A teenage transplant from New York City, Tessa is perfectly at ease navigating the urban jungle she grew up in. So when her dad, George, a handsome architect in his late 30s, relocates her to greener pastures, Tessa goes into culture shock. While the suburbs may be heaven for many, for Tessa, they represent her unique version of hell. Forget purgatory - this is suburgatory. And now she is drawing lots of unwanted attention from overbearing suburban moms – like the blonde, bronze and buxom Dallas Royce. Dallas, mother of Dalia, Tessa's new nemesis, is intent on taking Tessa shopping, feeding her pot roast and snagging more face-time with Tessa's handsome father. Will George be able to survive his own relocation plan? Will Tessa? SUBURGATORY is a family comedy that asks us not to judge our neighbors until we've gardened in their clogs. It is also about one man's struggle to answer the question that has plagued parents for all time: Is the safe choice really the right choice?]]>
Suburgatory: Season 1
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The basic set-up involves Sisto bringing his daughter (Jane Levy) into the clean living suburbs from their existence in New York City. Of course, they both love the city but Sisto thinks this is the best option for raising his teenaged girl. Levy, very Emma Stone-esque, is perfect as the wizened yet cynical protagonist. She and Sisto view their new home as a Wonderland of eccentricity and early episodes play largely off this fish-out-of-water concept. Both smart and funny, Levy brings a contemporary edge that helps to buoy the more well-worn elements of the initial storylines. As they get to know their neighbors, we do as well. And this is where the show really starts to shine as an ensemble piece.Read more ›
The storylines typically proceed on two tracks, with Tessa finding new ways to prod and poke her overbearing classmates, and sometimes just being a typical teenager. Her single (and eligible) father must also navigate a new environment of stuffy country clubs, militant PTA's, and pushy neighborhood watch organizations. He is guided by old college friend and dentist Noah Werner (Alan Tudyk), who attempts to interpret the new rules for George. George also gets some help from good-hearted but over-the-top female neighbor Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines), who goes out of her way to help Tessa adjust; she may also have an agenda planned for George as well. Alicia Silverstone makes a late-season appearence as a surrogate mother for Noah and his wife, and a possible love interest for George (and, of course, an inside joke for those who saw the movie "Clueless"). The interaction between Tessa and George is sometimes the best part of the show, as they take turns being the adult in their rather unique father-daughter relationship.
The comedy is consistently good, and the show is willing to pursue its humor over, around, and through any number of stereotypes associated with American suburbia. "Suburgatory" has already been renewed for a second season, and is highly recommended to fans of its distinctive brand of humor.
In the first episode you are introduced to many quirky, funny characters that were absolutely hilarious. This included the really hot, ditzy neighbor and her monotone, morose daughter, a father who moved to suburbia with his city slicker daughter and two neighbors with hot wives who could not possibly have been straight. Those two characters made a couple of guest appearances in future episodes but never were really developed as characters. The ditzy neighbor was a decent character but she was not nearly as funny in future episodes. The daughter was pretty consistent throughout but her father just became the town romeo with every woman under the sun wanting to sleep with him. I have seen this so many times in television shows and it always means that the character is going to be just there for romantic plot lines. Yuck.
Anyway, this show is okay. It is not nearly as good as I thought it would be and I have read about it online and found that it has been waffling between existing and being cancelled. I wish that the first episode was a mirror into the future of this show because it was so promising but it degraded into just the average sitcom with a few laughs here and there. The father is now a trophy man in the neighborhood, the laughs are fewer and further between with the ditzy neighbor (although she is smoking hot) and her morose daughter and the main character has not evolved enough for my taste. Rent this one if you can and see if you like more than the first couple of episodes. If you do, buy it. I am guessing that many of you will say, "Not bad, but...."
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A very wry show with many details. It starts off incredibly satirical however throughout the episodes and seasons the viewer finds that perhaps not everyone in suburbia is quite so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kristin
I missed the first season of this cute little program when it first aired, so I was nice to be able to watch it at my leisure. It's funny with a fish out of water theme. Read morePublished 4 months ago by scatterbrayn
Great show, wish i could purchase the 2nd and 3rd season...Published 6 months ago by Kristen Fillion
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