09/13/2012 10:34 am ET

Ryan Murphy Just Can't Stop Making Lame Lesbian Jokes in "The New Normal"

I violently swore off "Glee" last season after three years of letting show creator Ryan Murphy manipulate my emotions. But even though Murphy's shows tend to abandon continuity and logic to manufacture highs and lows, I couldn't resist checking out "The New Normal," his new NBC sitcom about a young gay couple seeking to have a child through a surrogate.

All the Murphy quirks are there: an older woman who says outrageously nasty things; a super-stylish gay man with a more grounded partner; and now, Real Housewife Nene Leakes. Murphy also appears to be doubling-down on a tendency that showed up occasionally in "Glee:" treating lesbians as the butt of jokes, rather than an actual part of the gay community.

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