Third-episode verdict: Suburgatory

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 2

In the US: Wednesdays, 8.30/7.30c, ABC

Well, the Carusometer hasn’t seen anything like this before – not that it can see much from behind those Shades of Justice, sometimes. What can have gone on here with Suburgatory? Two absolutely cracking episodes, full of fun, warmth, pathos and satirical bite that lift it head and shoulders above the rest of the comedy field, even Modern Family these days. Then stuck right in the middle was a near laugh-free suckfest. What happened there?

Oh yes. Different writer.

So if there’s a quick lesson to be learnt about Suburgatory, it’s that as long as Emily Kapnek is writing it, it’s likely to be brilliant; if she’s not, it’s not.

Other than that, I’ve not much to add since the first episode. The cast is great, especially Cheryl Hines and Jane Levy (an odd junior combination of Emma Stone’s snark and hair and Gillian Jacobs’s facial expressions). The writing’s great. Watch it.

Carusometer rating: 1 (Emily Kapnek only); 2 (on aggregate)
Rob’s prediction: As long as Emily Kapnek does as much of the writing as possible, it should run and run. Will certainly last a season.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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