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Starring Justin Bartha, Andrew Rennells, Georgia King, and Ellen Barkin, NBC's show "The New Normal" follows the lives of a gay couple, David (played by Justin Bartha), who is a gynecologist, and Bryan (Andrew Rennells), who is a television producer. With successful carriers, and a good life, they want to start a family.They meet Goldie(Georgia King), a single mother, who as recently fled from Ohio, and her estranged marriage. With her eight year old daughter Shania she goes to Los Angles, dreaming of becoming a lawyer. She meets David and Bryan, and they hire Goldie to be their surrogate mother.

Goldie's Grandmother, Jane (Ellen Barkin), follows Goldie to Los Angles and joins her permanently. Jane brings some tension to the table. Jane who is conservative and Catholic has more than a little reservation about the gay couple, and the child Goldie is going to help them have. The characters become personally involved through the trials of pregnancy, raising children, and starting a family. "The New Normal" presents a positive, sunny, sitcom style look into the world, and changing times.

The show is completely conscious of the strong negative attitudes of the show's detractors. "The New Normal" makes a point of showing multiple view points on the issues of gay marriage, and gay parenting. It tries to show both sides of the argument through characters like Jane, who are not, necessarily, depicted as, nonsensical, backwards thinking, comic relief characters. The objections and reasoning behind the opinions of Jane's character and others like her are voiced within the show as well.

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1 Season, 22 Episodes - Canceled
September 11, 2012
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6.8/10
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The New Normal Full Episode Guide

  • It's the wedding day, and despite all the obstacles, Bryan and David are determined to get married before the arrival of the baby - but their son may have other plans.

  • Bryan and David must decide what to name their baby. The conflict prompts Goldie to reveal the origin of Shania's name leading to brief identity crises for both of them.

  • David's Boy Scout membership is revoked due to his lifestyle.

  • Bryan's research of natural child birthing techniques inspires him to encourage David to accept a more alternative method of delivery.

  • David stands up to Bryan when he starts making demands about his Halloween costume. Nicole Richie guest stars.

  • Bryan and David finally give in to Shania, Goldie, and especially Rocky's pleadings to let them throw a baby shower.

  • Bryan and David realize that their puppy, Harvey Milkbone, has been preparing them for the ups and downs of parenting.

  • When breastfeeding becomes a topic of interest while talking with their friends, Bryan begins to wish for a natural connection for their baby to-be.

  • When Shania meets Rocky's new crush, Chris, she claims that her 'gaydar' is indicating Chris is more interested in men.

  • Brian and David consider who should be the stay-at-home dad. Meanwhile, Rocky assumes David's position as producer.

  • In an attempt to help Gary find the right guy, Bryan and David hook him up with Bryan's ex, Monty, who is a bonafide party animal. Things take an unexpected turn when Monty asks Goldie to be his surrogate.

  • Is it a boy...or a girl? How will it affect the family dynamic?

  • The gang discuss their Thanksgivings from the past and decide to enjoy the holiday with their new family.

  • Bryan participates in his annual Halloween festivities by decorating the house and going to the pumpkin patch with Nicole Richie. With the help of Sam, the 'Sing' make-up artist, Bryan tells everyone what their costume will be. He plans a "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" theme and David defies him by being Tom Brady. Goldie continues the custody battle for Shania. Clay has surprising news.

  • David and Bryan want godparents for their baby.

  • It's a wedding celebration and Bryan decides to plan the event of the season.

  • While David intends to tell his mother, Francis about the baby, Bryan commiserates with Goldie about in-laws. Elsewhere, Jane experiences an unusual sensation during an encounter with a younger man and confides in David for advice.

  • Shania anticipates her school's upcoming mock election and shocks Bryan and David when reveals who she's voting for. Meanwhile, the boys begin a campaign to influence Goldie's all important vote.

  • Bryan disregards David's warnings and goes overboard buying baby clothes. Elsewhere, Shania wears one of the baby outfits to school and makes a new friend, which lands Goldie in an awkward parent teacher moment.

  • Nana locates Goldie's ex. Meanwhile, David and Bryan reminisce about the first time they met and decide to go out like they did when they were younger.

  • With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, Bryan and David are missing only one thing: a baby. Could Goldie be just the surrogate mother they're searching for?

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