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The Real O’Neals

the-series-philosopher-The_Real_ONeals_abc_logoThe Real O’Neals is an American single-camera comedy that debuted on March 2, 2016 on ABC as an entry in the 2015–16 television season. The series, based on an idea by Dan Savage (who will also serve as executive producer), was picked up to series on May 7, 2015.


The series chronicles the lives of a close-knit Chicago family with Catholic roots, whose personal secrets reveal their real lives and a reality check after they all reveal intimate secrets to each other.


Main role

  • Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope, The Good Wife, How To Make It In America) as Eileen O’Neal, the Catholic matriarch
  • Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men) as Pat O’Neal, a Chicago Police Department officer who is secretly contemplating divorce
  • Noah Galvin as Kenneth “Kenny” Christopher Sebastian O’Neal, a 16-year-old who reveals to his family that he’s gay
  • Matthew Shively (True Jackson, VP) as Jimmy O’Neal, the athletic 17-year-old oldest child who reveals to his family he is anorexic
  • Bebe Wood as Shannon O’Neal, the 14-year-old youngest child who is questioning her faith
  • Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi O’Neal, Pat’s ex-sister-in-law

Recurring role

  • Hannah Marks (Ugly Betty, Weeds) as Mimi, Kenny’s ex-girlfriend.
  • Sarayu Blue as Marcia Worthman
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