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The Real O'Neals 

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A family's bond is strengthened when the youngest son tells his parents that he's gay.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Martha Plimpton ...  Eileen O'Neal 29 episodes, 2016-2017
Jay R. Ferguson ...  Pat O'Neal 29 episodes, 2016-2017
Noah Galvin ...  Kenny O'Neal 29 episodes, 2016-2017
Matt Shively ...  Jimmy O'Neal 29 episodes, 2016-2017
Bebe Wood ...  Shannon O'Neal 29 episodes, 2016-2017
Mary Hollis Inboden ...  Jodi 29 episodes, 2016-2017
Matt Oberg ...  VP Murray / ... 17 episodes, 2016-2017
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A traditional Irish Catholic family's world is turned upside down in this offbeat comedy when the oldest son reveals he's anorexic, the younger son comes out, their daughter starts questioning her faith, and the parents announce a potential divorce.

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English

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2 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Family of the Year See more »

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16:9 HD
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This show's premise is very loosely based on the childhood experiences of writer, "It Gets Better" campaign co-creator, and one of The Real O'Neals executive producers, Dan Savage. Savage, like Kenny, grew up as a gay kid in a devoutly Catholic Irish-American family with his father working as a Chicago cop, and his parents divorcing. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.162 (2017) See more »

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Hardly groundbreaking
15 November 2018 | by andismythSee all my reviews

I think that if this show would have had the older brother jimmy coming out as gay that this would have been groundbreaking. As with the younger effeminate brother being gay is very stereotypical in a lot of straight people's view of what a gay man is.

Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the casts portrayals of their characters, but wish that Hollywood and tv execs would be more inclusive to the wider community. But instead they go straight(no pun intended) to the camp side.

I know a lot of gay men who don't identify as camp or effeminate, and surely that if jimmy would have been the gay brother there would be a lot of younger men struggling with their sexual identity would see that being gay isn't a one size fits all situation.


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