Where do I begin with ABC’s new comedy “The Neighbors”? I’m must say I was displeased with this show, and I find it to be a waste of Jami Gertz’s talents (seriously, “Still Standing” and “Twister” –were amazing!).
The show starts off 10 years in the past. A group of aliens were sent to earth to see if it could sustain them. Apparently life on their planet was becoming increasingly difficult from an environmental standpoint. (Okay seriously, they should have stayed there. A slow painful death would have been so much better than this!)
Flash forward to present day, and we meet the Weaver family. Debbie (Gertz) and her husband Marty (Lenny Venito) recently moved to Hidden Hills – a luxury townhome community in New Jersey. Little do they know, the community has been inhabited by aliens from the planet Zabvron. All of which have named their children (who were birthed by their fathers as opposed to their mothers) after popular sports figures. As the show goes on, the Weavers learn that they are the only humans on the block and the worlds of Zabvron and Earth collide.
To be blunt, I wish I could get my 20 some odd minutes back. (We got to watch a screener with no ads that might have tempted us to switch channels.) The laughs came mainly from the stupidity of the plot line. I don’t see any means for the characters to develop in future episodes, and the plot line is pretty dismal. The show may do will in homes with young children, but it may be very safe to say that the target markets won’t be amused. I credit the shows creators for trying to create something unique and different, but “The Neighbors” really misses the mark.
Overall, I give this show 1.5 Golden Yaks (we’ll round up to 2) – Based only on the talents of Jami Gertz, and the fact that one of the kids is named Dick Butkus! I do however encourage you all to view the show for yourself and form your own opinion. I’m only one person, for all I know there’s an entire community of aliens among us who will tune in week after week.
The Neighbors moves to its regular time next Wed at 8:30/7:30c, following The Middle.