Take a Shopping Spree with ABC’s Suburgatory

by Jennifer Donovan

Last week I was sent a fun little goodie bag with a link to watch an advanced screening of the new ABC half-hour comedy Suburgatory. I’m always up for a fun new comedy, so I checked it out.

The story, as the title suggests, involves 16-year-old Tessa (awesomely played by Jane Levy) whose single Dad (Jeremy Sisto) decides that they need to move out of Manhattan into the ‘burbs. Even though it was his idea, he realizes that they are in for a big adjustment, and of course teen Tessa thinks that the change is awful!

This preview perfectly shows her first impression (and I have to admit that I’ve seen some of this in my own life in the ‘burbs):



It also stars Cheryl Hines, who Janice interviewed last summer. Though she’s a totally over-the-top mom, the closing scene shows that her character is going to bring a lot of heart to the show. I have to admit that as a mom of a young teen girl, I know that it’s hard to straddle that line between wanting to give them everything and setting appropriate limits. I hope it’s a theme that we see more of in episodes to come.

I was hoping that it might be something my young teen and I could watch together. Maybe I’m a little too naive, but it’s not anything that my middle school daughter will be watching, though those teens who are more used to PG-13 and R themes (is there even a difference anymore??) will love it.

There are some mature themes, and though I “get” the satire, I’m not sure that my younger teen has the discernment to get it (She doesn’t watch the musical dramedy that “everyone” else watches either, FYI). I do however think that Suburgatory will be popular with older teens and parents who like satirical comedy.

WATCH Suburgatory Wednesdays on ABC at 8:30/7:30 central. It starts this week, September 28.

If you missed the first episode, for a limited time you can watch it by visiting www.abc.com/suburgatoryscreening and entering access code: ta2wFhnlv

Win a $100 Visa Cash Card

Guess what? We want to give you a Suburgatory shopping spree. You can do just like Tessa, Dalia and Dallas did in the premiere and head to the mall with a $100 Visa cash card. Just leave a comment here if you’d like to win (U.S. shipping addresses only).

This giveaway will end at midnight October 7, 2011 and a winner will be chosen at random and posted on October 8. See our site’s terms and conditions for more information.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Jennifer Thomas September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Of course I want to win!

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2 Steph Lancione September 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

My birthday is coming up so this would be lovely :)

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3 Katie September 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I would like to win!

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4 TawndaM September 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

That would be GREAT! I’d love to win!

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5 Lisa Bermudez ( September 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I would adore a $100 Visa Gift Card ;)

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6 Lachelle B September 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

A shopping spree? Count me in!

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7 Jenn September 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Who wouldn’t want to win a $100 gift card :) That would sure be a blessing around here!

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8 Selena September 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I would love to win a $100 to shop with!!

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9 Jackie September 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I’d LOVE to win!! :)

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10 Barbara Manatee September 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I sure could use $100 gift card for some new clothes! I just lost 25 lbs and need some new, fun, skinny clothes!

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11 Stacie September 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I could sure use a shopping spree!!!

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12 Melissa S September 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

This would be great!

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13 Terra Heck September 28, 2011 at 6:30 am

I’m going to watch the premiere of this show tonight. It looks good. Please count me in to win.
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14 Melissa P. September 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

I could definitely use a shopping spree. : )

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15 emily September 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

A shopping spree would be great!

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16 LaTersa Blakely September 28, 2011 at 7:38 am

Yes, I would love to win

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17 Tabitha Blue September 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

Great review! Made me want to check out the pilot, but I agree… looks like it’s for older teens. I would love the giveaway though!!

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18 Jessica September 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

I desperately need some new clothing. This would help tremendously!

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19 Shari September 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

I’ve been looking forward to this show! And wow, what a great giveaway. Would sure come in handy this Christmas. :)

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20 Mami2jcn September 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’d love to win! This show looks funny.

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21 Linda Stewart September 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

Because it’s time conflicts with Survivor, my DVR is set and ready for this new show. I am anxious to see if it’s all that I’ve heard it would be.

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22 Carole M September 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

The show sounds cute! Also, I’d like to win a visa gift card! Thanks!

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23 LaVonne September 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’d love to win this. Just in time before the holidays! :)

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24 Kathy Stevenson September 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

I want to win!!!

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25 Suzanne September 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm

What a great idea for a show. I’m sure my older teen girls and I will have so much fun with it. Oh, and of course I’d love to win!

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26 Gina September 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I would love to win!! This would be such a gift :)

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27 nan September 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

would love it
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28 Beth September 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I would love to win!

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29 Erin September 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Enter me!!

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30 sandra September 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

i’d like to win!

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31 kristin September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

haven’t seen the show yet, hoping to win!

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32 Marisa September 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

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33 Dexie September 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Going to watch this tonight. It’s like a mixture of Desperate Housewives and Modern Family. Thanks for the contest :)

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34 Liz September 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I would LOVE to win!

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35 JUNE September 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Who doesn’t love shopping? I know I do.

