Suburgatory 1.01 "Pilot" Review

If there's one thing that I took away from the pilot of ABC's newest comedy Suburgatory, it's that the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" may still have some validity.

It's hard not to judge the suburb that Tessa Altman (Jane Levy) has just moved into with her dad George (Jeremy Sisto) following an embarrassing incident with an unopened box of condoms. The 15-year-old went from the concrete jungle of Manhattan to the perfectly manicured lawns and desperate housewives of a zombie-like cul-de-sac, so you have to feel for the culture shock that she's currently undergoing.

Not helping things are the eclectic cast of characters that populate this currently unnamed oasis of team spirit, custom skylights, and endless Red Bull. Tessa's already been forced on a mall-cation with her "buddy" Dalia (Carly Chaikin) and her mother Dallas (Cheryl Hines), the latter of which seems to have made a connection with George already. It may have ended on a positive note, as Dallas got to showcase some nice maternal instincts, but all the bra advice and kind words in the world don't make up for the (hilariously) hideous ensemble Tessa was forced into. 1999, eat your heart out. Also populating Suburgatory are the Altman's ever-chipper neighbor Sheila, she of the red pot roast container and constant "yoo hoo!"-ing; George's college buddy Noah (Alan Tudyk), a fellow big city transplant who prefers parfait and cellists these days; and Sheila's daughter Lisa (Allie Grant), who may just be the kindred spirit Tessa needs to survive her time in Suburgatory. Read More...


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