NBC’s The New Normal is a delightful show about a not very ordinary gay couple trying to have a surrogate daughter with a strange woman who has an oddball child and an unbelievably bigoted (and funny) grandmother. NeNe Leakes is also somehow involved. As much as it would like us to believe that this is the way the world works today, like most Ryan Murphy shows it is a celebration of the oddities within all of us. Therefore this weekly feature is both a celebration (and indictment) of all the abnormality contained within it.
Normal: Not wanting to have a baby shower.
Abnormal: A materialistic, narcissistic gay guy who likes to entertain not wanting to throw a party where everyone pays attention to him and gives him presents.
Normal: Forgetting Terence Trent D’Arby.
Abnormal: Forgetting “Sign Your Name” one of the all-time greatest jams.
Normal: Not wanting things you don’t need.
Abnormal: Not wanting presents. Who doesn’t want presents?!
Normal: Trying to make getting your crack waxed as easy as possible.
Abnormal: Making a bottom joke while doing it.
Normal: A new mother looking a mess.
Abnormal: Telling a new mother she looks a mess. Do you want to lose a digit.
Normal: Buying new parents a crib.
Abnormal: Buying them an Eames-inspired basinette made out of endangered wood. Actually, I have a feeling a lot of gaybys sleep in these.
Normal: A charitable organization accepting donations.
Abnormal: A charitable organization making you feel like crap for trying to drop off a whole bunch of stuff.
Normal: Having three cinnamons in the spice cabinet.
Abnormal: Not making one joke about Cinnamon on Facts of Life
Normal: Going to the pound and going home with a dog that you didn’t think you wanted until you stared into its adorable eyes.
Abnormal: Going to an orphanage and going home with a baby that you didn’t think you wanted until you stared into its adorable eyes.
Normal: Having a sassy black toddler make a “someone touched my junk” joke.
Abnormal: Not having seen Role Models.
Normal: Thinking Warhol is about drugs and soup.
Abnormal: Thinking Warhol is about attacking consumerism.
Normal: Fantasizing about what your child will be like when he or she grows up. Abnormal: Fantasizing about what your child’s sex life will be like when he or she grows up.
Normal: Making jokes about a fake baby shower.
Abnormal: Making Golden shower jokes about a fake baby shower (though those are a lot funnier).
Normal: Wanting to add a sassy black kid to your flailing network sitcom.
Abnormal: Thinking it’s going to turn out differently than it did with Urkel.
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