Suburgatory "Thanksgiving"

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  1. StacieH

    StacieH betativowho??

    Jan 2, 2009
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    Not actually that great of an episode, IMHO. But one line made me LOL:

    " guys SUCK at Thanksgiving!!!"
  2. MikeCC

    MikeCC TiVotee

    Jun 19, 2004
    You know, one thing that struck me about this...

    Teenage girls are portrayed in a fairly unflattering light, no matter what their background. Each girl, from the spoiled rich girl to our supposedly selfless protagonist, is incredibly self centered and obnoxious to the point of being unpleasant.

    There are moments of humor, and some heart warming scenes, but overall, I think these girls are difficult to be around.

    Although, on reflection, that is very likely true-to-life. I have a sister, and I lived through her overinflated drama. She and her friends were difficult to be around.
  3. Maui

    Maui Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    Gobble Gobble!
  4. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    I really hope that's something they made up for the show. I cringe thinking that there might actually be people in the world who would greet people like that on Thanksgiving.

    Although this is my favorite new comedy of the year, there's one thing about it that bugs me, and this week's was a good example of it...Until they make it a plot point, I forget that they supposedly live as close to Manhattan as they apparently do.

    Maybe it's my own perception, but the suburbs they live in seem more like something you'd find around Los Angeles than New York City.

    When I think of stereotypical sitcom people from the NYC suburbs, I'd expect them to be people who likely grew up thinking they were Manhattan sophisticates, even though all they'd ever done in NYC is the same typical things that every tourist from around the world does. You'd think that type of character would be the perfect foil for Tessa's "real New Yorker", but it doesn't seem to exist on the show.

    I thought it was unrealistic that Dallas would have been so unfamiliar with (even scared of) Manhattan. It would have been more in character (I believe) for her to be excited to go into the city and have her talk about all the touristy places she loves, while Tessa wants to show her the "real" Manhattan. Sheila is a character I could see having no interest in Manhattan, but not Dallas.

    The suburb characters all seem indifferent to their proximity to NYC, which just seems unrealistic to me; but maybe I'm wrong.
  5. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD


    I used to work with people who lived in New Jersey, right near the GW Bridge A couple of them vowed to never go into the city because it was dangerous. My sisters landlord in Queens hadn't gone into Manhatten for decades, which they called "the city."

    I know lots of people in Maryland who never go into Baltimore or Washington unless it is for a sporting event.

    It is not as unusual as you think.
  6. TiVangelist

    TiVangelist Member

    Aug 28, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Actually, this is quite realistic. I grew up in New Jersey, just 10 miles north of the George Washington Bridge and we hardly ever went into the "city". For starters, it's a pain in the neck to drive and park, and many parts of NJ, even close by, don't have good public transportation. It's a world apart in the burbs.
  7. desaun

    desaun Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Similar situation here in Detroit. I was born and raised near downtown Detroit, but once I moved to the suburbs (just 10-15 minutes from downtown) I was amazed at the number of people who've never crossed into the city limits.

    I can definitely see the same being said about NY.
  8. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Probably because they are shooting in Los Angeles.
  9. Aniketos

    Aniketos Active Member

    Mar 6, 2006
    I thought it was one of their better ones simply because they are starting to flesh out the other characters and they weren't all just walking punchlines.
  10. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Aren't they supposed to be an hour or more out of NYC?

    (I've never been to NYC, but sure think I've seen lots of other shows depicting [fictional or factual] suburbs that near NYC.)
  11. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

    Jun 18, 2002
    How far out of town is New Rochelle, where Robert Petry lived?
  12. Steveknj

    Steveknj Happily Vaccinated! TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Have you BEEN around teenage girls? Totally accurate IMO. Sure it's over the top, but it's supposed to be. I thought this episode was great. Loved how the sullen girl finally got the nerve to do something about her overbearing mom and did the naked thing in front of company (and the little cousin saying to her...nice rack, had us rolling!!)
  13. Steveknj

    Steveknj Happily Vaccinated! TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    As someone who grew up in Brooklyn and live in NJ, I can tell you that the attitude toward Manhattan is accurate, if over the top. Except for this point....a lot of affluent folks who live in the NYC 'burbs will come into "the city" for "nights out" Broadway shows, or concerts or restaurants, that type of thing. I don't think they treat is as some dirty place that nobody goes. But I DO think, the Dallas character, is not native to either Manhattan OR the NYC 'burbs so the attitude I've always gotten from those types, is that NYC is a dangerous place to go.

    They showed a sign in this episode when they were driving "into the city" that they were getting on the Hutchison River Parkway, which is in Westchester. So it's probably a 45 minute drive with no traffic and maybe a bit more during rush hours. Now a lot of folks in Westchester would probably take the train in, which takes you to Grand Central Station, in Midtown Manhattan.

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