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Surviving Suburbia
Format Sitcom
Created by Kevin Abbott
Starring Bob Saget
Cynthia Stevenson
Jared Kusnitz
Genevieve Hannelius
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Mindy Schultheis
Michael Hanel
Running time 30 minutes (20-22 min. without commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (2009)
Original run April 6, 2009 – August 7, 2009
Status Cancelled

Surviving Suburbia is an American sitcom starring Bob Saget and Cynthia Stevenson, and premiered on April 6, 2009 at 9:30PM Eastern/8:30PM Central on ABC.[1] On August 7, 2009 Surviving Suburbia aired its final episode at 8:30PM Eastern/7:30PM Central. This is Bob Saget's first show to air on ABC since he left America's Funniest Home Videos in 1997. On August 8, 2009, ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson announced that Surviving Suburbia, along with The Goode Family, has officially been cancelled due to low ratings.[2][3]

Contents

Premise

A half-hour comedy dubbed as a male Roseanne, Surviving Suburbia focuses on a father named Steve Patterson (Bob Saget), his wife Anne (Cynthia Stevenson), and their two children, Henry and Courtney. Everything seems normal for them until their new next-door neighbors cause several problems, turning their suburban lifestyle upside-down.

Cast and characters

Programming history

In 2008, The CW had announced plans of airing the comedy as part of their Sunday night programming block with Media Rights Capital. The series was set to air November 2, and 13 episodes were taped.

When the MRC block started, it faced very low ratings against other networks (especially with FOX's Animation Domination) and after only a few weeks, The CW had pulled the entire block, shifting Suburbia's air date to TBA, however, no announcements of the series was made by CW.

On February 6, 2009, ABC, who last had Saget in Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, announced that they are airing Surviving Suburbia starting April 6.

When the first episode aired, it garned 12.16 million viewers and 3.2/8 million viewers in the 18-49 demographics, despite panned critical response. The show was originally a rating success but, since being moved to the Friday night death slot the show has garnered very poor ratings.

On May 7, 2009, ABC announced that they were pulling the show from the schedule, effective immediately. The series returned on May 27, 2009, and will finish its first season over the summer.[4]

On June 1, 2009, ABC announced it has dropped the show from its schedule.[5][6]

Surviving Suburbia returned to the 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central slot on Friday, June 12 and finished its first and final season on Friday, August 7.[7]

List of Surviving Suburbia Episodes

# Title Original Airdate
1 "Hero" April 6, 2009 (2009-04-06)
In the series premiere Steve is forced to house sit for Onno and accidentally causes a fire. To cover up for his mistake, he claims to have stopped the fire. His daughter and neighbors praise him as being a hero, but his conscience ends up getting the best of him. 
2 "Project Run Away" April 13, 2009 (2009-04-13)
Steve challenges Courtney's teacher regarding a homework assignment. Anne must stand up for Steve when his parenting skills are questioned due to an inappropriate e-mail. Meanwhile, Henry makes it a mission to discover who is the father of Rhonda's children. 
3 "DMV" April 20, 2009 (2009-04-20)
Steve has a plan of using Monica's scooter to cut the line at the DMV, but his plans backfires. Meanwhile, Onno asks Anne to take Jenna to the gynecologist but when Jenna tells Anne her true reasons for going, Anne is put in a compromising position. 
4 "40 Days" April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)
After learning about a book which describes how intimacy can be achieved with 40 days of sex, Steve talks Anne into joining a book club so that she'll read it. His plan does not go accordingly when Anne admits she has no confidence in their current relationship. Meanwhile, Courtney loses an important gift from Jenna and must confess her mistake. 
5 "Burn, Bougainvillea, Burn" May 27, 2009 (2009-05-27)

As Steve and Anne get to know their neighbors, things aren't as friendly as they seem.

Note: Despite being aired as Episode 5, the plot of this episode (in which Steve and Anne first meet their new neighbors, Onno and his daughter Jenna) clearly indicates that it was intended to come before Episode 1 in the series. 
6 "If the Shoe Fits, Steal It" June 12, 2009 (2009-06-12)
Steve falsely accuses a mother at school of stealing his daughter Courtney's shoes. Henry hides his SAT score from Anne. 
7 "Dirty Stevie" June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
Onno gives Steve a handgun and Steve likes the power that comes with it. Anne on the other hand doesn't want that gun in her house, until Steve uses that power with Henry, she sees the new macho-man in Steve and she likes it. Meanwhile, Anne has to deal with Monica after she sends her a bill of the food that Henry has eaten at her house. 
8 "The Game of Life" June 26, 2009 (2009-06-26)
Steve talks about his concerns for the economy during family game night. 
9 "Nothing for Money" July 10, 2009 (2009-07-10)
Steve asks Anne to get a real job instead of volunteering. 
10 "School Council" July 17, 2009 (2009-07-17)
Steve learns something about Henry life. 
11 "Three End Tables" July 24, 2009 (2009-07-24)
Anne and Steve have trouble about a table mistake. Courtney and Jenna have conflict about Henry. 
12 "Desperate Housewife" July 31, 2009 (2009-07-31)
Steve admits that a neighbor, who is going through a divorce, flirted with him. 
13 "No Reception" August 7, 2009 (2009-08-07)
In the series finale Steve tries to motivate Annie to break away from her manipulative mother after her parents abuse the new cell phones they give them; Henry is counseled after he reprimands Rhonda for glamorizing teen pregnancy in front of Courtney. 

Weekly ratings

# Episode 18-49 Viewers (m) Rating Share
1 Hero 3.2/8 12.16 7.2 11
2 Project Run Away 2.8/7 10.69 6.3 10
3 DMV 2.6/6 10.86 6.6 10
4 40 Days 2.4/6 9.91 6.0 9
5 Burn, Bougainvillea, Burn 1.0/3 2.83 1.9 4
6 If the Shoe Fits, Steal It 0.6/3 2.87 1.3 3
7 Dirty Stevie 0.6/3 2.59 1.8 4
8 The Game of Life 0.7/3 2.76 1.7 4
9 Nothing for Money 0.5/2 2.23 1.8 4
10 School Council 0.7/3 2.62 1.7 4
11 Three End Tables 0.6/3 2.42 TBA TBA
12 Desperate Housewife 0.6/3 2.60 1.6 4
13 No Reception 0.7/3 2.73 1.8 4

International airings

Surviving Suburbia premiered in ABC April 6, 2009. In Greece premiered in Greece's Fox Life on October 2009. In Portugal, Fox Life airs the show every weekday at 9:45.

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