Seitz on The Neighbors: What Can I Say? It Made Me Laugh

Before I recommend The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays, 9:30) — a comedy that shoplifts elements from 3rd Rock From the Sun, Coneheads, and other aliens-in-the-suburbs tales and tries to put fresh spins on them — two caveats are in order. Caveat one: The pilot for ABC’s extraterrestrial silly-fest feels half-baked, and parts of it just sort of lie there, but this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Pilots are always a tad awkward, even good ones, and The Neighbors pilot has the added burden of introducing the year’s weirdest new network sitcom. It’s less a story than a comedy playpen, a place for slapstick, bad puns, and actors’ riffs. Caveat two: Humor is subjective, and silly/stupid is comedy’s cul-de-sac, a place where clowns go to die. You might love Dumb and Dumber but find Mack Sennett boring, or adore the Stooges but be unmoved by Skin Deep. Different strokes, etc. Read More...


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