When it comes to television, I am an admirer of shows that can show restraint. Shows that come across fun storylines have a tendency to run it into the ground as fast as possible. In addition, too many television shows have taken interesting concepts and turned them into the most generic form of a television trope. That being said, shows that practice restraint with their storylines see an increased shelf-life for the story and create more interesting angles than they would have created by just jumping in full force. When it comes to the idea of restraint, I really have to applaud what Suburgatory did tonight.
At the moment, the show has two budding romances. Ryan and Tessa are in a different stage than George and Dallas, but they are no less interesting of a couple to explore. With George and Dallas, it would be disappointing to watch them fall into the similar trappings of other pairs that have coupled during a show’s run. I was genuinely concerned when Dallas found her “joint decor” in George’s trash, but I was glad it didn’t materialize as a potential riff between the couple. I don’t expect it to be smooth sailing for the couple for the duration of the series, but I like to think that Suburgatory is a smart enough comedy to avoid the typical moronic arguments that occur between couples on lesser series. It’s almost like they were winking at us by going halfway into the “classic misunderstanding” waters before pulling back smugly.