'No Ordinary Family' Review: A Different Family Happiness Episode 1

Over a century ago, Leo Tolstoy wrote: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Words of wisdom, to be sure, but No Ordinary Family flies directly in the face of Tolstoy's truism.

When we first meet the Powell family, they're very normal and fairly unhappy. Dad Jim (Michael Chiklis) sees himself as a failure. Mom Stephanie (Julie Benz) spends all of her time working. The two teens (Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett) are about as surly and disinterested as the average teen. None of them are happy, but all of them are painfully familiar.

Then their plane crashes in a mysterious Amazonian lake. Everyone (except for the pilot, who doesn't count) survives, and they return to their normal, slightly depressing lives.

That's when the fun begins. Jim finds out that he's incredibly strong and nearly invincible. Stephanie can run fast enough to create a sonic boom (no boom, unfortunately). Daughter Daphne can read the minds of the crazed teens that surround her (poor thing!). And son JJ, formerly an underachieving slacker, suddenly becomes a super-genius. Let the wacky hijinks ensue!

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