TV preview: Suburgatory

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

“Suburgatory” is a new comedy that has potential, but it just didn’t execute the pilot well. Created by Emily Kapnek (“Parks and Recreation” and “Hung”), “Suburgatory” had a couple of moments that pointed to a pretty strong show, but it’s just not there yet.

It’s not a great premise: A single father (Jeremy Sisto) packs up his 16-year-old daughter, Tessa (Jane Levy), and moves from New York City to the suburbs after he finds a box of condoms in her room.

But the depiction of the suburbs here is fun — if not laugh out loud funny — and the strong cast will have me coming back for future episodes. Levy (“Shameless”) brings a sense of earnestness as the smart-aleck teen, and her chemistry with Sisto is pretty good.

Cheryl Hines plays a super suburbanite mom, and if/when the dialogue improves, she could be a break-out character this year.

I’m still holding back, though, because the pilot had a couple of flaws. Hopefully Kapnek works these out and it’s just a case of a good comedy starting out slow, like “Parks and Recreation” did.


8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on ABC beginning Sept. 28

2.5 stars