'The New Normal' is the new, well—normal
Gay characters on primetime television are now not only accepted and normal—they are actually common enough to be convention. Per The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley:
Gay marriage may not be the law of the land, but it has become a cornerstone of network television. NBC calls its new comedy about a homosexual couple adopting a baby “The New Normal,” and that kind of understates it. There is nothing particularly new about gay characters on sitcoms. This season they are not only normal, they seem de rigueur.
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For LGBT viewers this is quite freeing. We are finally at a place where we can call a sh*tty show and sh*tty show rather than blindly latching on to one simply because it has LGBT characters. Familiarity breeds both wheat and chaff. We can feel less guilty whenever we need to separate.
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