The Neighbors (2012–2014)
Don't Miss This One!
14 March 2013
The Neighbors' pilot was a little weak, but there was something good going on inside there — enough for me to have come back the following week, and then the week after that, and so on. Now, as it closes out its first season, The Neighbors — a sitcom, for crying out loud! — has become my favorite show on television. The most recent episode, as I write this, was a musical with songs co-written by the great Alan Menken. Who else does this kind of stuff? Who else would even try?

Lenny Venito, who has spent most of his career playing cops both good and bad, is a standout as the father of the human family at the center of the series. Jami Gertz makes a welcome return to series TV as his wife and the mother of their three children. Simon Templeman and Toks Olagundoye are just amazing as their alien neighbors. The younger cast members, especially Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, are just as good.

I have no idea how this show got on the air. It's that good. I didn't think broadcast TV had the stones to do a show this bent, this wonderful, this near-perfect. If the network can restrain itself from "fixing" it, I look forward to several more seasons of the same.
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