The Real O'Neals

The Real O'Neals
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Developed by
  • David Windsor
  • Casey Johnson
Narrated by Noah Galvin
Composer(s) Transcenders
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Pixie Wespiser
  • Kent Zbornak
  • Joaquin Sedillo
  • Walt Fraser
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Windsor & Johnson Productions
  • di Bonaventura Television
  • ABC Studios
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original release March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02) – present
External links

The Real O'Neals is an American single-camera sitcom that debuted on March 2, 2016 on ABC. The series, based on an idea by Dan Savage (who also serves as executive producer), was picked up to series on May 7, 2015.[1][2][3] The series was renewed for a second season on May 12, 2016,[4] which premiered on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.


The series chronicles the lives of a close-knit, Irish-American Chicago Catholic family whose matriarch takes their reputation in the community very seriously. In the pilot episode, their perfect image is shattered when each family member has a secret revealed to the community: middle child Kenny is gay, oldest child Jimmy is anorexic, youngest child Shannon is running a money scam and might be atheist, and parents Eileen and Pat are no longer in love and wish to divorce. Subsequent episodes explore the new family dynamic as Pat and Eileen separate and everyone consolidates Kenny's sexuality with their faith. (The anorexia and scamming plot lines are quickly dropped.)


Main role

Recurring role

Guest stars


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 March 2, 2016 May 24, 2016
2 16[6] October 11, 2016 TBA

Season 1 (2016)

Each episode title excluding "Pilot" begins with "The Real".

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Todd HollandStory by: Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia
Teleplay by: Casey Johnson & David Windsor and
Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia
March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)1016.33[7]
Things in the O'Neal household take an unexpected turn when Kenny comes out to his family, and everyone stops pretending to be perfect.
22"The Real Papaya"Todd HollandCasey Johnson & David WindsorMarch 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)1026.01[7]
Following the "coming out" confessions made by everyone in the O'Neal family, Eileen is desperate to control the situation and tries to make Kenny "un-gay." Meanwhile, Kenny tries to find the right time to break up with his girlfriend and has a heart-to-heart with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
33"The Real Lent"Todd HollandScott KingMarch 8, 2016 (2016-03-08)1063.99[8]
Eileen reminds her family that it's Lent and asks them to give up things they really love. In a chance meeting, Kenny meets his first gay crush, and Pat discovers his little girl, Shannon, is all grown up.
44"The Real F Word"Christine GernonStacy TraubMarch 15, 2016 (2016-03-15)1033.47[9]
Kenny faces his first day at school after coming out.
55"The Real Spring Fever"Phil TraillKristin NewmanMarch 22, 2016 (2016-03-22)1053.75[10]
Eileen decides it's time to get a fresh start in her life by applying for her first job since her kids were born. Meanwhile, Pat realizes he might not be ready for the single life just yet, even though his patrol partner, Archie, thinks otherwise. And as Kenny wonders who he will date next, Jimmy takes it upon himself to help him explore the newfound world of online dating.
66"The Real Man"Elliot HegartyAdam RobertsMarch 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)1113.67[11]
When Pat plans a camping trip to enjoy some father-and-son bonding time with Jimmy, Kenny joins them to prove that even though he's gay he can still be manly. Meanwhile, after Eileen discovers Shannon has been skipping her classes and refuses confirmation, she invites Father Phil over to help answer Shannon's challenging questions about Catholicism.
77"The Real Grandma"Silver TreeCheryl HollidayApril 5, 2016 (2016-04-05)1083.65[12]
When Eileen's strict, Catholic-abiding mother arrives unannounced at the O'Neals' home, Eileen has her family cover up both her and Pat's divorce and Kenny's sexuality, but Kenny tries to convince his mother to come out to Grandma Agnes.
88"The Real Book Club"Victor Nelli, Jr.Sonny LeeApril 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)1042.98[13]
Eileen faces her book club for the first time since her family's issues have come to light. Kenny's first trip to the "gayborhood" coffee shop is everything he'd hoped for, until Pat tags along with him to a gay dodgeball match.
99"The Real Wedding"Rebecca AsherBecky Mann & Audra SielafApril 26, 2016 (2016-04-26)1093.46[14]
Kenny auditions for the school play and Eileen volunteers to help out. Kenny receives the role of Romeo, but is dismayed to learn his ex-girlfriend Mimi is playing Juliet. Things get more awkward when Eileen treats the play's wedding scene like an actual wedding.
1010"The Real Retreat"Todd HollandLewaa NasserdeenMay 3, 2016 (2016-05-03)1103.29[15]
When Jimmy is named Faith Leader for the weekend at the Catholic Youth Retreat, a jealous Kenny takes on his older brother's role as ring leader of the bad kids. Home alone without the kids, Pat invites a new lady friend over, and Eileen enlists Jodi to spy on them.
1111"The Real Other Woman"Rebecca AsherKevin BiegelMay 10, 2016 (2016-05-10)1073.15[16]
After Eileen pushes Kenny to get a job, she feels jealous when he starts to work as a tutor and bonds with the student's mom. Meanwhile, Pat wants to bond more with the kids but makes questionable choices in trying to become the fun parent.
1212"The Real Rules"Eyal GordinKristin NewmanMay 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)1123.25[17]
After realizing Pat left his police badge at home, Jimmy convinces Kenny and Shannon that he should use the badge to pretend he's a police officer in order to get free perks around town. Meanwhile, when Pat tells Eileen about an upcoming date he's going on, she takes matters into her own hands when it comes to a potential suitor in her dating life.
1313"The Real Prom"Todd HollandStory by: Stacy Traub
Teleplay by: Casey Johnson & David Windsor
May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24)1134.21[18]
As the school prom approaches, Kenny and Jimmy try to come up with the perfect prom-posal for the classmates(who already have dates) they each have set their sights on. Shannon thinks prom is a scam and would rather stay at home, but once Pat discovers she was asked to attend, he tries to convince her to go.

