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Suburgatory Pilot Review

Pilot Scoop: Suburgatory

ABC is adding another family comedy to its Wednesday night lineup this Fall, but this time the family unit is only two: father and daughter pair George and Tessa (Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy). In Suburgatory, George decides it's time to leave Manhattan when he finds a box of condoms in high schooler Tessa's room. He moves them into a big house in the suburbs, where Tessa feels like an outsider among the foreign culture of malls, SUVs, and fake classmates.

Where it works: The dialogue is wickedly funny. Tessa is whip smart while still being a realistic, clever teen (without being too snarky). She's not the only asset to the cast: Cheryl Hines is hilarious as big-haired neighbor Dallas.

Where it doesn't: The show is cute but it may not be distinctive enough from other family comedies like Modern Family to attract viewers.

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You might like this show if: You wish Daria had been a live-action comedy.

When it's on: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

To see some photos and a video preview of Suburgatory, just

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mikialama mikialama 5 years
I haven't seen the pilot to Suburgatory, but I just finished watching the episodes where the daughter turns 16 and the trip to NYC for Thanksgiving. My first thought was a more politically correct "Californication" (well, okay "I am menopausal; I don't have Alzheimers" and "You know very well I got that IUD for [daughter] to increase her cell phone reception" perhaps are not EXACTLY politically correct). But I mean the comparison as a compliment, since "Californication" is the funniest sitcom I have ever seen. Hank and Sisto have both moved out of NYC to different planets. Both have teenage daughters they are desperately trying to connect with (Sisto does the better job) and both are unintentional victims of their own social ineptness. Emily Kapnek has created a winner here. I have enjoyed performances of Jeremy Sisto every since I first saw him as the spoiled brat with the hot car in "Clueless". He has kind of hung around the fringes of Hollywood with a few movies here, a few tv appearance there-mostly IFC stuff--and I've always wished someone would let him play something other than the bad guy. Suburgatory is spot-on for Sisto. I admit to being sort of surprised that Sisto is old enough to play the father of a 16 year old. That means I have aged more than I realized! But finally to the point, Sisto and his cast are superb, just as I expected they would be. I, for one, hope Suburgatory will have a long and successful run. It's a great show!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 5 years
Liked the pilot! But just seeing Jeremy Sisto smile was worth it alone
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
"You might like this show if: You wish Daria had been a live-action comedy." sold
ilanac13 ilanac13 5 years
at least it sounds like a new concept. maybe i'll check it out though since i'm really tired of watching the same reality tv and same dramas all the time.
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