Suburgatory DVD Review
Suburgatory! Try and enjoy your stay.
Suburgatory is a
series about a father and
daughter who move from their home in New York to a suburban
a bit of a shock to their systems. The different culture, attitude, and
different behaviors of their unusual new neighbors is more than either
had been bargaining for in moving to a new hometown. Not that teenage
Tessa (Jane Levy) really wanted to go. George (Jeremy Sisto) is the
overbearing dad who had become out of touch with knowing his daughter
caring for her in New York but who is hoping to get to know her better
she is entirely grown up. Hence the new environment.
a lot of things that are different about Suburgatory
in comparison to other television comedies. I was surprised by the
portrayal of the father-daughter relationship and the fact that George
single dad raising Tessa. This isn't commonly portrayed on television.
certainly is a situation that can exist in real-life but television
comedies especially, seem to stray from the idea. I appreciated seeing
television series that was willing to acknowledge that families can
come in all
shapes and forms.
also the unique writing on Suburgatory.
This is a series with an amazing group of writers. Several of the main
characters seem to be "without filters" and some of the funny dialogue
those characters is downright bizarre. You won't find another show that
remotely similar to this one in terms of the actual style of the
doesn't follow a standard pattern that you normally find. The directing
perfectly complimentary to Suburgatory's
writing style in originality, quirkiness, and comedic timing. Of
immensely talented actors and actresses working on this cement that
make this show a stand-out sitcom. Jane Levy is a perfect lead as
has everything you would hope for in a leading comedic role. First of
is hilarious and immensely talented. The role requires for her to help
situations of this series but relative newcomers in the acting game
as capable as she is. Levy seems to be an incredible find for the show
has more talent for surprising audiences than most performers on
it was definitely something that aided this series' success.
Sisto was quite surprising. I have only seen him in a few things prior
show. Looking up his credits shows that he had a long-time part on Law and Order. Not exactly everything
you'd expect for a typical lead role on a sitcom, because he does seem
incredibly well-buffed and charismatic lead you would expect to find in
roles. Its incredible how talented he is and how much humor he brings
role. He's a hilarious addition to the series and when he needs to pull
dramatic stops he's capable of it.
performer on this show is Cheryl Hines (Curb
Your Enthusiasm). I've considered her a huge comedic talent
throughout Curb Your Enthusiasm. She was one of
television's greatest comedic performers on that series. Well, because
no longer on comedic-genius Larry David's series it's a TV miracle to
already contributing to something so worthwhile.
character is Dallas Royce, who at first glance might seem to be purely
and self-interested alone. That isn't the case at all though. Hines
character simultaneously the obnoxious neighbor you would probably
never want to
actually have around in real-life and one of the sweetest and most
characters on TV. Dallas Royce is someone looking out for a better
neighborhood, the lives of those around her, and she is a one kind
that you can't help but find yourself liking as the series progresses.
the best comedic scenes are really the result of her talents (of
course, the writers
have given her some of the greatest lines of dialogue but she delivers
them perfectly). Dallas's own daughter on the
show happens to be quite different from her as a self-pitying,
self-absorbed person in almost every way. Actress Carly Chaikin
portrays the daughter
Dalia with a creative and unique way by bringing perfect deadpan
to every line.
remiss to not mention the other amazing talents on this series. Alan
Tudyk (Firefly, Death at a Funeral)
continues to perform comedy in such an amazing way
that I am certain it
makes him one of the best comedic actors in the business. He definitely
deserves that level of praise and he isn't getting the same level of
recognition that he deserves (even though he does have his loyal fans).
is a perfect series for him to be on as the writer's understand a
comedic actor when they see one and they wrote him a part that bounces
of the performance by Jeremy Sisto, whose character was college friends
Tudyk's character, Noah Werner. Alan Tudyk has a character that almost
like a little kid in a grown person's body. He has enthusiasm, energy,
you just wouldn't expect. It's a perfect role for the talented Tudyk.
