I am a city girl at heart so here in my medium-sized Florida suburbia-land, there are times I can identify with the word, “Suburgatory.” At times you want to escape, yet somehow with it quaint quietness it completely sucks you in to stay.
Tonight premiering on ABC is a new show on called “Suburgatory“ about a displaced teenager stuck in a very plastic-y version of suburbia after being uprooted from New York City by her dad when he thought she was up to no good (i.e. he found condoms in her drawer.)
The show reminds me a little of if Desperate Housewives got married to the movie Clueless (one of my all time favorites) and had a baby.
The show is narrated by the main character, a 16 year old girl named Tessa (Jane Levy) and follows her not so friendly introduction into her new ‘hood — in fact she sort of reminds me of Brittany Murphy’s character in Clueless and oddly enough, guess who the father is in this series? Elton from Clueless. God we’re old, people! He’s not supposed to be playing a dad!
Anyways, Jeremy Sisto plays “George Alltman,” whose wife has run off leaving him to raise his little girl by himself, a quality that the women of Suburgia seem to find irresistible.
I wasn’t sure what to think of Suburgatory when I first saw the previews honestly but the random humor had me laughing, from the “circus peanut” colored house, to the the teenager’s unfortunate-looking bra being called “orthopedic” like a giant ”ACE Bandage.” Simple, yet odd and creative humor, which is my favorite kind.
There were definitely some funny moments and some colorful characters, in fact there is no other way to say it other than the lady who plays “Dallas”(Cheryl Hines) is a total trip — on the show AND on Twitter. Yes, her character (@DallasRoyce) tweets, folks.
The first show is a good setup and it follows The Middle (already one of my favorite shows on tv right now) so I’m excited to see where the adventures take these crazy characters this season. (Ps. I totally identify with the “Zombie Mom” reference in the show, but only before coffee.)
It’s funny stuff. Watch it. If you have any trouble with the lingo (“lawnvy,” “chizzy,” “mall-iciously”), the language tutorial on Facebook may help.
Suburgatory airs tonight (9/28) at 8:30/7:30 central on ABC.
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