OVERRATED: 'The New Normal'

This series from <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV000000297" title="Glee (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/glee-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV000000297.topic">"Glee"</a> creator <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000008466" title="Ryan Murphy" href="/topic/entertainment/ryan-murphy-PECLB0000008466.topic">Ryan Murphy</a> deserves the accolades it's received for offering a warm depiction of a loving same-sex couple for national audiences, but is it too much to ask that the series remember to be funny while breaking all that new ground? Too often Murphy confuses shock humor for wit with the cartoonish <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000347" title="Ellen Barkin" href="/topic/entertainment/ellen-barkin-PECLB000347.topic">Ellen Barkin</a> character, and the series mostly proves that gay characters can lead dull family sitcoms too.
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This series from "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy deserves the accolades it's received for offering a warm depiction of a loving same-sex couple for national audiences, but is it too much to ask that the series remember to be funny while breaking all that new ground? Too often Murphy confuses shock humor for wit with the cartoonish Ellen Barkin character, and the series mostly proves that gay characters can lead dull family sitcoms too.

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