Suburgatory 1.04 "Don't Call Me Shirley" Review


Though Suburgatory has made it its mission to expose some of the cracks in the suburbs during its first three episodes, ranging from the exaggerated vapidity of its residents to the homogenized quality of life, it took on one of the positives in "Don't Call Me Shirley". The suburbs may be a place where everybody knows your name, which subsequently can get dragged through the mud at any given time, but they're usually a rather quiet, safe, secure place practically tailor made for families with children. Like it or not, the 'burbs offers a sense of security that's hard to beat anywhere else.

Which is exactly why George moved Tessa there, considering how she now longs for the sound of police sirens, and why the theft of Sheila Shay's prized collection of Shirley Temple dolls (come back, Lollipop Shirley!) was such a good plot for them to explore. Thus far, Suburgatory has tried to dispel the idealized notion that the suburbs are this Garden-of-Eden-with-a-mall, so what would happen if the safety of its residents was threatened, even slightly? Aside from an increased interest in panic rooms and mouth guards, the Chatswin residents were fairly resilient, which was kept the show a little more grounded when it could have gone super broad. Read More...


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