'The Neighbors' review: We watched it so you don't have to

The best thing we can say about "The Neighbors" is that ABC's new alien sitcom isn't as offensive as last season's "Work It" (about unemployed men dressing as women to find jobs). But the fact that the network greenlit this project and giving it a special premiere tonight (Sept. 26) after "Modern Family" -- one of network TV's smartest comedies -- is a slap in the face to television audiences. Even more baffling is that "The Neighbors" comes from Dan Fogelman, writer of the wonderful "Crazy Stupid Love" and "Cars." When asked how he made the transition from sophisticated to stupid (maybe not in those exact words), Fogelman said he's wanted to make a show that "an entire family could watch together." Fair enough, but "Modern Family" manages to do the same without canned laughs and appealing to the lowest common denominator: in this case, 6-year-olds. And honestly, there are some gags, like aliens having...



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