The Neighborhood

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Tony_T, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Oct 1, 2018 #1 of 68

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017


    I watched the promo on the "CBS Preview Show", and it looked awful.
    But… I decided to watch tonight anyway, and it's pretty good.
  2. Oct 1, 2018 #2 of 68

    mrizzo80 Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2012
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    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    I think I would’ve preferred Josh Lawson, but I prefer Beth Behrs over the original actress.

    The show was pretty good for a pilot. I’m not sure if I’ll stick with it though. I have too many shows piled up.
  4. Oct 1, 2018 #4 of 68

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Blah. I did make it thru the entire episode, which is more than I can say for the show that followed it*. But after watching it, I deleted the SP.

    Just full of stale black/white jokes. Almost nothing new or unique about it. I like Beth Behrs, and would have loved to see her hit a home run with this, but it seemed like almost every character was a cliche.

    * Happy Together came on after this. I made it about 4 minutes in, and had to bleach my eyeballs.
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  5. Oct 2, 2018 #5 of 68

    2004raptor time to emancipate

    Dec 30, 2005


    I watched it. I'll try to watch the next episode before I ditch it but based on last night, it's probably going to happen.

    It was riddled with black/white jokes. That's it. Kinda like an overweight comedian only doing sand up about their weight. Or an asian comedian only doing Asian jokes. It's OK for a minute or two but it gets old. Maybe this show will broaden a bit.

    I've never seen any of the actors except the main black neighbor. I didn't like any of the white ones.
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    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I liked it. Yeah, very cliche and sort of a modern version of Sanford and Son, but at least I laughed a couple of times. Plus they had me at him smoking the meat :) I'll keep watching for now. I second astroship's comments about Happy Together. This is a pretty bad batch of sitcoms so far, and that was, BY FAR, the worst of the bunch.
  7. Oct 2, 2018 #7 of 68

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    Cedric's wife was on Everybody Hates Chris
    Husband was on New Girl
    Wife was on Two Broke Girls
    New friend next week was on Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
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    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 2, 2009
    I liked the first episode so I set a 1P. I’m a fan of Cedric the entertainer and thought Max Greenfield was good on New Girl.

    Side note: I watched on which didn’t show any commercials. That was great! NBC and ABC kill you with the commercials.
  9. Oct 2, 2018 #9 of 68

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    I’ll give it another episode but without Beth Behrs wearing a short waitress skirt I don’t think I can stay in long term.
  10. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    It was just as predictable as it seemed going in. It's already gotten old with one black/white joke you could see coming a mile away after another.

    Playing chess - "I'm white"..."You sure are".....uproarious laugh track laughter ensues :rolleyes:

    Nothing new, nothing clever.

    Didn't even try "Happy Together"....from the promos that looks brutal.
  11. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista TCF Club

    Nov 22, 2008
    Boring Ohio
    I love Max so I'm going to give this show a chance but I agree with you 100%. It was hard to get through for me not being a huge Cedric or Beth Behrs fan.
  12. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Better than "Happy Together". This show would be thought of as totally racist if things were the other direction. It was still funny. It could wear thin though. The area (set) sure didn't look "slum-y", it seemed like it was supposed to be a really poor area -- with a crackhead living across the street.

    (I do remember a "60 Minutes" segment I *think* within the last 10 years about a "black neighborhood" *somewhere*, and they talked about white neighbors moving in sometimes. That was uncomfortable too.)
  13. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I wonder if it's one of those lower middle class neighborhoods where the minorities that live there are somewhat successful as opposed to a slum where everyone is destitute. There are a lot of those places here in NJ and I'm sure some in NYC as well. Those are the neighborhoods most likely to become "gentrified". I think that's the underlying issue that will come out in this show. That gentrification often leads to those there before getting pushed out.
  14. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 22, 2009
    I didn’t watch but the promos didn’t have a gentrification vibe. They seem to represent a typical upper middle class black neighborhood (like Ladera Heights in California).

    They didn’t seem to depict one of the wealthy all-black neighborhoods as in Atlanta. Whites moving into those neighborhoods would only get a “side-eye” and not worthy of a sitcom.
  15. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    That’s what it looked like to me. I believe he even said something about being happy that another successful black family was moving to the neighborhood. The talk about the “crackhead” that lived across the street seemed out of place.
  16. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Crackheads can live anywhere.
  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Agreed. I think at the beginning before Cedric met the new neighbors, he talked about a successful black family.

    The "crackhead" could be living in a house that he inherited so he has no housing costs.
  18. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Hah! When I read Steveknj's comment I immediately thought of Ladera Heights.

    This is the only new comedy whose One Pass is going to survive on my TiVo. It's a very bad season.
  19. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    I really liked it. Yeah, it might be cliche but sometimes cliche is funny.
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  20. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I guess I don't remember specifics, but the son not having a job at all (IIRC) and living at home...

    I guess Black-ish is sort of the opposite, since they're really well off, and don't they mention them as being the only black family in the neighborhood?

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