cam are a much more relatable portrayal of same-sex parents. But where The New Normal really makes no sense and treads on disturbing territory is the relationship the couple have with their baby-mama-for-hire surrogate, Goldie, and her daughter. I know of only one gay couple that has had children through a surrogate. Like the show's characters they have lots of disposable income and are connected with the entertainment industry, but that's where the similarities end. They were strongly encouraged not to form too close a relationship with their surrogate and went through arduous contractual arrangements for what is an incredibly sensitive legal and human transaction. The cost of that contract went up significantly when it was learned the surrogate was carrying twins. I'm assuming in the show's fantasy portrayal of same-sex surrogacy parenting, Bryan and David intend to continue the relationship they have with Goldie and Shania after the baby is born. Does that also mean Goldie and Shania will have a relationship with their daughter and sibling? Does that relationship include Goldie breast-feeding the infant? And what if Goldie actually gets to meet a man she'd like to have a future with? What becomes of her maternal attachment to the power dads' baby then? The show would be way more interesting and real if it addressed these issues. But these are complicated, emotional and societal issues that are hammered out in the surrogacy contract. It's much easier to make jokes out of baby clothes, pretend weddings, little Edie impersonations and a bigoted Nana.
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