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      Season 1 – Surviving Suburbia

      2009 Comedy List
      5% 22 Reviews Tomatometer If you thought Roseanne Conner was cranky, say hello -- cautiously -- to Steve Patterson, who almost deserves combat pay for getting through life in the suburbs. His new next-door neighbors are suing Anne, his wife of 20 years, to force her to cut down a beloved bougainvillea vine in her garden. His daughter, Courtney, thinks she's an Indian princess. And his son, Henry, is smitten with a teenager down the street who just got pregnant for the second time. Is it any wonder Steve wishes shame would come back as a national emotion? Read More Read Less
      Surviving Suburbia — Season 1

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      Surviving Suburbia is a bland and generic family sitcom starring Bob Saget that has no real reason for existing.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Apr 6, 2009 Hero When Steve accidentally starts a fire while house-sitting for Onno, he gets caught up in being praised as a hero. Details Episode 2 Aired Apr 13, 2009 Project Run Away Steve challenges Courtney's teacher over an assignment that requires a lot of help from parents; Henry tries to find out who fathered Rhonda's children. Details Episode 3 Aired Apr 20, 2009 DMV Steve borrows Monica's scooter in an attempt to avoid waiting in line at the DMV; Jenna puts Anne in an awkward position. Details Episode 4 Aired Apr 27, 2009 40 Days Steve tries to introduce Anne to a book that promises increased intimacy; Courtney loses something of importance that Jenna gave her. Details Episode 5 Aired May 27, 2009 Burn Bougainvillea, Burn A new neighbor wants to cut Anne's prized bougainvillea down; Henry becomes smitten with a teenage girl down the street. Details Episode 6 Aired Jun 12, 2009 If the Shoe Fits, Steal It Steve falsely accuses a mother at school of stealing Courtney's shoes; Henry keeps his SAT scores a secret from his mom. Details Episode 7 Aired Jun 19, 2009 Dirty Stevie Onno gives Steve a gun, and while Steve enjoys the feeling of power it gives him, Anne wants it out of the house; Monica sends Anne a bill for the food Henry has been eating while at her house. Details Episode 8 Aired Jun 26, 2009 The Game of Life Anne starts a family game night in hopes that it will convince Henry to go to college. Details Episode 9 Aired Jul 10, 2009 Nothing for Money Steve encourages Anne to quit volunteer work and get a job; Henry accuses Jenna of stealing something from the house. Details Episode 10 Aired Jul 17, 2009 School Council Anne and Steve try to discuss an altercation between Courtney and a neighbor's daughter; Steve learns something about his relationship with Henry. Details Episode 11 Aired Jul 24, 2009 Three End Tables When an end table the Pattersons bought is sent to a neighbor's house, Anne asks Steve to get it back; Henry puts Courtney's relationship with Jenna in jeopardy. Details Episode 12 Aired Jul 31, 2009 Desperate Housewife Anne questions the strength of her marriage when a neighbor starts flirting with Steve; Henry and Courtney vie for control of the downstairs television. Details Episode 13 Aired Aug 7, 2009 No Reception Steve wants Anne to break away from her manipulative mother; Henry receives counseling from Dr. Jim. Details Next
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      Previous Tim Goodman San Francisco Chronicle [A] cookie-cutter, laugh-track-saturated sitcom starring Bob Saget that it is so bad it's almost offensive. Sep 10, 2019 Full Review Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel [Bob Saget] plays a cynical dad, but his acid outlook isn't enough to juice up this blah comedy. Sep 10, 2019 Full Review Troy Patterson Slate Surviving Suburbia, a conventional family sitcom with a wacky neighbor and a weekly moral, combines boring analysis of middle-class boredom with a promotional opportunity for ABC and the whole Walt Disney Co. family. Sep 10, 2019 Full Review Rob Owen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Is it possible to survive sitting through "Suburbia"? Yes, but it's not recommended. Sep 10, 2019 Full Review Eric Goldman IGN Movies [T]here's no true edge or wit here, just a show going through the motions. 3/10 Sep 10, 2019 Full Review People Staff People Magazine The setup owes a lot to Curb Your Enthusiasm... But there's a huge gap between Larry David's boundless, egomaniacal hostility-so colossal it inspires awe-and [Bob] Saget's garden-variety grousing. This man is crabgrass, and there's no pleasure in that. Sep 10, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Season Info

      Andrew Weyman, Robbie Countryman, Emile Levisetti, Leonard R Garner Jr.
      Executive Producer
      Kevin Abbott, Michael Hänel, Mindy Schultheis
      Vince Calandra, Claudia Lonow, Kevin Abbott, Don Beck, Danny Zuker, Bob Myer, Pat Bullard
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      Apr 6, 2009
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