Parents' Guide to

The Neighbors

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Broad comedy mostly family friendly, but some innuendo.

TV ABC Comedy 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Do not allow your children to watch this show!

I enjoyed it as an adult due to the overall family comedy format, but there were some very disturbing jokes the writers had written in for the 10-year-old characters, and it occurred on many occasions. The lines I mention borderline child p***graphy. Also, many s***ual lines written for the adult and teen characters. Does the FCC have any standards anymore?

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 2+


Tsk Tsk, don't think it's great.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (12):

While the tone, at times, borders on ridiculous and the premise is, well, downright stupid, there's something about The Neighbors that works, almost in spite of itself. (And it isn't just the fact that the resident aliens have adopted the names of well-known American athletes like Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Dick Butkus. Although that definitely helps.) The comedy's so broad it's practically a barn door, but both kids and parents will find something to laugh at.

Of course, the concept of aliens living among humans is hardly unique to TV -- and for some reason, sitcom aliens seem to prefer suburbia (see also: Mork & Mindy, ALF, or 3rd Rock from the Sun). We doubt these Neighbors will make their mark beside Mork, but the writers certainly could take them to some interesting places.

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