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Suburgatory - (S03E04)


Tess and Dahlia negotiate George's and Dallas' territories in Chatswin; Tessa notices Lisa spending time with Ryan's girlfriend; Fred thinks Sheila is distancing herself.

Episode Title: The Birds and the Biederman
Airs: 2014-02-5 at 08:30 pm
  • David Wiegand

    A genuinely funny and immediately likable sitcom.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    I love the suburban satire, which is old territory made fresh again. [Jane] Levy, from "Shameless," is tart and sympathetic, and [Cheryl] Hines is a revelation as a rabidly superficial mom.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    There's enough sincerity lurking convincingly beneath the snark, and Levy is so good in both aggressive and vulnerable modes, that I have faith the show will find a way to humanize Tessa's new environment while still bringing the laughs.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Henry Goldblatt

    Not quite an Easy A, but certainly an easy B+.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    What Surburgatory lacks in novelty, it compensates for with a steady stream of gags, splashes of nuance (and nuance's vivid opposite), the comedic flow of Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell as the Altmans' neighbors, and an undercurrent of sweetness.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The dialogue has a nice snap, the jokes come from just to the left of where you expect them to, and the players are all first-rate.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Suburgatory is fall's most consistently funny comedy pilot.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Yes, satirizing the suburbs is an age-old theme in entertainment, but Suburgatory feels like it's thought through what specifically there is to say about the burbs of 2011. And so far, I like the way it says it.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    You'd never accuse Suburgatory of subtlety, but it's a fun place to visit, even if you'd never want to live there. It's also a hoot.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Liz Kelly Nelson

    It delivers laughs, for sure, but with a brainy, subversive and sometimes absurdist edge.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    A hilarious family fish-out-of-water tale that fits seamlessly Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on 6ABC between The Middle and Modern Family.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Suburgatory is an interesting little sitcom in that all on its own the show deserves your attention for the merits [nuance, snark, sweetness] mentioned above.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Sisto is surprisingly sweet as a befuddled dad. Everyone seems to want the next Emma Stone. Levy isn't there yet, but given time she might grow into a solid comic actress.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    With a snarky running dialogue from Tessa (Jane Levy), the laughs are as easy and as sophisticated as she is. Or as she thinks she is--and that's the key.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    On the whole, Suburgatory delivers more hits than misses, largely thanks to its cast.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Suburgatory displays a polished sense of humor and a better cast than it deserves, which makes it worth a look.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    A clever send-up of life in the land of triple strollers from Emily Kapnek ("Parks and Recreation," "Hung") with just enough heart to keep viewers living there from wanting to slit their wrists.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    For now, Levy is an OK mix of insolence and vulnerability, Hines is her usual hoot and Sisto shows signs of being nimble on his feet in an arena where he's still learning the ropes.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There's no question that some of the jokes are funny, or that it's nice to see Sisto in a role that lets him lighten up.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    None of this, of course, is cutting edge new. But if you buy into the show's out-there fantasy of the suburbs--and I do, because I fear them--then you'll be amply entertained.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Michelle Welch

    The result is a show that's more ABC Family than Tina Fey.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    "Suburgatory" falls flat--a flatness that will be accentuated by the smart suburban comedies that bookend it.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    As is, the pilot created by Emily Kapnek ("Hung") and directed by Michael Fresco finds some warmth in the father-daughter bond and labors rather feebly to expose Hines' character in a less-than-harsh light, but the too-familiar start doesn't bode well for consistently tapping into such elements.

    Variety Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series begins with a tenuous premise, uses it to leap to an inaccurate dichotomy and supports that with tired, unfunny stereotypes.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Basically, Suburgatory is a random collection of clichés drawn from such suburb-bashing works as Valley Girls, Stepford Wives, Clueless and Cougar Town, assembled without a scintilla of wit or human empathy.

    Miami Herald Full Review

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