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The Neighbors



Broad comedy mostly family friendly, but some innuendo.
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive themes include embracing others' differences and learning to accept alternative ideas. There's also a sense of community, however odd it might be. There's some stereotypical husband-wife relationships, played for laughs.

Positive role models

While they aren't entirely realistic role models, both human and alien neighbors show respect and concern for each other. The aliens' human forms are also remarkably diverse, with both genders and multiple ethnic groups well represented.


Violence is light and played for comedy -- a man trips, etc. The aliens aren't particularly scary looking, although they're meant to scare the human characters onscreen.


Some sexual innuendo that will mostly go over kids' heads, with phrases like "I feel so deeply for you, my dear, I'm going to pleasure you all night" and "I fear our little Dick may have exposed himself again."


Kids use language like "this blows," "shut up," and "dork."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Neighbors makes for generally safe family viewing, although kid characters use iffy language like "this blows," "shut up," and "dork" when talking to their parents. There's some sexual innuendo aimed at adults, too, but the jokes will probably go over most kids' heads. Any violence is played for laughs, and the aliens you see aren't meant to be scary.

What's the story?

When Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) moves his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz), and their three children (Clara Mamet, Isabella Cramp, and Max Charles) from the city to a gated community in suburban New Jersey, he prays that THE NEIGHBORS turn out to be normal. But the welcome wagon is more than a little weird -- it's packed with aliens from a faraway planet. Can they learn to live together in spite of their differences?

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about aliens and the possibility of life beyond planet Earth. Why do humans find outer space so fascinating? How has curiosity about the universe and its inhabitants influenced art, science, and other forms of popular culture?

  • How does The Neighbors compare to other TV series and movies about aliens? Are alien characters better suited for comedies or dramas?

  • Does the show have a message, or is it merely meant to be funny? What do the aliens' assumptions about the human world really say about us?

TV details

Premiere date:September 26, 2012
Cast:Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written byDelete123 January 7, 2013

The neighbors

This is inappropriate after the first few episodes they start using words like sl*t b**ch a** h*ll and lots of sex content even a whole episode based on alien sex common sense media needs to update their review
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old March 3, 2013

Really Good Show

I think that there is a positive message in this show because the neighbors are aliens and the humans ( in a way ) respect them. Still I don't think they should have EVER put this on Disney Channel. I have only seen this on Disney once... but still, keep your eyes open. The Disney version bleeped out the cussing ( "When the did ANY of this happen?" ) I personally love this show. I haven't watched this for a while. I will watch it again Wednesday.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old September 28, 2012

Family comedy

Positive messages: This show talks about learning new things from other people and learning to adapt. Positive rolemodels: The parents are good rolemodels because they except and respect other families decisions and beliefs. Although they also get scared and worried they take care of their family and show other parents that you will always end the day with a smile on your face. Drinking: At dinner and at celebrations alcohol is consumed. This show is funny, unique and so many others forms of a good family comedy.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking