“Ordinary Joe” is a high-concept drama that takes a question everyone asks themselves — “If I had chosen differently back then, how would my life be different now?” — and plays out those possibilities. “What if you could see the roads you didn’t take?” Joe asks in the trailer.
In one timeline, he followed his dream and became a rock star; in another, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a police officer; and in the third, he became a nurse after marrying his best friend.
Here’s how NBC describes it: “Life is all about the choices you make — and sometimes, what you do in a single moment can change everything. This new heartfelt, life-affirming drama follows Joe Kimbreau, who faces one of these decisions at his college graduation. The three parallel stories that diverge from that night find Joe and the people around him with different careers, relationships and family lives, showing the unexpected ways that things change — and stay the same. But when it comes down to it, there is no “right” choice; no matter what happens, Joe’s life is always messy, exciting, tough, unpredictable … and beautiful.”