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TV Review: Nickelodeon’s ‘The Thundermans’

on November 1, 2013


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…

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