The Trouble with Normal (TV series)

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The Trouble with Normal
Also known asPeople Who Fear People
Created byVictor Fresco
ComposerBruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (8 unaired)
Executive producers
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesGarfield 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. 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.[2] Original cast members Maria Pitillo and Mackenzie Astin were replaced by Paget Brewster and Brad Raider.[3]


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


  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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