My 10-year-old daughter and I LOVE Gortimer! We devoured Season 2 as fast as we could, and are already anxiously awaiting the release of Season 3!
Gortimer and his pals Mel and Ranger are middle-school-aged kids who navigate the ups and downs of growing up together. The characters are well-developed and totally endearing, the dialogue is true-to-life, hilarious at times, and thought-provoking, and the adventures that ensue in each episode are filled with mystery, light-hearted fun, and some solid life lessons, some easier learned than others.
The stories are about friendship, school and family life, and the internal drama of growing up. The supernatural aspects of the stories are understated and yet play a pivotal role in each episode.
As a parent, my favorite thing about this show is the character education, in that each episode presents some sort of universal moral (Be honest.) or life lesson all kids can relate to and benefit from (Change is hard, but sometimes necessary.).
As a 10-year-old, my daughter's favorite thing about the show is the mystery of Normal Street. She loves the characters and the crazy situations they get themselves into because Normal Street is ANYTHING but normal.
This show is a true gem, and definitely fills a huge void in quality programming for the tween set. I'm so tired of bubblegum surfer rock star wizard entitled brat pop shows on all the other channels. Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street is SO MUCH BETTER. Quality writing, quality acting, original plot lines, and fantastic dialogue come together to make Gortimer and his buddies a welcome and much-appreciated addition!