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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. The series was renewed for a second season on May 12, 2016, 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.)