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?
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.