ABC’s new drama No Ordinary Family, about an ordinary family whose members develop special powers, faced inevitable comparisons to previous genre shows and movies. Star Michael Chiklis stressed, “This is not Heroes. It is not The Incredibles. This is No Ordinary Family.” He also dismissed the show being labeled sci-fi. “At its core, it’s a drama about a family that is trying to work through issues. My kids watched the pilot with me and loved it. If you want some violence, watch my previous show,” he quipped, referring to FX’s cop drama The Shield.

Family co-creator/executive producer Greg Berlanti said that, unlike shows structured in the current environment “to appeal to a niche audience, we wanted to make something that the entire family can watch.” He described the series as “a fun throwback to old action shows blended with a family show with a lot of heart.”