Pilot Review: Suburgatory
Suburgatory (Wednesday 8:30 ET, ABC): When single dad George (Jeremy Sisto) discovers a pack of condoms in his daughter Tessa (Jane Levy)’s drawer, he freaks out and moves the family from Manhattan to the Suburbs. Hilarity ensues, kinda.
Uninformed Commentary: This is the definition of a middle of the road comedy, unlike The Middle which airs immediately before it and sucks monkey nuts. Suburgatory paints in broad strokes and doesn’t really have any new insights into the human condition, but that’s perfectly acceptable. Not every comedy can push the envelope. The cast, which also features Alan Tudyck (Firefly) and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) is likable and the absence of a studio audience of mouthbreathers helps. There’s not a whole lot to see or read in to here. Unless you’re a liberal and need to find subtext in everything.
Will it last? If The Middle, which is about the least appealing show on television, can get a second season, I don’t see why Suburgatory can’t. Although, they should probably find a better name for the show.