In what is coming to be known as “Classic Amrie,” my initial response to ABC’s newest comedy THE NEIGHBORS was “I didn’t hate it.” A show that follows Marty and Debbie Weaver, a New York city couple with their three kids in tow, who end up moving to a suburb in New Jersey. When they get there, they quickly realize something is WAY off about their new neighbors – first and foremost, that they might not be from Earth, exactly. The set up is simple, and not terribly funny in the first episode, but there was something I found tangible - I really like Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz together, and Gertz’s reaction shots alone proved the show worth, for me, of a second look.
Luckily, ABC had also provided the second episode, and against my better judgment, I found myself coming around to this show. In episode 2, the Weavers, and their neighbors Larry Bird and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, head out to the mall for school clothes, and a classic fish out of water tale takes over. By episode two, I was laughing along with, versus laughing and pointing at, a show I would normally have not given the time of day. It might not be for everyone, but it’s worth a look – I think it might surprise you!
THE NEIGHBORS airs at 9:30/8:30c tonight on ABC – it will be moving to the 8:30/7:30c slot once SUBURGATORY returns!