Creator/{{ABC}} sitcom from Emily Kapnek, formerly of ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' (also created by Kapnek) and ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. The show revolves around sixteen-year-old Tessa Altman and her father, George, who have just moved from [[BigApplesauce New York City]] to the affluent [[StepfordSuburbia suburb]] of Chatswin.

The series takes place not long after Tessa's father does a search and seizure of her bedroom. He searched her room, found an unopened box of condoms (they weren't even hers!), and promptly had a seizure. He decides to get them both away from [[BigApplesauce New York City]] so he can give her a better life. And what better place to get away to than [[StepfordSuburbia suburbia]]?

[[TheSnarkKnight Tessa]] takes this as well as you might expect.

First aired on Creator/{{ABC}} September 28, 2011, and airs on E4 in the UK/Ireland. The show was cancelled in 2014.

The title is rather obviously a {{portmanteau}} of ''suburb'' and ''purgatory''.

The series took some inspiration (mostly the title) from a memoir by Linda Keenan, ''Suburgatory: Twisted Tales from Darkest Suburbia''.

Now has an [[Characters/{{Suburgatory}} incomplete character sheet]].

!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbsenteeActor: Quite common, with only Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy being in all 57 episodes; Cheryl Hines has the next best attendance record, appearing in all but one episode (season three's "Catch And Release").
* AlphaBitch: Dalia Royce.
** Sheila has Alpha Bitch tendencies towards other mothers.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "A siren could mean anything! Arson, murder..." "DOLLS!"
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The show's map suggests Chatswin is either in south-western Connecticut or the adjacent areas of Westchester County. Yet, culturally, it has far more in common with some parts of Long Island or [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] than it does with either Greenwich or Port Chester.
* BerserkButton: Learning that [[spoiler: he's adopted]] causes Ryan to go insane and attack his family in their car, followed up by him questioning the reality of everything around him (such as a light pole and a parking meter)...by punching them
** Concerned about what anger management has done to him, George deliberately tries to trigger Noah's by taking him to a restaurant where the waiter is deliberately being terrible, which doesn't faze him. [[spoiler: He finally breaks out of it when another kid calls his son a "fatass"]]
* BetaCouple: Lisa and Malik
* BigFancyHouse: The Royces' mansion. Their house is so big that apparently some of its area is already in another town, [[WrongSideOfTheTracks East Chatswin]], which at one point, causes them to have their Chatswin privileges taken away, as they're considered the residents of East Chatswin.
* BilingualBonus: While studying for a Spanish test, Tessa asks her dad a question in Spanish. He responds... in French. Neither line is translated.
** Really ''bad'' French, too.
* BittersweetEnding: The show's last episode from Season 3 ends with Tessa and Ryan finally get back together and make out on the street across their houses, despite Ryan still hasn't broken up with his new girlfriend, June, while George and Dallas finally reconciled and hooked up on Malik and Lisa's wedding night, but they don't get back together as a couple.
* BlackSheep: Poor, poor Lisa.
* BookEnds: Season 2's premiere and finale both end with an Altman singing a verse and chorus of the theme song.
* BrainlessBeauty: Ryan Shay.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Listing the types of sex... "...Pity Sex, Party Sex, Pity Party Sex..."
** Dallas discussing places George isn't allowed to go includes "pageants, fashion shows or fashion show pageants"
* CloudCuckooLand: Chatswin.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: one not from Chatswin is Tessa's mom Alex, which, unusually for this trope, is not always played for comedy (for one thing, it is used to emphasize how irresponsible she is)
* CoolDog: Buckles Bitterman is clearly one of those in TheStinger of 3x01.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The latter half of the second season.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tessa. Lisa has her moments too, generally aimed either at Tessa or her mother.
** Dalia has her moment, when Tessa introduces her to undercover narc Josh:
--->'''Dalia:''' "Is Tessa showing you around Losertown?"\\
'''Josh:''' "Well, if ''this'' is Losertown, wouldn't that make ''you'' a loser?"\\
'''Dalia:''' "Oh, wow. Logic."
* TheDitz: Both Dalia and Dallas Royce. Maybe it's genetic?
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: After giving up on seeking approval from her poetry teacher, Tessa ponders why she was so [[MissingMom desperately seeking approval from a withholding older woman who obviously wanted nothing to do with her]].
