Starting with the bad news, no new episodes of Ordinary Joe are coming anytime soon as the first season ended in January 2022. It was first released on September 20, 2021, and has 13 episodes in total in the first season. The show is filmed entirely in the United States, mostly in Chicago and Illinois. It is created by Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, and Caleb Ranson.
When is the Series Renewing for a Second Season?
There is no official announcement on the renewal of the second season. Also, the show didn’t attract a good number of viewers in its first season, and as we know, a show’s fate depends on its number of viewers in several channels, the chances of renewal of the second season of Ordinary Joe seems slim.
However, we should not lose hope and wait for time to speak. The show ended very recently, so the news on renewal may come around April or May. But nothing can be said with certainty now.
The Storyline of Ordinary Joe
Ordinary Joe is the story about an ordinary guy named Joe who, at the time of his graduation, follows three paths of life with three different professions, namely, a musician, a nurse, and a NYPD officer. In the first scene of the series, he is shown standing at a crossover with three different paths that lead to three different destinations, which symbolizes the dilemma and confusion he was in a while making decisions about his life.
The scene came with the poem of Robert Frost, ‘The Road Not Taken,’ which is about taking a different path in life and not the one taken by every other person. In the first path, Joe fulfills his dream of becoming a musician and marries Amy. But here, he has a childless marriage, leading him to follow his second dream.
He breaks off with Amy to marry his long-time best friend Jenny, with whom he fulfills the desires of having a son. But here, his job as a night shift nurse upsets him, and he goes on to fulfill his third dream of being an NYPD officer like his father. But unfortunately, he got a divorce from Jenny, which left him single and without a family in the third path.
What do the Critics Say?
The show is criticized because it attempted to have three lives simultaneously. It couldn’t be sure if it is a musical drama, medical drama, crime thriller drama. It is very plain, which doesn’t impress many viewers and doesn’t require the viewers to use their intelligence. The show is also criticized for having no real message and perspective.
What is the Hidden Message of the Series?
The series doesn’t seem to have much of any real message. The only message we can learn from the show is that no matter whichever path we choose in life, life will always have hardships from one side or the other. Therefore, it is upto us on humans how we go on with our lives despite having troubles and hard times.
Where can We Stream Ordinary Joe?
It is available on several platforms like VUDU, Hulu, Peacock TV, Apple TV, NBC, and USA Network.
The cast includes James Wolk, Natalie Martinez, Elizabeth Lail, Charlie Barnett, John Gluck, Anne Ramsay, and Joe Carrolle.