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City Dad Meets Suburban Mom, Thinks Her Too Trusting on 'Suburgatory' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:45AM
'Suburgatory' - 'Pilot''Suburgatory' (Wed., 8:30PM ET on ABC) follows the perhaps rash decision of single father to move his daughter from the bright lights of Manhattan to the suburbs. But this surreal little community is more like a cross between 'The Stepford Wives' and 'Edward Scissorhands' than any real suburban neighborhood.

Teenager daughter Tessa is understandably freaked out and uncomfortable in her new environment, but it's nice to see that the writers haven't forgotten that her father George would be just as out of place. We loved both of them freaking out over how quiet it is at night.

Cheryl Hines' character was introduced in another fun scene, with George chastising her for how openly and innocently she opened her door to a total stranger. She seemed genuinely oblivious to why she should perhaps be more cautious and, perhaps in this neighborhood, she's right.

We've seen the city folks trying to adapt to suburban life done before, but the hyper-realistic surburbs established here are just weird enough to give it a different flavor.

More importantly, the chemistry between Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy as father and daughter is believable, and you can feel their love for one another, even as she's angry at him for transplanting her life.

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mike

Worst show ever. Looks like the leftovers from a bad movie's cutting room floor. Cheryl Hines deserve better than playing a stereotype.

September 29 2011 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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