YMMV / The New Normal

  • Acceptable Targets: ...Republicans. Often and without shame. From the first episode alone, when David and Bryan are interviewing Goldie:
    David: Are you now or have you ever been a secret operative for the Republican Party?
    Gary: We screen for that.
    • Hermaphroditic people, apparently, or at least those unashamed of it. In "The Goldie Rush," Gary says that all his attempts at dating have led him to "losers." Cut to one such date mentioning being intersex.
  • Anvilicious/Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The pilot seems more interested into preaching about how gay families are 'the new normal' than it is in being funny.
    • Which would seem more necessary if Modern Family weren't in its 4th season as one of the most popular comedies on TV...
    • A better example would be episode four, which makes it clear that one shouldn't vote based on race, but on issues.
    • "About A Boy Scout" suddenly mentions David was an Eagle Scout, and obsessively proud of the fact, pretty much so he could get kicked out and the show could make a "Gays should be allowed in the Scouts" message.
  • Broken Base: The fifteenth episode "Dairy Queen" split the fans right in two. Either you'll laud it as a surrealistically funny episode or a giant, embarrassing trainwreck full of squicky, slightly-incestuous undertones.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Everything that comes out of Jane's mouth.
    • In a meta-sense, the entire show when it comes to Republicans. It's a show about a gay couple having a child, with Republicans being an Acceptable Target. That will annoy the far right on its own. And then you factor in the fact the show premiered on September 11th and you can't help but think they're trying to antagonize the people who would be offended by the show.
  • Fridge Logic: in The XY Factor Bryan says that he wished the child was a girl because he doesn't know how to relate to other men, and points out how out of place he felt as a kid with his family... including his sister. Who exactly could guarantee him that, even if the child would be female he won't be that she'll turn out as girly as him? She could've been as butch as Bryan's sister.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: The show's detractors have drawn attention to it.
  • The Scrappy: Much like Ryan Murphy's other Author Avatar, a common criticism levelled at the show is that for a supposed protagonist, the Bryan character is often downright unlikable.
  • Strawman Has a Point: When Jane asserts that marriage isn't for children, dogs, or gays. Two out of three, really. Kids having a playground wedding during recess or pet owners breeding their animals is one thing. Hiring caterers and planners for these occasions is pretty ridiculous, even for the affluent.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Carrying over from Ryan Murphy's previous work, his tendency to upset every category within the LGBT sphere other than G (and even sometimes then) is back, with the show taking flack for using intersex people as a punchline, as well as jokes made by Bryan about lesbians being viewed as stereotyping and in poor taste.