There has been a long tradition of alien sitcoms. Ray Walston’s goofy alien in My Favorite Martian. The Coneheads on SNL. The furry wise-cracking ALF from the 80s. And of course the long running sitcom Third Rock from the Sun.

Now we can add “The Neighbors” to this ever-growing list. So does it hold up or is this an illegal alien we wanna ship back to another galaxy?

Your typical New Jersey family moves out of the big city to the suburbs in hopes of starting a new life.

For the past ten years, a troop of aliens have been hiding out in that secluded suburbs waiting for word from their home.

When the family arrives they are met by the alien citizens. (Que the strange Stepford music)

That is the basic premise of this series. But unlike other shows in this genre, two very huge reveals happen in the first 20 minutes.

The aliens reveal themselves and their master plan is revealed. That’s right!

In this show there will be no goofiness as they try to hide their identities. I have to say that is really different and well brave for a show of this variety.

The reason we don’t have the human family reporting the aliens is probably because well the whole neighborhood are aliens. The humans are actually the minority in this demographic. That is also quite different.

“The Neighbors” is a brave series for ABC. It is extremely goofy but will it get an audience. “Better Off Ted” was one of the best goofy sitcoms in years and it never found an audience.

The show was created by Dan Fogelman who brought huge hits to ABC/Disney with “Cars”, “Tangled” and the Warner Bros comedy “Crazy Stupid Love”. What he has planned for this series I am not entirely sure. But I really think they will milk “what it is to be human” shtick for countless episodes. You could already see it in the pilot.

This isn’t the worst pilot of the new season when you have “Animal Practice” and “Guys With Kids”. But that isn’t saying much.

GIVE IT: 4 episodes


PILOT RATING: 3 out of 5


One thought on “TV MADNESS #16: THE NEIGHBORS (ABC)

  1. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.

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