'Suburgatory' review: Angsty, smart and off to a good start


On Wednesday (Sept. 28), "Suburgatory" joins ABC's family-focused line-up as a sort of bridge between "The Middle" and "Modern Family," but where the established shows are straight-forward comedic takes on family life, "Suburgatory" takes a different tack: It delivers laughs, for sure, but with a brainy, subversive and sometimes absurdist edge.Jeremy Sisto ("Law & Order") stars as George Altman, an architect who gets spooked when he finds a box of condoms in teenaged daughter Tessa's (Jane Levy) room and uproots her to live in a generic suburb.Tessa is a Juno-like home-skillet (apologies to folks who haven't seen "Juno") who -- though she doesn't have Diablo Cody writing for her -- does have Emmy-nominated writer Emily Kapnek ("Hung," "Parks and Recreation," "As Told By Ginger") to deliver sharp dialogue and give the show a forward motion that keeps us interested in these people and their somewhat inane existence. And, having grown up in suburbia ourselves, we...



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