This season of new television shows has been extremely rough on new shows. Some shows popped up and disappeared after an episode or two. Some lasted a little longer. Meanwhile, two shows I have really enjoyed aren’t doing exceptionally well. So here’s my appeal to all of the television viewing audience. Please give “No Ordinary Family” and “Defenders” a shot. You may just enjoy them.
“No Ordinary Family”
“No Ordinary Family” is a wonderful family show with bits of humor and drama thrown in. The series deals with a family that gained superpowers after a plane accident. It’s the traditional nuclear family, with a superstrong dad, fast mom, mind reading daughter, and supergenius kid. They spend most of their time dealing with a garden variety of bank robbers and other thieves, but have recently the show has begun to deal with supervillians, like a flame throwing maniac and an assassin who became a ball of mist.
The show also deals with the repercussions of suddenly realizing they all have powers. The kids are tempted to spend (and have spent) most of their powers to get dates and become more popular. But recently they have begun to realize they could step up and use their abilities to help others. Meanwhile, the parents have struggled with trying to use their powers to help others while still being there for their family. The father worries about letting his wife use her powers to be a hero. She, on the other hand, wants to be accepted as an equal, just like in the rest of their marriage. I feel the show really hits the balance of character drama, action, and special effects, so definitely tune in if you like sci-fi based shows.
“The Defenders” meanwhile stars Jim Belushi as a wizened old lawyer, much like “Matlock.” However, he doesn’t work in a southern city. Instead, he works in Vegas and has to deal with strippers, prostitutes, and the mafia. His past is sufficiently mysterious for shows now. He has some connections with the mob, and recently separated from his wife.
His junior partner fills in the good looking guy quotient for the ladies. He also seems to channel his inner Captain Kirk, when it comes to the ladies. He doesn’t always quite understand Jim’s character or his scruples, but his heart usually ends up in the right place.
Most entertaining to me was the recent guest appearances by Dan Akroyd. He is the crazy local judge, who hates Jim’s law firm with a passion, and frequently cited Jim for disruptions in the court. But that all changed in recent episodes when he was arrested in a police sting on drug charges and prostitution. In the end, he was found innocent, but left the bench. He promised to return as a crusading DA, which would be perfect.
I think both of these shows have a lot of potential. I would hate to see it all come crashing down due to low viewership. I have seen some horrible shows last several seasons and these are actually decent shows. Give them a shot.