‘Suburgatory’: Sprawl in the family

September 27, 2011

●Suburgatory (8:30 p.m., ABC) Just once it would be nice to see a comedy about urbanites moving to the suburbs that doesn’t rely on a mocking and simplistically Stepford view of such places. Setting that gripe aside, “Suburgatory” displays a polished sense of humor and a better cast than it deserves, which makes it worth a look.

Jane Levy stars as Tessa, whose single father, George (Jeremy Sisto of “Law & Order” and “Six Feet Under”), decides to move them from Manhattan to this idealistic “out there” — Westchester County? Connecticut? In voice-over narration, Tessa exudes toxic levels of sarcasm about her new home — where everyone drinks sugar-free Red Bull and “zombie-eyed girls” stare coldly at her from the back seats of their mothers’ SUVs. “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Cheryl Hines is delightful as the sweetly vacuous mother of the school’s mean girl; other surprises include Rex Lee (“Entourage”) as a school administrator and “Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer waving hello from across the street. Grade: B

Hank Stuever

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Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation.
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