This evening, ABC debuts the latest addition to their Wednesday night comedy line-up, Suburgatory. Like The Middle and Modern Family, it revolves around suburban families. But, will this unusual comedy be a good fit?
Suburgatory follows divorced father George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) who decides to escape New York City and move to the suburbs, so that he can give his 16-year-old daughter Tessa (Jane Levy) a better life. The daughter is amazed to find how perfect her new home is, right down to the neighbors who welcome them into the cul-de-sac. The series also features Cheryl Hines, Carly Chaikin, Katelyn Pacitto, Kara Pacitto, Allie Grant, and Alan Tudyk.
Is this new sitcom worthy of your time? Here’s what the critics say:
LA Times: “The dialogue has a nice snap, the jokes come from just to the left of where you expect them to, and the players are all first-rate. There’s something original in the way that Chaikin lets the words ‘That’s so lame your mom died, beeee-yatch’ fall slowly from her mouth, or the way that, after Tessa and her father argue, ‘Dad and I expressed our feelings through passive-aggressive reference books': ‘Is Adoption for You?’ for him, ‘How to Become an Emancipated Minor’ for her.”
Washington Post: “Just once it would be nice to see a comedy about urbanites moving to the suburbs that doesn’t rely on a mocking and simplistically Stepford view of such places. Setting that gripe aside, Suburgatory displays a polished sense of humor and a better cast than it deserves, which makes it worth a look.”
Salt Lake Tribune: “Suburgatory is wry and sometimes mean, but it has a heart. It’s sort of a weekly version of Easy A, the 2010 Emma Stone film comedy.”
NY Times: “The real problem with this series, though, is that it’s hard to figure out who is supposed to be watching it. The setup — single parent, cheeky kid — feels Disneyish, but what comes out of these characters’ mouths isn’t anything Disney-endorsing parents would want their tweeners hearing. In addition to the condom discussion, the pilot features Tessa advising one of her new acquaintances that a pair of short-shorts will show her vagina.”
Denver Post: “The acting is better than the writing, the cast more appealing than the jokes. The title, working too hard to be clever, is just annoying. Still, there’s the germ of a funny idea inside this ABC comedy.”
Chicago Tribune: “Thanks to the breakout performance of 21-year-old Levy, who many viewers may recognize as Ian Gallagher’s fake girlfriend Mandy in Showtime’s Shameless, you’ll want to visit Surburgatory every week.”
What do you think? Will you give this new TV show a try? If you’ve seen it, will you watch again? Do you think it’ll get renewed or cancelled?
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