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"I've lived my whole life on Normal Street. It has a lake at one end and a forest of shady trees at the other. But what lies in between is anything but normal."
Gortimer Gibbon's foreword before each episode
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Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street is a 2015 Prime Video original series created by David Anaxagoras. It follows the eponymous Gortimer Gibbon (Sloane Morgan Siegel), his two best friends Melody "Mel" Fuller (Ashley Boettcher) and Ranger Bowen (Drew Justice) and their many zany misadventures on Normal Street — an ordinary-looking suburb that's not so ordinary beneath the surface.

The series is heavily based on Magic Realism. Weird things happen on Normal Street all the time and no one bats an eye. Episodes are usually standalone, and plots range from the more realistic (i.e. a quest to find a rare flower) to the downright absurd (i.e. time travel, cloning, interdimensional transporters, superheroes). Just go with it.


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Gortimer vs. the Tropes:

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the emotional climax of "Mel vs. the Future", Mel contemplates whether or not to travel into to the future with her adult self in order to find a way to bring her mom back in adult Mel's lab. Gortimer, Ranger and her dad show up at the scene to try and talk her out of it. Even though she'd be leaving her friends and family behind, Mel just wants the life she currently knows to end. The scene feels awfully reminiscent of talking someone out of committing suicide, as Mel travelling into the future would technically be her "leaving this world to make everything better". Hmmm...
  • Expy: White Hat is obviously one of similarly campy 60s superheroes like 1966 Batman.
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