Season 2 (2016)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
141"The Real Thang"Todd HollandCasey Johnson & David WindsorOctober 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)2013.76[19]
For National Coming Out Day, Kenny starts an LGBT club at school; but the only other members are Jimmy and shy lesbian student Allison. Kenny stridently insists that Allison mark the day by coming out to her parents, but after learning that they are openly hostile to the LGBT community he reconsiders and tells her to come out when she's ready. Eileen has secretly been meeting Clive over the summer, but after she rejects him he befriends Pat. A jealous Eileen finally goes on a real date with Clive. Jodi is invited to represent a local clothing store in a fashion show; she backs out after learning that the store is for plus-size women, but Eileen convinces her to participate and "come out" as a woman who is proud of her body.
152"The Real Dates"Eyal GordinKristin NewmanOctober 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)2022.91[20]
163"The Real Halloween"Silver TreeStacy TraubOctober 25, 2016 (2016-10-25)2033.22[21]
174"The Real Move"Jaffar MahmoodBecky Mann & Audra SielaffNovember 1, 2016 (2016-11-01)2042.73[22]
185"The Real Tradition"Rebecca AsherSteve JoeNovember 15, 2016 (2016-11-15)2053.56[23]
196"The Real Fit"Elliot HegartySam LaybourneNovember 29, 2016 (2016-11-29)2063.29[24]
207"The Real Match"[25]Todd HollandAdam RobertsDecember 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)[26]207TBD
218"The Real Christmas"[27]Rebecca AsherRob SudduthDecember 13, 2016 (2016-12-13)[26]208TBD


Season 1 (2016)

No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" March 2, 2016 1.8/6[7] 6.33[7] TBA TBA TBA TBA
2 "The Real Papaya" March 2, 2016 1.9/6[7] 6.01[7] TBA TBA TBA TBA
3 "The Real Lent" March 8, 2016 1.1/4[8] 3.99[8] TBA TBA TBA TBA
4 "The Real F Word" March 15, 2016 1.0/4[9] 3.47[9] TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 "The Real Spring Fever" March 22, 2016 1.0/4[10] 3.75[10] TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 "The Real Man" March 29, 2016 1.0/4[11] 3.67[11] TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 "The Real Grandma" April 5, 2016 1.0/4[12] 3.65[12] TBA TBA TBA TBA
8 "The Real Book Club" April 19, 2016 0.8/3[13] 2.98[13] TBA TBA TBA TBA
9 "The Real Wedding" April 26, 2016 1.0/4[14] 3.46[14] TBA TBA TBA TBA
10 "The Real Retreat" May 3, 2016 0.9/3[15] 3.29[15] TBA TBA TBA TBA
11 "The Real Other Woman" May 10, 2016 0.9/3[16] 3.15[16] TBA TBA TBA TBA
12 "The Real Rules" May 17, 2016 0.9/3[17] 3.25[17] TBA TBA TBA TBA
13 "The Real Prom" May 24, 2016 1.1/4[18] 4.21[18] TBA TBA TBA TBA

Season 2 (2016)

No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "The Real Thang" October 11, 2016 1.2/4 3.76[19] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The Real Dates" October 18, 2016 0.9/3 2.91[20] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "The Real Halloween" October 25, 2016 1.0/3 3.22[21] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "The Real Move" November 1, 2016 0.8/3 2.73[22] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Real Tradition" November 15, 2016 1.1/4 3.56[23] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "The Real Fit" November 29, 2016 1.0/3 3.29[24] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "The Real Match" December 6, 2016 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "The Real Christmas" December 13, 2016 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD



Season Time slot (ET/PT) Episodes Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Wednesday 8:30 pm (episode 1)
Wednesday 9:30 pm (episode 2)
Tuesday 8:30 pm (episodes 3-13)
13 March 2, 2016 6.33[7] May 24, 2016 4.21[18] 2015–16 #106 4.46[28]
Tuesday 9:30 pm 16 October 11, 2016 3.76[19] TBA TBA 2016–17 TBA TBA

Critical reception

The series received a generally favorable response from critics. On review aggregator site Metacritic, The Real O'Neals has a metascore of 62 out of 100 based on 22 critics signifying "generally favorable reviews".[29] On another review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 67% approval rating, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's critical consensus: "Funny writing and a solid cast save The Real O'Neals from traditional sitcom perils."[30]


The news of the series' pick-up attracted attention and controversy before its debut. On the day it was announced that the series was added to the ABC network schedule (May 12, 2015), Christian right and anti-gay groups such as the American Family Association and the Family Research Council have called for a boycott and petition to prevent the series from airing. They also cite Savage's views on religion, sexuality, and same-sex marriage, which they believe was infused into the series due to it being based on his life, but Savage claims that the concept went in a different direction since he was not involved in the writing.[31]


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