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No Ordinary Family: Season 1

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Product Description

The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim (Michael Chiklis, “The Shield,” “Fantastic Four”) feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie (Julie Benz, “Dexter”), and two teenage children, Daphne (Kay Panabaker, “Summerland”) and JJ (Jimmy Bennett, “Star Trek”). To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they will soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart?

Disc 1: 215 min total
Ep 101: No Ordinary Pilot: 43 min
Ep 102: No Ordinary Marriage: 43 min
Ep 103: No Ordinary Ring: 43 min
Ep 104: No Ordinary Vigilante: 43 min
Ep 105: No Ordinary Quake: 43 min


Disc 2: 215 min total
Ep 106: No Ordinary Visitors: 43 min
Ep 107: No Ordinary Mobster: 43 min
Ep 108: No Ordinary Accident: 43 min
Ep 109: No Ordinary Anniversary: 43 min
Ep 110: No Ordinary Sidekick: 43 min


Disc 3: 215 min total
Ep 111: No Ordinary Friends: 43 min
Ep 112: No Ordinary Brother: 43 min
Ep 113: No Ordinary Detention: 43 min
Ep 114: No Ordinary Double Standard: 43 min
Ep 115: No Ordinary Powell: 43 min


Disc 4: 227 min total
Ep 116: No Ordinary Proposal: 43 min
Ep 117: No Ordinary Love: 43 min
Ep 118: No Ordinary Animal: 43 min
Ep 119: No Ordinary Future: 43 min
Ep 120: No Ordinary Beginning: 43 min


Bonus Material: 12 min

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After spending time down in the dark as, respectively, the terrifyingly immovable object at the center of The Shield and Dexter's unsuspecting love interest, it's more than understandable that both Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz would look for an opportunity to kick back a bit. The all-ages superhero show No Ordinary Family takes a few episodes to get into gear, but eventually achieves an appealing balance between wide-eyed goofiness and fanboyish in-jokes. Series creators Jon Harmon Feldman and Greg Berlanti (Everwood) quickly establish their origin story: following a mysterious plane crash in the jungle, a squabbling family develops powers (invulnerability for Dad, warp speed for Mom, mind reading and super-smarts for the kids). While struggling to comprehend the nature of their new abilities, they come into contact with a weekly succession of mutated baddies--Earthquake Girl, Smoke Man, Wolverine Dude, etc.--created by a sinister CEO (Stephen Collins, having a ball) with his own mysterious intentions for the family. While a promising foundation for a series, the elements do admittedly take a while to jell, slogging through some mundane story lines involving muggers and jewel thieves and the like before raising both the stakes and the effects budget. By the second half of the series, a satisfying mythology has snapped into place, particularly with the introduction of a Freon-blooded supervillain played by the terrific Lucy Lawless. Thankfully, even when the plot falters, the performances remain top-notch throughout. Chiklis and Benz both make for appealingly fallible parental figures, attempting to maintain order while also secretly delighting in their new abilities. As the younger members of the team, Jimmy Bennett and Kay Panabaker also impress, especially in the case of the latter, whose developing ability to tamper with the minds of others leads to some intriguingly thorny subplots. While the lack of a second season unfortunately keeps No Ordinary Family from reaching the potential hinted at by the last few episodes, Chiklis and Co. do their best to keep things soaring. --Andrew Wright

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett, Autumn Reeser
  • Directors: David Paymer, David Petrarca, David Semel, Greg Beeman, John Polson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 880 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056GLNQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "No Ordinary Family: Season 1" on IMDb

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No Ordinary Family was one of the greatest shows of the 2010-2011 season. It didn't dissapointed me at all, because the main cast is just amazing.
The plot is fresh, and it's (actually) a renovation of the whole superpower fiction. This first (and only season) is exciting, mysterious and it didn't tried too hard to be liked, because the ones we saw it know what i'm talking about. I wish it would come back for a second season, but ABC always makes wrong decisions that are about to be regret, because No Ordinary Family had better chances to improve than other veteran shows that just keep recycling stuff.

