**** Subguratory airs on the local ABC affiliate which is 6 WSYX ABC and can be found on channel 6. For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ****
Lately I’ve been cracking down on what shows are being DVR’d and viewed by yours truly. A lot of shows are falling victim to some of these whims of fancy. And by fancy, I really mean that the shows are decent, they’re good, or decent, but they’re not great enough for me to continue to DVR and watch them. One of the shows that falls down this path is ABC’s Suburgatory.
Now, I’ve not completely given up on Suburgatory, as the show isn’t bad. Much like Up All Night I clearly define this as a show that just isn’t for me. But I’m not out of the woods yet.
After a few episodes, the show, beyond the pilot, seemed to go out of it’s way to sort of by-pass that both father and daughter are out of their elements. When the show focuses on both father and daughter, the community in general is caught up in a Stepford Wives-like paradigm, then truly, the show is firing on all cylinders. But the problem, as it can be with all shows is that there is an A story and a B story, and the A story usually gets the most screen time. And for Suburgatory to work, it needs to equally focus on both of them. Week to week so far seems to flux between the daughter having an A story, then the father having the A story the following episode. And it just doesn’t work. The pilot walked a tightrope of maybe or maybe not doing this, but in the most recent episodes, the laughs are there, but they’re forgettable despite wonderful performances from Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto. For every great thing the series does, like the whole storyline of who stole the neighbors Shirley Temple dolls (it’s obviously the daughter of the neighbor, Lisa, played by Allie Grant) which wastes no time in writing off the resolution as quick as it’s given which is a god send in television because we’d usually witness the last 5-10 minutes of the episode deal with this. Then the show falters in other ways, which is, despite a wonderful performance from Alan Tudyk, he’s there to remind us he’s in the show. Beyond a plot that doesn’t really go anywhere, with him hooking Sisto’s George up with contracting Panic Rooms, it feels forced. Old hat. And frankly, Tudyk deserves more. The show deserves more.
Overall, the show has a few flaws in trying to work itself out, and while I’m quick to not want to continue to watch the show every week, the show still has a big heart, something I give mad props to. So congratulations, Suburgatory you won this time. But next time? I might not be so kind.
But what do YOU think, examiners?
Have you given up on ABC’s Suburgatory?
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