** Lisa finds a Bionicle action figure hidden in Victors bag when her parents think he's actually a sports fan. He claims that he was holding it for a friend.
* DumbBlonde: A good chunk of the cast. Subverted with some characters like Lisa, Noah, and Jill who aren't dumb but sometimes show a lack of common sense.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Dalia Oprah Royce. It's also telling about her mother...
* EroticEating: By Lisa and Malik in "Down Time".
** George thinks Dallas is flirting with him using this trope but it turns out that it's just how she eats bananas.
** Linda is definitely doing this with her cookies in a video she sends to Fred in ''The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth''.
* {{Expy}}: You could think Dalia is [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]] mixed with Karen, while Dallas is a less embarrassing Mrs George, and Tessa is essentially Cady. However, Tessa is much more aggressive, self-confident and ambitious than Cady, and Dalia is very open-minded for some things and less manipulative. On the other hand, Tessa also has a striking resemblance to Ginger from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'', which was also created by Emily Kapnek.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The oddity of a grown man inviting two minors to his home to talk about sex might [[NotWhatItLooksLike raise some eyebrows]] in other shows (and mind you ''does'' get a mention from some of the characters), but when [[BumblingDad George]] invited Lisa and Malik over to play monopoly ''and'' talk about what they like to do on their dates he was actually trying to suss out what ''Tessa was up to on her date''. There is a [[BlackComedy darkly comedic]] moment when George brings up the topic of sex and both teens look noticeably alarmed.
-->'''Malik''': Um, can I call my mom to come pick me up?
* GirlPosse: The KKK (Kenzie, Kaitlin and Kimantha) for Dalia.
* GranolaGirl: Eden. Scott Strauss is a male version.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Mr Wolfe, before coming out as gay.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Despite her outsider "CoolLoser" status, several boys have shown attraction to Tessa, including desirably guys like [[BigManOnCampus Ryan Shay]] and Dalia's crush, Scott Strauss.
** George was similarly taken with Tessa's redheaded mother, Alex.
* HiddenDepths : Dallas prefers relative poverty to [[spoiler: remaining with a man who cheats on her]].
* HollywoodNerd: Lisa and Malik.
* InsufferableGenius : Tessa, sometimes. [[TakeThatAudience She can't fail class, she's smart !]] Got it ?
* LethalChef: Well, Lethal Smoker, technically, with the "friendship fish" Lisa smoked in her closet with her dad's home smoker. It gives Tessa food poisoning so bad she needs to go to the hospital, as apparently "you're only supposed to smoke fish for four hours, not four weeks."
* LetterMotif: The KKK; Kaitlin, Kenzie and Kimantha.
* LovableJock: Ryan
* MissingMom: Tessa's mother left when she was very young. Lisa's mom Sheila is physically present (in fact, she's a bit of a MyBelovedSmother to Tessa) but obviously doesn't give a crap about Lisa.
* MistakenForGay: Everyone assumes Tessa is a lesbian due to her tomboyish demeanor.
** Tessa and George make the same mistake with the two [[CampStraight VERY campy but married guys]] at the barbecue.
** Then Tessa does it again with an undercover narcotics officer. [[spoiler: Though this is subverted with Mr Wolfe]]
* [[DaddyDidntShow Mommy Didn't Show:]] [[spoiler: Subverted in Season 2's Thanksgiving episode. Alex doesn't show up to Tessa's grandma's apartment where she and Tessa are expecting her... because she showed up in Chatswin where she thought Tessa would be. It ends up working out in the end, though.]]
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: From the Thanksgiving episode:
-->'''Dallas:''' "Friends, family... Steven"
* MyBelovedSmother: Sheila attempts to be this for Tessa (and, when his back gives out, George). Ironically, she doesn't seem to give a crap about her own daughter.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Tessa encounters a bunch of them and joins their band. [[spoiler: Turns out they're a violent cult]]
* NoPronunciationGuide: Is Dalia's name pronounced ''Day''-lia (in season one), or ''Dah''-lia as in "Junior Secretary's Day" (in which, incidentally, [[AbsenteeActor Dalia doesn't appear]]) and other season two episodes?
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Tessa, with Josh, the undercover narc investigating steroid use in the school. Tessa infers that the secret he's keeping is that he's still in the closet, while Josh think she knows he's a narc.
--> '''Josh:''' Oh my God, you do know. You can't out me. Nobody's ever figured it out before.\\
'''Tessa:''' Wouldn't it be better if everyone knew and it was out in the open?\\
