“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is about Gortimer Gibbons, a tween boy who lives on Normal Street with his best friends Ranger and Mel. In each episode, a different magical or supernatural event occurs on Normal Street, and the friends, who are usually the only ones to know about it, often try to either return things to the way they were or take part in the adventure. With quick-paced humor, likeable and realistic characters, and themes of friendship, family, and adventure, “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a fun, simple show that’s very entertaining.
Gortimer is intelligent, curious, and cares deeply for his friends and family. He’s a very likable character and always tries to do what’s right, especially when Ranger and Mel are involved. He acts as a little bit of a leader of the group, although I like how many episodes focus on the other characters rather than all of them focusing on Gortimer. Ranger, one of Gortimer’s friends, is energetic, quirky, and funny. He adds some comic relief to the show, but he also has a kind and genuine personality. Mel, another one of Gortimer’s friends, is intelligent, determined, and hardworking. She focuses on school a lot more than the others do, but she also cares about her friends similar to Gortimer and spends a lot of her time going on adventures with Gortimer and Ranger.
It’s a very episodic show, and although I normally don’t enjoy that, I think it fits really well with this series as it makes each episode feel like a mini adventure. I really like how it has a charming, simple feel that completes the coming-of-age theme, and how it’s never clear if the strange events are the kids’ imagination or real. I also think that all the actors do a really good job at making their characters and friendships feel authentic, as well as how the main characters are all interesting and have their own episodes that dive deeper into their personalities. Although the characters start out a little stereotypical, throughout the show they all grow and become more likeable and detailed. I also really like how there’s occasional animations in some of the episodes that give exposition in an entertaining way rather than just stating backstory.
One of the things I didn’t really like about this series is how it can be formulaic. Most episodes contain a similar series of events, and although that can make each episode feel familiar, it can also be a little irritating, especially when watching multiple episodes at a time. The show can also be a little cheesy at times, although I do understand that it’s intended for families or younger audiences. Despite this, though, I do think that it’s a series that can be enjoyed regardless of the viewer’s age.
Overall, I think that “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a fun, charming series that’s great to watch with family or friends. The show’s lighthearted topics make it feel simple, and the characters are all likeable and realistic. I would especially recommend this show to people who enjoy cheerful shows with a close group of friends such as “Just Add Magic” or “The Mysterious Benedict Society.” You can watch “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” now on Amazon Prime Video.