Hey TV.com, Should I Watch The Neighbors?

We're previewing as many of the season's new shows as we can in a little feature we like to call "Hey TV.com, Should I Watch [show name]?" This afternoon that [show name] belongs to ABC's new comedy The Neighbors. Should you watch it? Read on to find out, or for those of you who are in a rush, NO.


Tell me about The Neighbors!

What would happen if a gated community populated by a bunch of aliens disguised as humans welcomed a regular human family into its cul de sac? The Neighbors, that's what! This single-camera sitcom takes the joke of culture clash into orbit until it's burnt out upon re-entry, and then relaunches it into space again. And again. The same joke. Over. And over. It stars Jami Gertz, Clara Mamet, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman, and Toks Olagundoye.


When does it premiere?

The Neighbors makes its series debut Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30pm on ABC. (Note: It will move to its normal time slot of Wednesdays at 8:30pm on October 3.)


Who created the show?

Dan Fogelman, the writer of Crazy, Stupid, Love, Cars, Tangled, and Bolt, scraped The Neighbors of the bottom of his shoe and sold it to ABC.


Who's the target audience?

That's an interesting question.


What are the bright spots of the show?

Sight gags, all them revolving around how aliens do things differently! Dogs? Heck no, these guys walk their alpacas! Washing the car? Nope, try a UFO, brainiac! Crying with their eyes? Wrong again, they drip green ooze out of their ears! There's actually a good heart at the center of the series that tries to show how family and love transcend galaxies, and the soundtrack dusts off oldies to create a timeless suburban vibe similar to that of old-timey shows like Leave it to Beaver. The Neighbors is being wildly panned as the worst of the new comedies this dreadful season, but it's not! It's only like the second or third worst. And yes, it's better than Work It.


What are the cons?

There's one joke here: Aliens are weird. And that joke is played out repeatedly in the pilot, which is to be expected. But Episode 2 falls into the same trap, indicating that the humor won't evolve that much. In The Neighbors' defense, one-joke comedies with worse ideas have been successful in the past. The biggest problem here is that no one in the cast is even close to funny, except maybe the alien kid, and it's just because he's a weird-looking kid.


Okay, final decision time: Should I watch or not?

No, I don't think you should.


Can I see a clip to judge whether it's as bad as you say it is?

You bet.


What should I drink while watching this?

Whatever it is, make sure you've got a lot of it. Maybe one of those giant glasses full of dry ice and weird straws to set the mood? Also, put on your favorite theremin CD!


The Neighbors debuts Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30pm on ABC.

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Oct 01, 2012
Seriously??? What's up with all the new sitcoms this year?!? BAD BAD and more BAD
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Sep 29, 2012
I thought is was silly and I loved it!
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Sep 28, 2012
This show was great and is so much better than Subgatory which was totally inappropriate for the younger set and never belonged in the 8:30 time slot. I thought it was hilarious and loved the alpalca!
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Sep 26, 2012
Is there a good sitcom this year? Because I really don't think there is...
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Sep 26, 2012
Ben & Kate, Go On, and The Mindy Project are all good.
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Sep 26, 2012
I guess I'll just wait for 3-4 episodes and then I might give them a try if their ratings don't suck LOL
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Sep 26, 2012
Kinda sounds like a shit version of a kids show from the UK back in the 90's called "My Parents are Aliens", except with neighbours. Yawn.
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Sep 26, 2012
Nope.
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Sep 26, 2012
I see a typo in the article. And no, I won't watch this.
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Sep 26, 2012
so stupid... do not watch.
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Sep 26, 2012
I'll probably pass. But, at the end of the trailer, look at the suggestions: Mario in Sonic the Hedgehog. One of the best watches I've seen in a long time...I'll watch videos like that instead of this show.
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Sep 26, 2012
Dead Pool
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Sep 26, 2012
ABC, please kill this after 2 or 3 episodes and help my Deadpool picks out.
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Sep 26, 2012
cant be as bad anything with "girls" in the title!!!!!!
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Sep 26, 2012
Sorry ABC, i'm passing this in hopes that it will get canned quickly allowing Suburgatory to be moved up (slight chance I know, but one can dream)
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Sep 26, 2012
Now I have to look up the show/movie 'Crazy, Stupid, Love, Cars, Tangled', it sounds AMUHZING!
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