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Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street

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ET Online
June 20, 2016
Meredith B. Kile
Watch ‘Teen Witch’ Star Robyn Lively Become a ‘Super Mom’ in ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street’

Perspective, The Journal of the Art Director’s Guild
November/December 2015
Kristan Andrews
Nostalgic Television in a Digital World

ICG Magazine
September 10, 2015
David Geffner
The New Normal

The New York Times
November 26, 2015
Thanksgiving TV: Plan Your Other Binge

California Sunday Review
July 5, 2015
Greg Nichols
Hooked. Why Netflix and Amazon Want Your Kids.

Parents Choice Awards
Spring 2015
Gina Catanzarese
Silver Honor – Review

The New York Times
January 16, 2015
Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read, or Listen To

The Orange County Register
May 5, 2014
Michael Hewitt
O.C. native’s children’s series picked up by Amazon Prime Video

Season 2 – Reviews

October 30, 2015
Angela Arsenault
Amazon’s ‘Gortimer Gibbons’ is Singular, Joyful and Important – Just Like Childhood
For the teens or pre-teens who watch it, I hope this show at least plants a seed whose roots take hold before they’ve rocketed past play and imagination. I hope they see, in 30-minute doses, an admittedly fantastical world that is still somewhat attainable, where friends take care of each other and nobody has their face stuck to a screen; where kids their age are thoughtful and smart and imperfect, but never in a hurry to grow up.

San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2015
What’s on TV this weekend, Oct. 29-Nov. 1
The second season of Amazon’s ‘Gortimer Gibbons’ Life on Normal Street’ is available for streaming today. It’s an inventive and terrific kids’ show that grown-ups may want to watch as well.

Channel Guide
October 30, 2015
Kellie Freeze
Gortimer Gibbon Returns to Amazon For An Excellent Season 2
It’s a series that treats kids as intelligent consumers of media. The plotlines are complex, the acting is superb, and unlike most tween-targeted TV, it isn’t pandering for cheap laughs. It’s what tweens should be watching … and demanding.

Season 1 – Reviews

November 20, 2014
Brian Lowry
Review: ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street’
Despite an explosion of programming aimed at kids, there are relatively few live-action shows intended to appeal to the prepubescent set that won’t send parents fleeing from the room. So Amazon has scored another mini-coup with “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” a series ostensibly aimed at 6-to-11 year olds characterized by its child’s-eye-view and a whimsical perspective on those wonder years, which recalls movies such as “Stand by Me.” Services like Amazon and Netflix have pragmatically prioritized children as little platform-agnostic consumers, but in terms of kids’ TV, this sort of genuinely clever alternative is anything but normal.

November 20, 2014
James Poniewozik
REVIEW: An Amazon Kids’ Show Far Better Than Normal
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, premiering its first season Nov. 21, is a kind of off-kilter, magic-realist hangout comedy. Amazon says it’s aimed at children 6 to 11–which, in kids’ aspirational math, means the lead characters are around 13–but this adult found himself gobbling the four episodes Amazon sent as if I were raiding my kids’ Halloween candy.

New York Post
November 19, 2014
Sara Stewart
Amazon Prime hits target with ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street’
Smart, a little zany and never pandering, the show took me back to one of the best kid’s shows of the ’90s, Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” Like that one, this features fast-talking, intelligent kids for whom every afternoon bike outing might turn into a life-and-death epic saga.

San Francisco Chronicle
November 18, 2014
David Wiegand
Amazon Prime hits target with ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street’
*Syndicated to The Columbus DIspatchObserver Reporter, Charlotte Observer
Amazon’s new children’s series, “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” is a welcome reminder of how devoid of actual imagination most kids TV is. Maybe it helps that the new show, aimed at kids 6 to 11, was created by someone who is an industry outsider. The first six episodes are available Friday from Amazon Studios for Amazon Prime members.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
November 20, 2014
Rob Owen
TV Review: ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s Life’ is a calm one for kids
There’s calmness to the show. Even when investigating things that could be spooky, “Gortimer” was never scary in the three episodes I watched with my sometimes-scared-by-“Super Why!” 4-year-old son. But he never got bored, either.

There’s a wealth of programming aimed at children on TV these days, but “Gortimer” is the rare series that’s creative, occasionally funny and engaging in its own subdued manner.

Channel Guide Magazine
November 20, 2014
Kellie Freeze
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a Delight
Even a trip to the convenience store becomes the source for amazing adventure; but is it a figment of childlike imagination, or is there something strange and wonderful happening on Normal Street? The show is mysterious, and whimsical and fun; like Pushing Daisies for tweens.

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