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TV: The Neighbors

Paul Kalis
Reviews Editor

In hopes of providing a better life for his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz) and three kids, Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) bought a home in Hidden Hills, a gated community where a house hasn’t come on the market, ever.

The Weavers soon learn that the entire community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron, where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo from their ears. The Zabvronians have been stationed on Earth disguised as humans, awaiting instructions from home, and the Weavers are the first humans they’ve encountered. Pressures of marriage and parenthood are not exclusive to planet Earth. Two worlds collide as Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye) and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) discover they can relate and learn from the aliens next door.

The Neighbors is certainly out of this world and not like other shows that are on network TV. It’s different and entertaining to watch two different beings come together and learn about each other in a fantasy style set up. Is it laugh out loud funny? Well, no, but the strangeness emitted from its other worldly characters will surely have an eyebrow up in the air. “The Neighbors” was written by Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Tangled,” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) who is also an executive producer with Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Morton (“Modern Family”) and Chris Koch (“Workaholics,” “Modern Family”) so it’s got a great pedigree behind it.

The Neighbors airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

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