If you have 30 minutes in your week and are looking for something fresh, new and interesting take a look at ABC’s (channel 7 in Colorado Springs) Suburgatory. If you can get past the glamourized story telling and outlandish stereotypes you will actually enjoy the message the show has to offer. If you can’t you probably won’t watch it again. There is, however, something uniquely special about this show which is told from an angry teenager’s perspective.
It mixes a little ‘Desperate Housewives’ with MTV’s ‘Awkward’ and throws in a pinch of cynicism for extra measure. Sound like a good recipe? This Examiner enjoyed the pilot ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’ but wonders if there will be enough story to tell past the first season.
The story is simple, dad is raising daughter alone, mom left shortly after she was born (this could cause some of the cynicism and aversion to being a typical girly girl). Dad finds an unopened box of condoms in her bedroom during a ‘search and seizure’ of her bedroom. He quickly packs her up and moves her from her city apartment in Manhattan to a suburban neighborhood.
At first glance the neighborhood looks a lot like ‘Wisteria Lane’. The scary part of the neighborhood was the stay at home moms, frozen coffees, sugar free Red Bull, and the abundance of pink everywhere. Our narrator (Tessa) mused on how funny it was that a box of rubber got her exiled to a city of plastic (referring to the mother’s surgical perfect bodies). The dad makes a mom friend (Dallas) right away and asks her to help him with his daughter, mommy dearest decides to take the girls shopping…during this scene Dallas discovers Tessa has an ‘ugly’ sports bra and realizes no one bought her her first bra (the scene is hilarious and is to the left, check it out). In one of the closing scenes Dallas brings Tessa a present… a brand new, pretty in pink bra and Tessa realizes the hell she landed in was not so bad. She may just make it through the year.
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Next week spoiler, Tessa realizes she is attracted to the jock boy across the street that was ‘hump dancing’ who seemed pretty idiotic in the pilot. And George is under pressure to throw the perfect BBQ.
Overall, if you are in the mood for a campy, fun teen perspective of life in modern day Suburbia you will enjoy ABC’s Suburgatory. What did you think of the premiere? Will you be watching this fall? Do you have a different opinion of the show or agree? Feel free to voice your thoughts below in the comment section.
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