• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 6, 2009
Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 12 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    A show so fastidiously old-fashioned as to feel assembled from pieces of '70s family sitcoms.
  2. It's difficult to imagine many "Dancing" viewers will be suckered into watching this unimaginative, predictable comedy series for more than the first couple of minutes.
  3. 20
    Domestic comedy doesn't get more generic, more insipid, or more pointless than "Surviving Suburbia," and no, I haven't forgotten about "Gary Unmarried" or "In the Motherhood."
  4. 50
    Suburbia isn't the worst show you've ever seen. It may not even be the worst show you could watch tonight in this time slot. But it is among the least-memorable.
  5. It's a hackfest of cliches and obvious, unfunny jokes about kids and neighbors and marriage, with multiple cameras, a smothering laugh track, precocious kids and a salty but loving wife.
  6. 37
    Most painful are the scenes of Steve and Anne with their daughter, Courtney (G Hannelius). They’re overacted, unfunny and, like much of the rest of the show, full of annoying cliches.
  7. Surviving Suburbia starts out weak and declines rapidly.
  8. While its cynicism about suburbia is superficially novel, the show itself is quite old-fashioned if not old hat: lame dad, smart mom, cute child, knowing child, strange neighbor. Door here, door there, couch in the middle.
  9. The pilot is not very funny or at all surprising.
  10. 10
    Why anybody is paying the writers and cast of Surviving Suburbia for what is essentially an amateur-hour production is just one more of those eternal television mysteries.
  11. 30
    It has the air of something two teenage pals concocted while goofing around on the Internet, but the result of that would probably be fresher and bolder than Surviving Suburbia is.
  12. 20
    Saget plays a cynical dad, but his acid outlook isn't enough to juice up this blah comedy, which was originally slated for The CW.
  13. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    40
    The jokes never got any better than that, not even when the girl-moppet later waxed ecstatic about Zac Efron in High School Musical.
  14. In place of Saget’s real-life comic shtick, which is genuinely outrageous and dirty, we get sour, rehashed Honeymooners, misanthropy without insight.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    Modest but terrific, uncool but charming, this ain't According to Jim: Give it a try.
  16. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    30
    A conventional, by-the-book alleged laugh-fest that proves just how inert and lifeless the format can be.
User Score
2.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. BarbK
    Apr 8, 2009
    9
    Old fashioned humor. Simple but funny. Loved it.
  2. jkdsvnkvnkknsfcnked
    Apr 7, 2009
    1
    I really dislike bob in this comedy because the directing sucks. really bad. same goes for acting. just watch everybody loves raymond on fox I really dislike bob in this comedy because the directing sucks. really bad. same goes for acting. just watch everybody loves raymond on fox instead. It wouldn't be torture. Full Review »
  3. LolaLittle
    Apr 6, 2009
    0
    This was painfully boring and should be canceled immediately.