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36 vlbelk September 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I would love to win this for my kids

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37 Idaho Jill September 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Saw my 1st preview of this last night – it looks funny; will have to check it out! and yes, I’d love to win $100, too! :)

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38 Elisabeth September 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I would LOVE to win! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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39 Christine Jensen September 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I would love to win

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40 Wehaf September 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’d love to win! And I’m tickled that they used a Ting TIngs song in the ad!

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41 Deb September 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I am watching the show tonight, Love the commercials, it looks like such a good show. I would be in shock if I had 100.00 to spend. I would have to really think about what I wanted the most! I would love to experience it though!!

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42 Bean September 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Gosh, I would first have to pick myself up off the floor if I had a Visa card for $100.00 to spend. I bet I could do it though, ha ha. I am looking forward to watching the show.

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43 Amy September 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm

the show is on tonight and I am ready to see it. I would certainly buy new shoes and a new outfit. I am a bargain shopper so I could make that money go a very long way!

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44 Stacey September 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Love the commercial for the show. I would love to go shopping with a pre paid Visa. Sounds like a wonderful thing to me! My birthday is coming up soon, so maybe I could be stingy and buy for myself.

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45 Nell September 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Would love to see the show. Would love to spend 100.00 too!!

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46 nicole September 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

would love to win! thanks for the chance!

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47 Jennifer Marie September 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I would love to win-what a great giveaway! :)

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48 Anita Yancey September 29, 2011 at 9:26 am

Sounds really good. I would love to win. Please enter me. Thanks!

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49 Kim September 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Funny show, watched on Dvr this morning as I sat and drank my sugar free red bull :)… Would love a shopping spree!

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50 mrsshukra September 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I DVR’d the show, please count me in!

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51 melissa n September 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

i’d love to win! i’m post baby, and need clothes :) lol

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52 Linda Kish September 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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53 Angela Maas September 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I’d definitely love to to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

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54 Melissa September 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I need a shopping spree!

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55 Angela September 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

This sounds great! Thanks for the chance!

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56 shelly September 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

Shopping spree? What are those? lol I will have to go back and watch this episode since I had my son with me and it wasn’t really appropriate for his age group. Thanks 4 the chance. I would love to go shopping!

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57 melissa September 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

i would love to win! thanks for the great giveaway!

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58 Jaclyn Beveridge September 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

Oh I so could use a shopping spree. Single mom of 3 and as most moms know, we have no time for ourselves. A little TLC would be nice and welcomed

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59 Jennifer C September 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I could definately use a shopping spree. I gave birth to my second child in March 2010 and then found out a few months later that I was pregnant with number 3 who was born exactly 1 year and 2 days after his sister. I didn’t even have a chance to make it out of my maternity clothes for more than a couple weeks before I ended up right back in them. So my wardrobe is serverely lacking at the moment and fall and winter are coming in fast!

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60 nancy October 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

really need to go a shopping spree, my shirts are getting old & holey!

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61 Krista October 1, 2011 at 2:14 am

If I would like to win??? :) Sadly, this will probably go to outfitting my growing children as I’m back in the maternity clothes boat and don’t really want to spend too much $$ on that!

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62 ShootingStarsMag October 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I’d love to win, thanks for the chance!

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63 Grandma Debby October 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I watched the show last week and it is great. Seems so real. I would love to be real and go shopping with that gift card

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64 Amy October 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Loved the show. Don’t know if I would love the neighborhood though! But I would love to use the gift card!!

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65 Angel S. October 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I watched the show and loved the ending gesture! Love a chance to win

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66 Ali October 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

That is a very good show. The actors are just as good. It would be good to win too!

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67 katklaw777 October 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

Luv to win!!!
I watched the show…it was soooooooooooo sweet when the other Mom bought her that glorious bra. Every woman should have a spree to buy themselves a treat like that once in a while. I wish we could all win a spree!

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68 Judy S October 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I would be so happy to win. This show looks great.

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69 June October 4, 2011 at 7:26 am

I watched this show the other day, thought it was pretty funny!

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70 Rondah October 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I’ve never seen the show.. but I’d love to be entered to win!!
rjs682 at yahoo dot com

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71 Ryana October 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I would love to win

ryanac32 at yahoo dot com

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72 Courtney October 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Would love love love a shopping spree! Woot woot!

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73 Rondah October 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

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74 Claudia Mcgee October 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

thanks so much for the chance !

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75 Debby October 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Love the show. The cast is wonderful and play their parts well. I would love to go shopping too

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76 HappyMomC October 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Would so love to win!

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77 Missy October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I’d love to win!

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78 semi-crunchy momma October 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Would LOVE to win this!!!

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79 Staci A October 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

We’d love to win! Thanks for the chance to enter!

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80 Sarah Sheppard October 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I absolutely love Suburgatory. It’s not exactly like my high school days, but I love the supporting cast and characters (especially Alan Tudyk).

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81 Rhonda October 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Too good to not enter! Love the show!

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