Did you love thy Neighbors?
The ABC sitcom, which debuted tonight at 9:30/8:30c, is set in a suburban, seemingly sedate gated community where Marty Weaver (The Knights of Prosperity‘s Lenny Venito) and his wife Debbie (Still Standing‘s Jami Gertz) have chosen to live with their two children. But on move-in day, the subdivision’s other residents give off some strange vibes.
For starters, they all dress alike and have professional athletes’ names – such as Larry Bird (Simon Templeman), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye) and Dick Butkus (Ian Patrick). They don’t seem to understand how to use simple garden tools or host a dinner party… though we definitely approve of Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s dishwashing method. And when the Weaver kids goad Dick Butkus into showing them a “trick,” the jig is up: He transforms into his true form – a Zabrovian alien – outing his entire community as a group of reptilian extraterrestrials. Though they initially want to flee, the Weavers eventually decide to stay in their new abode. After all, the Zabrovians are peace-loving… for the most part.
The comedy is about as broad as it comes – upon hearing the Weaver kids’ screams, Larry Bird laments, “Oh dear. I fear our little Dick may have exposed himself again” – and the show isn’t covering any ground that 3rd Rock from the Sun or even Alien Nation didn’t mine years ago.
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