The series follows George Altman, a single father who decides to get away from New York City to the suburbs so he can give his teenage daughter, Tessa, a better life. However, their move to the suburbs has the daughter wondering if they just entered the world of The Stepford Wives after they see how “perfect” their new locale is, right down to the neighbors who welcome them into the cul-de-sac.
This show is the story of George and Tessa Altman, a father/daughter duo who move to the suburbs from New York City. George found condoms in teenage Tessa’s room and quickly moved her to the burbs where everything is perfect and she’ll be safe. And while the town they live in is freakishly perfect in many ways, it also has its share of problems which Tessa and George work through together and the help of their various friends.
This isn’t the perfect show by any means, but it’s cute and it works. Jane Levy plays the New York City teenager who was forced to move to the burbs, quite well. She quickly becomes friends with Malik, the high schools so-called token black kid who happens to be dating Tessa’s best friend Lisa, who lives across the street from Tessa. I relate to Tessa a lot. She’s awkward, she’s a teenager who’s convinced her parents don’t understand her (although hers don’t for various reasons. Mostly because they’re weird).
Tessa of course has a rival, this is high school, and TV. Her rival is Dalia, a materialistic popular girl, who has her smart moments, but often has things go over her head to the annoyance of everyone around her. Dalia’s mother, Dallas, is really good friends with George and often throws signals at George that she would like more. He is currently ignoring most of them.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with this show. I assumed I’d get it from the library (thanks local library for having massive amounts of TV shows), put it in and have it as background noise while I complete everything on my to-do list. Yet that didn’t happen at all. I got sucked in. Hard. I want more of it and I want more of it now. I like the friendship between Lisa and Tessa. I like the father/daughter relationship between George and Tessa because even if it isn’t a ‘normal’ relationship, it’s theirs and it works. I like that they portray relationships well between Tessa and guys, too. There was a brief love interest in the first season and one that you don’t know is there, but it’s perfect.
I put this show in the area I put Raising Hope. I wish it got more attention because it’s a good TV show.