The Neighbours (yes, I am spelling it with a u because that is the proper spelling) skirts the line between sci-fi and comedic sitcom. At this point, we haven’t quite determined if this really and truly fits our genre but since it will provide so much to snark about, we have decided to follow it, though we believe it will be cancelled after the first six episodes.
In the year 2002 aliens travel to earth to discover whether or not the earth would make a suitable place to live, should their home planet become uninhabitable. They buy an enter subdivision in New Jersey with cash and settle in. Strife begins when Larry Bird forgets to bring the charger for the poopah (the device which allows them to contact home) and ten years later, it is beginning to run out of power, and so two of the aliens sell their homes and return home. This means that for the first time in ten years, they will have humans living amongst them.
Unfortunately, it seems that Marty has decided to move his entire family after his wife Debbie, told him to surprise her and show some initiative. She is clearly not impressed and meant something smaller. The Weavers first notice that something is wrong, when they meet Larry Bird, Jackie Joyner Kirsy, Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson. All of the neighbours have the names of famous celebrities. They leave about a dozen pies on the ground for them and walk away, after Larry and Jackie invite them for dinner.
The next night only the humans are eating and the aliens are reading because they receive nourishment through their eyes. When they head into the kitchen to clean up, Jackie is surprised to learn that Debbie has a job. Debbie tries to get to the bottom of thing and she tells her that if Marty talked to her the way that Larry talked to her things would not be pretty. Jackie admits that she wishes Marty would treat her with more respect and adds, “it’s a though he thinks he can make every decision for this family, simply because he ruined his body carrying our two children.” In the meantime, Larry and Marty are talking about what they do and Larry admits they spend all their time and are independently wealthy. Larry says, “there is no greater tribute to this planet than to name ourselves after its finest specimens,” to explain the weird assortment of names. Marty makes a quip of not being able to get Debbie to go for that and Marty answers, “my wife does what I tell her.”