The Trouble with Normal (TV series)
|The Trouble with Normal|
|Also known as||People Who Fear People|
|Created by||Victor Fresco|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (8 unaired)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Garfield Grove Productions|
Paramount Network Television
|Original release||October 6 –|
November 3, 2000
The Trouble with Normal is an American comedy series that originally aired on ABC from October 6 to November 3, 2000. The show starred David Krumholtz, Brad Raider, Jon Cryer, Larry Joe Campbell, and Paget Brewster.
The show was described as "the misadventures of four paranoid young men whose fear of urban conspiracy leads them to seek counseling in a therapy group run by therapist Claire Garletti." Recurring members of the therapy group were played by Jim Beaver and Patricia Belcher.
- David Krumholtz as Bob Wexler
- Brad Raider as Max Perch
- Jon Cryer as Zack Mango
- Larry Joe Campbell as Stansfield Schlick
- Paget Brewster as Claire Garletti
A total of thirteen episodes of the series were ordered by ABC and completed. It was one of four series planned in order to reformat the network's Friday night block from the family sitcoms of the "TGIF" era to a more adult direction, including a marketing tie-in with KFC to feature the shows in the new Friday night lineup on the chicken chain's packaging. However, the network aired only five of those episodes in the United States before the series was canceled. All thirteen episodes were later aired in Australia.
The series was originally titled People Who Fear People. Director James Burrows was involved in the initial project but did not participate in the retitled series. Original cast members Maria Pitillo and Mackenzie Astin were replaced by Paget Brewster and Brad Raider.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Andy Ackerman||Victor Fresco||October 6, 2000|
|2||"Not the Pilot"||Andy Ackerman||Jennifer Celotta||October 13, 2000|
|3||"Psychologists Without Borders"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Gail Lerner||October 20, 2000|
|4||"Mail Trouble"||Andy Ackerman||David Walpert||October 27, 2000|
|5||"Owl Show Ya"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Michael Shipley & Jim Bernstein||November 3, 2000|
|6||"Clairanoia"||Andy Ackerman||Michael A. Ross||TBA|
|7||"Unconventional Behavior"||Andy Ackerman||Jennifer Celotta||TBA|
|8||"Say Cheese"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Steve Faber & Bob Fisher||TBA|
|9||"Speech! Speech!"||Andy Ackerman||David Walpert||TBA|
|10||"Help Yourself"||Andy Ackerman||Michael A. Ross||TBA|
|11||"Spy vs. Guy"||Andy Ackerman||Steve Faber & Bob Fisher||TBA|
|12||"Chez Schlick"||Jeff McCracken||Jennifer Celotta||TBA|
|13||"Manhattan Transference"||Andy Ackerman||Story by : Gail Lerner|
Teleplay by : Michael Shipley & Jim Bernstein
- Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "Trouble with Normal, The (Situation Comedy)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 1231. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
- Cynthia Littleton (August 17, 1999). "ABC sets appointment for Cryer's couch trip pilot". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
- Josef Adalian (August 18, 2000). "Inside Move: Goodman show gets 'Normal'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
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