Suburgatory: Season 3 (PREVIEW)


I'm Just Not That Into Me
Regular Air Date: 
Wednesdays @8:30/7:30c
Air Date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Suburgatory is a show that I was not familiar with, but am. Hard to understand? Probably. Let me explain. 
There is a formula for sitcom making that has pretty much been a mainstay on network television. You have your rich folks, more then likely originating from somewhere around Texas or New York. You have a central figure (or figures) that stand as the logical ones, and they are usually surrounded by a group of eccentric types who have no tact when it comes to morality. Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23, GCB, and The Neighbors (all shows that air on ABC) are prime examples of this idea. 
With that being said, Suburgatory tried hard to be funny, and at times succeeds, but in the end isn’t this show just more of the same? I personally didn’t care for it all that much. Cheryl Hines was a mixture of Melissa Peterman’s Barbra Jean character from Reba and Kristin Chenoweth Carlene Cockburn from G.C.B. all wrapped up into a pretty bland mix of kitchen sink jokes and character ploys. Worse yet is Carly Chaikin’s Dalia Opera Royce character that tries to come on as a satirical outlook on rich debutants like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. It might have been funny ten or fifteen years ago, but this character is pretty much a terrible idea all around from design to character execution. How in the world id Jeremy Sisto sink so low?
In any case, the episode manages to get a few chuckles and a couple of honest laughs as long as you haven’t become completely desensitized by its out of date character ploys and bland humor. Love is the theme in this episode, and if you’re just tuning in to tune out you might enjoy it. It just made me wonder how this show has survived and made me think of the fantastic film Liberal Arts in which Josh Radnor contemplates the use of  a series of novels (Twilight, though it’s never actually spoken) and the conclusion that sometimes life is just too damn serious and, even though its terrible, it’s necessary as a simple brainless escape. Maybe that’s what this show is all about.   
AJ Garcia
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