The Neighborhood is an American sitcom that airs on CBS and first premiered on October 1, 2018. The series is produced by Patrick Kienlen. He has previously produced shows like Marry Me and Community. The creator of the series Jim Reynolds has previously written and produced multiple episodes of the hit show The Big Bang Theory.
The show takes a different approach to show us all the troubles that brew in a neighbourhood, from racial misunderstandings to misunderstandings that are part and parcel of daily life. The show has been praised for its unique approach towards humour.
The star and Executive Producer Cedric thinks that other than the concept, what makes the show interesting is its comedy. “When I started to get involved, I thought the main thing that was missing was the actual point of view of the black guy,” he said.”[Jim] had a point of view moving into a black neighbourhood, but didn’t have the point of view of the other side… if you get that point of view, you get more into the human side, the relationship side, and what it takes to live in harmony with someone next door to you—white, black, or otherwise.” The crew also said that the racial and social issues that we see around us today are also something that they strive to focus on.
The Neighborhood Cast: Who’s in it?
The cast is lead by Cedric the Entertainer who stars as Calvin Butler. Calvin is described as “the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves his family into a tough neighbourhood in LA”. Cedric Antonio Kyles who is popularly known as Cedric the Entertainer has previously starred in sitcoms like The Steve Harvey Show and Barbershop. He also has a long-spanning career in voice acting. He is known for his voice-work in Ice Age, the Madagascar film series, Charlotte’s Web and the Planes franchise. Max Greenfield stars as Dave Johnson who is Gemma’s husband. He is the next-door neighbour of Calvin in Los Angeles.
Beth Behrs plays the role of Gemma Johnson, Dave’s wife. Behrs is an acclaimed actress who has multiple People’s Choice Awards nominations. She received them for portraying Caroline Channing in the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls. She also had a minor role in The Big Bang Theory starring as Nell in the episode The Separation Triangulation.
Tichina Arnold plays the role of Tina Butler, Calvin’s wife and the mother of his two children. Arnold has starred in multiple sitcoms before appearing in this show. She is best known for playing Pamela “Pam” James in the Fox sitcom Martin. Additionally, she has starred as Rochelle in Everybody Hates Chris and as Judi Mann in the TV Land original Happily Divorced. She has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy and Teen Choice Awards, winning the latter. Some actors who star in guest roles are Maurice LaMarche, Gary Anthony Williams, and Juliette Goglia, to name a few.
Most of the main cast members are expected to return for season 2.
The Neighborhood Plot: What is it about?
The show revolves around Dave Johnson, who has to relocate to Los Angeles because of his wife Gemma’s new profession. Gemma starts her job as a school principal while her husband tries to get friendly with everyone in the neighborhood. Dave soon realises that he’s in a difficult situation when he finds out that most of the citizens are African-American. While his wife gets busy with her work in the school, Dave tries to build a relationship with his neighbors, but the neighbors see this as a cultural conflict because of his ethnicity.
However, one of the neighbors, although repulsive at first, starts to see Dave in a different light than the others. This neighbor is Calvin Butler, a man who is a slave to his traditions and has an opinion about everything. Calvin’s wife, a gracious woman, is very welcoming to the Johnsons. She thinks that the Johnsons might be good for the community by adding a diverse flair to the neighborhood.
Calvin’s sons also try to gel with their new neighbours. The younger son Marty shares her mothers view as he sees the settling down of the Johnsons will open up new possibilities for both the communities. The elder son Malcolm who is finding it hard to get a job, tries to connect with Dave. He believes that Dave may be able to help him get out of this tough spot. The main question that the show poses to its viewers is whether Dave will get around to adjusting to life in the new neighborhood. The season ends as Dave understands that if he builds a brotherly bond with Calvin, then it’s the only way by which he can make the new neighborhood his home.
Season 2 might continue focussing on Dave and the changing dynamics between him and his neighbors.
The Neighborhood Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
The Neighborhood season 1 premiered on October 1, 2018. As the viewership numbers of the first season turned out to be positive, CBS ordered a second season in January 2019. The Neighborhood Season 2 is all set to release on September 23, 2019. Are you excited?
The Neighborhood Trailer
Check out the promo for The Neighborhood Season 2 below.