comedic wonderment doesn't stop there. This series truly has one of the
casts on all of television. Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell (both of
Night Live fame) contribute some of the greatest moments as Sheila and
Shay. The entire Shay family plays a huge part on this series. Lisa
Grant) is the families daughter, and the best friend of Tessa. She's
one of the only people on Suburgatory
to have something in common with Tessa, at least in terms of how Tessa
of herself on this show. She represents another character in
who thinks of everything as being strange and "off" there. Before long,
begins a relationship with Tessa's one other friend, Malik (Maestro
who is probably alone as the only black kid at their school. At least
how it seems to be presented on the show. The Shay's also consist of a
jock named Ryan (Parker Young) who acts like a total goofball around
also a scene-stealer as Mr. Wolfe, a lovably hilarious and kindhearted
Counselor who no-one took serious at school until Tessa showed up and
to take the school in some interesting new directions. Mr. Wolfe is a
character who is portrayed positively (something still relatively
new on television) and he's one of the nicest people
populating this series. It's easy to like this character and to root
introductory season is consistently stellar from beginning to end and
a couple moments where the show wasn't as strong. The Pilot episode was
set things off amazingly. A great beginning to a promising show. The
in the episodes following proved equally interesting and smart. "The
on the Tessa and George and places them within a setting of having to
barbecue to be welcomed within a suburban community. All of the
episodes were fun. Every episode had something that seemed unique and
about it while still crafting a consistent series that was growing,
and shaping up into something special.
season was very strong as a whole, and the only thing that maybe seemed
placed was the Clueless reunion of Jeremy
Sisto and Alicia Silverstone (who worked together previously on Clueless). The series made strides
towards uniting George with a new character portrayed by Alicia
I just wasn't entirely sure if it was working in this show's favor.
but not well done in the same way other episodes and story-arcs were
done. Hopefully Season 2 handles this new
pace appropriately and connects the storyline better. I'm hopeful that
succeed in doing so and that it will surprise me.
the final episode of Season 1 hints at a potential bombshell to this
and I'll leave readers questioning what that is because it's worth
show to find out. Who knows where season two will take audiences? All I
is that I am excited to find out.
series was created by Emily Kapnek (As Told By Ginger) and she
a cartoonish show out of the premise. I wouldn't normally refer to a
that way, but the creation known as Suburgatory
definitely feels as though it is set in some kind of alternate
universe. This is one of the strangest comedic shows I have encountered
actually better for it.
one of the best new comedies of
the past television season. I recommend it and I am looking forward to
where the series (which is delightfully wacky and creative) heads next.
was one of the best delights of my recent television experiences, and
looking for something uniquely enjoyable is strongly encouraged to
this wonderful and special comedic series.
splendid on DVD. The only thing that would really
make it look any better is to have had it released on Blu-ray as
(the show does air in High Definition, after all). As far as DVD
television sitcoms go: this one looks like one of the best. It's in
because of how strong the cinematography is. This series feels much
more like a
dramatic series in terms of the production side of things and it
a better looking series. The DVDs succeed at capturing that aspect of
production. The colors are beautiful on this series. Contrast is
There are no specks of dirt or anything at all that would be considered
blemishes to an otherwise impeccable looking series. Everything looks
and well-presented. The series is presented in its original television
broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen.
surround sound presentation is pleasant. The dialogue is easy to
is definitely clean and clear. The surround activity isn't going to be
noticeable as it is for a production that is more serious or
anything that has a more nuanced style. However, there are a number of
that are better with this surround sound mix. It is more enveloping,
has increased depth, and the sound is more dynamic as a whole. This is
certainly a worthwhile and well-done mix for what I was expecting from
are provided in English SDH (for the deaf and hard of hearing), French,
that many bonus features and I really would have preferred to see more
inclusions. This is a wonderful show and I would have been interested
learning even more about how it became developed.
featurette Somewhere Between Heaven and
Hell: Life in Suburgatory is barely the length found in an episode
than 30 minutes and it's not as in-depth as I hoped. It's still worth
out for serious fans but it won't cover as much ground as you would
like to see covered. The special mainly consists of interviews with
and writers. Everyone talks about their favorite aspects of the show
characters. A small portion of this extra devotes time to explaining
conception of the show and what the aims were for the writers.
(i.e. deleted) scenes are also included on each disc, and disc three
cutesy but mostly disappointing comedic blooper reel.
Suburgatory isn't like purgatory much at
all. This is one of the funniest and most enjoyable series that was
2011. It has one of the best casts on any
TV series and something special is definitely happening with this show.
writing, direction, and great performances suggest that this first
only the beginning of what could be a quality television run of several
enjoys a good sitcom is encouraged to check out this show; a series
straight out of comedic heaven.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.