REVIEW: THE NEIGHBORHOOD – SEASON 2

The Neighborhood (2018)

Starring

Cedric the Entertainer (Be Cool)
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls)
Tichina Arnold (Martin)
Sheaun McKinney (Great News)
Marcel Spears (The Mayor)
Hank Greenspan (13 Reasons Why)

Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield in The Neighborhood (2018)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Brian Thomas Smith (The Big bang Theory)
Kym Whitley (Rango)
Cocoa Brown (Ted 2)
Edy Ganem (Devious Maids)
Casey Sander (The Ranch)
Deborah Baker Jr. (Stan Against Evil)
Victor Williams (Hunters)
Gary Anthony Williams (TMNT: OFTS)
Jonathan Slavin (Free Enterprise)
Riki Lindhome (Knive’s Out)
Wayne Brady (Black Lightning)

Max Greenfield, Brian Thomas Smith, Aynsley Bubbico, and Beth Behrs in The Neighborhood (2018)The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Dave Johnson is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife, Gemma, gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover, unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town.Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield in Welcome to the Fresh Coat (2019)Their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler, is wary of the newcomers, certain that the Johnsons will disrupt the culture on the block. However, Calvin’s gracious wife, Tina, rolls out the welcome wagon; their chipper younger son, Marty, thinks the Johnsons could be good for the community; and their unemployed older son, Malcolm, finds Dave may finally be someone who understands him. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home.When I saw the first episode, it was meh. But, as the series as moved on, and the relationships have grown and characters have been developed, I think this could move up as one is the best sitcoms on tv once Big Bang takes its final bows. The jokes are fresh, and there is balance in the racial humor. Black or White, everyone is fair game for some stereotypical fun poking. Folks that did not like it initially should binge it and see if theys till feel the same way. I really think it improves with every episode! and more so with Season 2.

REVIEW: THE NEIGHBORHOOD – SEASON 1

The Neighborhood (2018)

 

Starring

Cedric the Entertainer (Be Cool)
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls)
Tichina Arnold (Martin)
Sheaun McKinney (Great News)
Marcel Spears (The Mayor)
Hank Greenspan (13 Reasons Why)

Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, and Sheaun McKinney in The Neighborhood (2018)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Maurice LaMarche (Futurama)
Gary Anthony Williams (TMNT: OFTS)
Juliette Goglia (Mike & Molly)
Earthquake (Clerks II)
Joshua Triplett (The Quad)
Marilu Henner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Alexandra Chando (Sneaky Pete)
Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons)
Grace Demarco (Caged)
Geoff Stults (The Finder)

 

Max Greenfield and Beth Behrs in The Neighborhood (2018)This season of The Neighborhood is an entertaining multi-camera sitcom that requires a little time to get going. The storylines can be a bit mundane with on the nose messages and the characters take a while to feel established and real. Thankfully, the cast is extremely charismatic and deliver genuinely funny performances in a relatable atmosphere that make this neighborhood and its stories a fun time. From its cast, comedy and lighthearted humour, this season of The Neighborhood may not be a revolutionary sitcom, but still manages a few good laughs.Tichina Arnold, Cedric the Entertainer, Sheaun McKinney, and Marcel Spears in The Neighborhood (2018)While film is a medium focused on stories, television is one of characters. The audience tunes in every week to see how these people they have invested potentially years of time into will deal with their current issues. The dramas of television still rely on their storytelling like a film would, but sitcoms hinge entirely on the personas and charisma of their ensembles. Unfortunately, as most sitcoms show, it can take more than a season to develop enough character to keep these ideas afloat.Tichina Arnold and Beth Behrs in The Neighborhood (2018)The main story of The Neighborhood season one revolves around the Johnson family who relocate from Michigan to Los Angeles for Gemma’s (Beth Behrs) new job at a school. Her husband Dave (Max Greenfield) tries to befriend their neighbors the Butlers, but finds himself constantly the butt of jokes from the matriarch Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer). As Gemma and their son Grover (Hank Greenspan) start to befriend Tina Butler (Tichina Arnold) and her two sons Malcolm (Sheaun McKinney) and Marty (Marcel Spears), they all show Calvin and Dave that maybe they aren’t so different after all.Tichina Arnold, Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, and Beth Behrs in The Neighborhood (2018)After New Girl ended, their hilarious cast was bound to find themselves hot commodities and Greenfield was one of the notable breakouts. Here he plays a slightly different character going from the douchey, over the top Schmidt to the overly optimistic family man. The change gives Greenfield a great character to work with that is complemented by his neighbor Calvin played by Cedric the Entertainer. These two characters are polar opposites and somehow the two actors have an innate chemistry that makes this odd couple scenario work and deliver some genuine laughs along the way. Outside these two, the ensemble around them is fairly entertaining with each having their own moment throughout the season. The scene stealer of the season is Arnold as Calvin’s wife Tina who embraces their new neighbors with open arms.However, these characters and performances are only this good thanks to the longer first season. Coming in at 21 episodes, this freshman comedy gave itself enough time to flesh out each character and bring some quirky situations to the table. If this season had been cut short at 7 or even 13 episodes, the characters would’ve been less developed and ended up stereotypes of the commentary this show’s premise makes. Speaking of the storylines, they can be a bit dull and mundane at times as the on-the-nose cultural commentary feels less impactful than it could have been. Thankfully, this issue is not the downfall of this series as the storylines provide genuine family moments, friendship and underlying messages that further display the potential that this show and its premise could have for seasons to come.