This show is a "must buy" if you like science fiction, and of course "no ordinary" plots.
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Loved this show. 2nd season had the potential to be huge story wise. Great characters and actors. All the good shows - that are different get cancelled
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Saw this in the bargain bins at Wal-mart and picked it up, never having heard of it before. A great deal! The casting is great, I have liked Judy Benz since Buffy/Angel and Michael Chilkis has been great in everything he has been in, dating back to the Commish and Wiseguy. The two kids are very sympathetic as well, although I could have done without the teen angst. Autumn Reeser as the lab assistant, is actually my favorite character on the show, her character should have also been the one given superpowers! She steals every scene she is in.

Having said all that, the show had multiple issues and I can see why it got cancelled. First, the stories are a bit lacking, very few of the episodes, if any, seem to stand out as memorable. It is hard to make people want to watch a show from week to week if it supplies little in the way of drama. Also, the villains are not dark enough, they are like the villains one might see on Charlie's Angels. You really can't have a conflict of good vs. evil if there is no evil. The first season of Heroes, still one of the best seasons ever on TV, stands out in memory because of the super superhero villain Sylar. Here we have Stephen Collins who I have to say is too nice to play his role. The most believable menace was Anthony Michael Hall playing an abusive father who gets super powers, but he only guest stars. Also, even though the show is about family, I could have done without the family drama, which has been done to death and is lame at best. Mixing comedy at times was a bit of a mistake, too, as, a lot of times, it just isn't funny. If there had been a second season, I have to believe they would have fixed some of these problems, alas we will never know. It is on the same level as the Greatest American Hero or the Cape, so if you liked either of those shows, you will probably like this as well.
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Take what's best from The Sheild (Michael Chiklis) and worst from Dexter (Julie Benz, aka Dexter's wife "Rita"), put 'em together with a healthy dollop of "The Six Million Dollar Man" and you've got the barebones of the new series, "No Ordinary Family".

It starts off more than a little cheesy and there's no need to say far-fetched, but some of the scenarios are kind of fun once the series gets rolling, and if you can get past some of the overlong "family drama moments" in the beginning - remember how Rita used to sandbag Dexter at home with her "smotherly" affection? Well, she's still got enough of that here, but fortunately has developed other interests like running at the speed of light, which causes her personality on the show to have come up a notch since Dexter. Chiklis as Vic in "The Shield" never greatly impressed on the home front in that series, and his work as a father here gets by in similar manner initially as he's run over every which way by his wife, daughter, and son. He's still fun outside the home though. However, while the show's family drama stuff is pretty sappy in the beginning, the scenarios created by each of them having super powers makes for some more than watchable moments anyway. Jim Powell (Chiklis), the father, can jump huge distances, and is impervious to bullets while simultaneously being a mild-mannered sketch artist at the police station. The wife runs so fast you can't see her (but excuse me, I find it hard to beleive vacuuming will be effective at this speed). The daughter, in cliche 'teenage turmoil' can read minds (useful for discovering where super-elite frat parties are going to held), and the son develops into a mathematical genius (suprisingly useful when he joins the football team).
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This was a great premise that differed from other sci-fi series. I liked the way the everyday humans acted like ordinary people while each family member possessed their own super power that allowed for a variety of incidents.
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With the well-deserved demise of Heroes, what was a superhero fan to do but try to find another show? Enter ABC and the show No Ordinary Family. It started strongly, but quickly lost much of its audience. And while I will confess that it had problems early on, I stuck with it and wound up enjoying the final result.

The show focuses on the Powell family. Father Jim (Michael Chiklis) is a frustrated artist who makes his living as a police sketch artist. Stephanie (Julie Benz) is attempting to balance her family and her prestigious job as a researcher at Global Tech. And teens Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and J.J. (Jimmy Bennett) want nothing to do with their parents.

When Stephanie has to go to South America on a trip, Jim decides it would be good for all of them to go. While they are there, the plane they are on crash lands into the Amazon. They all survive, but when they get home, they discover they have new powers. Jim is now super strong and almost indestructible. Stephanie is now super-fast. Daphne can read minds. And J.J. is brilliant.

Working at her lab, Stephanie, along with her assistant Katie (Autumn Reeser), begins to research their new DNA in hopes of finding out why they have these powers. Jim, meanwhile, teams up with his best friends, ADA George (Romany Malco) to take down criminals. And the kids try to use their new powers to make high school easier for them.

But as Jim fights crime, he runs into a few other people with super powers. And Stephanie's research leads her to believe that Global Tech, led by Dr. King (Stephen Collins) might be responsible for what is happening to them. They're going to have to work fast because someone definitely wants to know about them and stop them.
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