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"Neighbors from Hell" season premiere  by Suzanne
Airing on TBS Mondays starting June 7.

I've watched the first episode of this show, and I enjoyed it. That is a rare treat nowadays, especially when it comes to sitcoms or cable cartoons. I liked the characters, and I chuckled throughout, and I laughed out loud quite a few times.  That is the most important thing for any comedy - to make you laugh!

The basic premise is that a family that lives in Hell is sent by Satan to live on Earth and stop a big drill that is going to drill into the center of the earth (where Hell is).  The main character, Balthazor Hellman (love that name!) is given this task because he was caught sneaking off to watch TV - something that is forbidden in Hell (except to use as torture).

It's a clever, cute, fun show. People of all ages should enjoy it. It has lots of silliness for kids to enjoy, and very clever funny stuff for adults. There have been MANY shows like this, dating all the way back to "My Favorite Martian" - aliens or other weird beings hide out in the suburbs.  In this case, it's a whole family. That makes it similar to shows like The Addams Family, Hi Honey I'm Home, and Aliens in the Family.  Some have been good, some were not. Neighbors from Hell is a good one, so I hope it succeeds.

If you are not too uptight or religious to enjoy a comedy about Hell-demons, then check it out!

More info:

Click on the clip below to see behind the scenes of TBS's first
animated series NEIGHBORS FROM HELL coming June 7 on TBS. (Give the clip a second to load)

http://www.tbs.com/video/index.jsp?cid=212617&oid=212609

The premiere of Neighbors From Hell, a brand new animated series from the producers behind South Park and Family Guy will take place on TBS Monday June 7th.

Neighbors From Hell centers around an average all-American suburban family with 2 kids and 1 dog. They also happen to be sent from Hell by Satan himself on a mission to keep a wealthy corporation from drilling into the underworld.

For more information on the characters and cast, plus videos, interactive games and more, check out the Neighbors From Hell website, check out the Neighbors From Hell website and remember: SNORFIN! (Seem Normal, Fit In).

Press Release:

TBS Ready to Set Summer on Fire with Original Primetime Animated Series NEIGHBORS FROM HELL

Series from Producers of South Park and Madagascar to Premiere June 7 at 10 p.m.

TBS will turn the heat up this summer with the network’s first original primetime animated series NEIGHBORS FROM HELL, from Fox TV Animation, MoonBoy Animation and producers from South Park and MadagascarMolly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), Will Sasso (MADtv) and Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) provide voices for the hilarious adventures of the devilish Hellman family. NEIGHBORS FROM HELL is slated to surface on TBS Monday, June 7, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

At first look, the Hellmans seem like a typical, all-American suburban family, with Balthazor (Sasso); his wife, Tina (Shannon); their two children, Mandy (Tracey Fairaway) and Josh (David Soren); their dog, Pazuzu (Oswalt); and Uncle Vlaartark (Kyle McCulloch). As it turns out, the Hellmans happen to be from Hell. They have been sent to Earth by Satan with a mission to prevent humans from drilling into their home in the underworld. To complete their mission, they must pose as average, everyday suburbanites. They soon discover that, when it comes to devilish behavior, humans are giving Hell a run for its money.

Making the Hellmans’ task all the more complicated is Balthazor’s congenial affection for humans and their odd but endearing qualities, including his politically incorrect boss Kilbride (Kurtwood Smith – That ‘70s Show) and his Turkish coworker Chevdet (Kyle McCulloch). Balthazor also admires humans’ sense of responsibility toward loved ones and tries to emulate that with his own family.

Tina is not as enamored of the family’s assignment. Having to spend time dealing with suburban housewives, like their intrusive neighbor Marjoe (Dina Waters – Just Like Heaven), isn’t exactly Tina’s idea of fun.   But she does love a good stiff drink.

Josh and Mandy are typical teenagers in Hell, which makes it fairly easy for them to adapt to life on the surface. Uncle Vlartaark spends much of his time trying to satisfy his bizarre appetites. And while Pazuzu is the real brains in the family, he frequently has to play the role of the family pet.

NEIGHBORS FROM HELL comes to TBS from Fox TV Animation and MoonBoy AnimationPam Brady (South Park), who wrote the pilot episode, and Mireille Soria (Madagascar) serve as executive producers.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network.  It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, Neighbors from Hell, Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the late-night hit Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez, and the upcoming late-night series starring Conan O’Brien; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy and The Office; specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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