Originally posted on Variety:
There’s a secret power at work in “The Thundermans,” all right — namely, the ability to brazenly pilfer the plot of Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and transform it into a live-action series with virtually no wit or charm, except perhaps in the eyes of prepubescent kids who might find the attractive teen leads dreamy. Granted, there has been no shortage of similarly themed fare in the cable space — having super-powers remains one of those enduring childhood fantasies — but this lifeless effort makes virtually no pretense of original thought, other than perhaps the audacity to harbor absolutely no fear of copyright attorneys.
In one of those moves that makes about as much sense as anything else here, the show actually premieres with its fourth episode, which skips all the exposition in the pilot (also screened) about how the Thunderman family relocated to this quiet town, having given up crime-fighting with the hope the kids could “have a normal childhood” free of their costume-clad origins.
Dad (Chris Tallman), the original Thunderman, is a little paunchy these days, but he still thinks nothing of flying through the roof and zipping off to Hawaii if he’s craving macadamia nuts. Mom (Rosa Blasi) and the kids all have powers as well, though it’s not made clear if these were inherited, which is probably giving the whole exercise more thought than anyone associated with it bothered to do. (Incidentally, someone forgot to give them the “no capes” memo.)