Every once in a while one of the fat television networks come out with something deliciously original. Something refreshing that doesn’t fit the typical formats of the routine shows of today. You know, there’s the typical medical shows where the doctors treat patients with shocking or overly emotional issues all the while carrying on inappropriate relationships with each other and dealing with their own outrageous situations. Or the detective shows, where the main characters are so exceptionally intelligent that they manage to solve every single crime within the hour. Not to be outdone by the train wreck trash that we politely label “reality tv” though I’m pretty sure it’s not a reality that is shared with 98% of the human race. Dare I even mention Honey Boo Boo! Then there’s the edgy comedies that are based loosely on typical american lives and mask political agendas with humor. Not that I’m complaining about any of them, I have many favorites in each one of those categories.
Out of all the new shows this season, the funniest one goes to The Neighbors on ABC. At first even I, a lover of corny syfy shows, found the concept to be a little over the top. Everybody knows aliens are scary and threatening, not funny!
For those of you who are not familiar with the show, it’s about a group of aliens who buy up a gated community and settle there after naming themselves after profession atheletes like Larry Bird and Dick Butkus. After living on earth for ten years, one of the alien couples decide to move away from the group selling their home to the Weavers, a human family from New Jersey. From there the families try to relate to each other as their relationships grow. They begin to bond while dealing with the unknown and misunderstood behaviors of neighbors from a different race.
The pilot was a little shaky as most are, but it was still funny. It was entertaining enough to make me watch it again the following week. The second episode was out right funny…at times I actually laughed out loud. Tonight’s show was even more hilarious. Daddy and I laughed through the whole show. I have to attribute a lot of those laughs to Jackie Joyner-Kersee played by Toks Olagundoye, the main female alien and Debbie Weaver, played by Jami Gertz, the female human. Both women are great comedic actors. If you can over look the awkward alien concept, the simple plots and just enjoy the plain, silly humor, then you might want to check this show out. Maybe you already have.
The only bad thing about the show is my total enjoyment of it because that’s pretty much a death wish for any show!