The Trouble with Normal (TV series)

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The Trouble with Normal
Also known asPeople Who Fear People
Created byVictor Fresco
Composer(s)Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (8 unaired)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Garfield Grove Productions
Touchstone Television
Paramount Network Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 6 (2000-10-06) –
November 3, 2000 (2000-11-03)

The Trouble with Normal is an American comedy series that originally aired on ABC from October 6 to November 3, 2000.[1] 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."[citation needed] Recurring members of the therapy group were played by Jim Beaver and Patricia Belcher.[citation needed]



A total of thirteen episodes of the series were ordered by ABC and completed, 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.[2] Original cast members Maria Pitillo and Mackenzie Astin were replaced by Paget Brewster and Brad Raider.[3]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Pilot"Andy AckermanVictor FrescoOctober 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)TBA
2"Not the Pilot"Andy AckermanJennifer CelottaOctober 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)TBA
3"Psychologists Without Borders"Lee Shallat-ChemelGail LernerOctober 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)TBA
4"Mail Trouble"Andy AckermanDavid WalpertOctober 27, 2000 (2000-10-27)TBA
5"Owl Show Ya"Lee Shallat-ChemelMichael Shipley & Jim BernsteinNovember 3, 2000 (2000-11-03)TBA
6"Clairanoia"Andy AckermanMichael A. RossTBATBA
7"Unconventional Behavior"Andy AckermanJennifer CelottaTBATBA
8"Say Cheese"Lee Shallat-ChemelSteve Faber & Bob FisherTBATBA
9"Speech! Speech!"Andy AckermanDavid WalpertTBATBA
10"Help Yourself"Andy AckermanMichael A. RossTBATBA
11"Spy vs. Guy"Andy AckermanSteve Faber & Bob FisherTBATBA
12"Chez Schlick"Jeff McCrackenJennifer CelottaTBATBA
13"Manhattan Transference"Andy AckermanTeleplay by: Michael Shipley & Jim Bernstein
Story by: Gail Lerner


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Cynthia Littleton (August 17, 1999). "ABC sets appointment for Cryer's couch trip pilot". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  3. ^ Josef Adalian (August 18, 2000). "Inside Move: Goodman show gets 'Normal'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-14.

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