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Ordinary Joe

Ordinary Joe

  • Premiered: 
    September 20, 2021
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the concept developed for ABC by Matt Reeves 
  • Subject Matter: Science Fiction
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Plot Synopsis

After his college graduation, Joe Kimbreau is faced with a pivotal decision that steers his life down three drastically different paths. The three parallel stories that diverge from that night find Joe and the people around him with different careers, relationships and family lives, showing the unexpected ways that things change -- and stay the same. But when it comes down to it, there is no "right" choice; no matter what happens, Joe's life is always messy, exciting, tough, unpredictable...and beautiful.

From executive producers Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner: "We got to read Matt Reeves' original script at the behest of the good folks at 20th Television, and they were so drawn in by the relatability of the 'what if?' scenario we all face as we move through life. In our initial meeting with Matt, who was now serving as producer, he told us how the script was so personal to him and what he was going through at the time he wrote it. He encouraged us to pour ourselves into it the same way he had, and he embraced any changes that would make the new version into the most personal, real and grounded thing we could write. We moved the show to New York (where Russel is from), connected Cop Joe's story to the events of 9/11, changed a couple of the Joe's career paths, including Rock Star Joe (highlighting Russel's love of music and Billy Joel) and gave Nurse Joe a son who has a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (something Garrett's son has and dictates a new path in parenting and in life)."
On Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT, NBC premiered "Thankful," the fall finale of ORDINARY JOE. Cop Joe navigates a tense Thanksgiving dinner with his entire family. Music Joe battles his feelings of betrayal in order to help Amy's campaign. Nurse Joe and Jenny decide to finally hire outside help for Chris as they prepare to spend their first Thanksgiving apart from each other.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 20th Century Fox Television (as 20th Television)
  • Produced by Universal Television
  • Produced by 6th & Idaho
  • Produced by 3 Arts Entertainment