'''Josh:''' Are you kidding? That would ruin me. So Ryan is not my guy, is there anybody else worth checking out?\\
'''Tessa:''' I do have the sneaky suspicion of Dave Donsky, school quarterback.\\
'''Josh:''' Got it, I'll sniff around, see what he's into.
* OnlySaneWoman / OnlySaneMan: Tessa. George also qualifies.
* ParentalNeglect: Sheila with Lisa.
* ParentalSubstitute: Sheila attempts to be this to Tessa, much to George's annoyance. Dallas also tries, much to Tessa's annoyance.
** Carmen is one for both Dalia and Noah's son Opus.
* PlayingGertrude: Creator/MalinAkerman (Alex) is 34 years old, only 11 years older than Jane Levy (Tessa).
* PopularIsDumb: Dalia, Kaitlyn, Kenzie, Kimantha, Ryan; pretty much everyone popular in the whole thing.
* ProductPlacement: Tessa spends one episode practically in love with her tablet. Pretty blatant, especially with commercials for tablets during the episode.
* PsychologistTeacher: Subverted; the guidance counselor is as chirpy and clueless as everyone else in town.
* RichBitch: Dalia.
* RunningGag: Tessa and her "lesbian boots" in the pilot episode.
** Dalia attempting to become more Jewish throughout the second season
* ShipTease: Fred reads his wife's diary, where she wrote down an erotic dream of hers involving "George".[[spoiler: turns out she was referring to George Stephanopoulos]]
** [[OfficialCouple George and Dallas]].
** Tessa and Ryan Shay get more and more like this.
* ShoutOut: While Dalia is showing Tessa around school they walk past the Glee club. [[Series/{{Glee}} One of the members is in a wheelchair.]]
** The Tessa / Dalia interaction rings very similar to ''Film/MeanGirls''.
** Tessa's narration in the third episode is also similar to Cady's narration, where the two of them compare the high school and suburbia to the Animal Kingdom.
** Mr Wolfe's reference to undercover narc Josh's presence being "just like 'Series/TheWire'!" is a twofer [[ShoutOut SO]]: first, to ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''; second, Maestro Harrell (who plays Malik) is a real-life [[Series/TheWire Wire]] alumnus.
*** Malik is a snitch. Chalk up one more Randy Wagstaff reference.
** In one episode, George compares his and Dallas's relationship with Scully and Mulder's. At the end of the episode, Dallas is watching ''Series/TheXFiles'', wishing Mulder would kiss her Scully.
** In "Chinese Chicken," Tessa's speech to the football team's girlfriends includes the line "It is 9:30 on a Wednesday night, and there has ''got'' to be something good on (TV)!" No prizes for guessing what's on ABC in that slot...
** One episode (the episode where Tessa runs a closed-circuit TV program at the high school) has a shout out to "The Cancellation Bear" from [=TVByTheNumbers.com=]. The website naturally [[http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/01/17/suburgatory-showrunner-reveals-the-story-behind-the-shows-cancellation-bear-shout-out/230260/ had a whole article dedicated to the shout-out]].
* TheSnarkKnight: Tessa.
* SoundEffectBleep: Subverted in the episode "Thanksgiving":
--> '''Tessa and Dallas:''' That son of a...\\
(car horn as both pause)\\
'''Both:''' BITCH!
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Eerie, Indiana. Minus all the nightmarish surrealism.
* SpoiledSweet: Dallas.
** Ryan initially comes across as a JerkJock but is actually a very sweet person, mainly because he is just too stupid to be mean. He also genuinely cares about people, like Lisa and Tessa.
* StepfordSmiler: Parodied...
* StepfordSuburbia: ...to hell and back!
* StrawFeminist: Paula, aka "The Witch of East Chatswin," is not really an example, but is considered to be by the residents of Chatswin, who view her as a literal witch.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''Dalia''': "Laxatives are not illegal!"
* TakeThat:
--> '''Dalia:''' Tessa, you're reminding me of Creator/TylerPerry right now. You're joking, but you're not funny.\\
'''Tessa:''' I'm not joking! Although I don't disagree about Creator/TylerPerry.
** Another one is when Ryan proposes to Lisa that he defer college for a year so that he can go to whatever school Tessa ends up going to:
--> '''Lisa''': That's not going to work. Tessa's going to attend a school that values a curious mind, creativity, hard work, intellect...whereas you are most likely to attend the University of Florida
* TeensAreShort: For the most part. The major exception is Parker Young as Ryan Shay and even then he's under 6'.
* ThemeTuneCameo: [[spoiler:Written by Tessa's mother.]]
* TheUnFavourite: Lisa. In the third season her parents adopt a new child who has the same interests as Lisa and they still like him more than her.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Dalia gets an epic one while [[ItMakesSenseInContext negotiating with Tessa about whose family gets to go to a particular Chinese restaurant on a particular day]]:
-->'''Dalia''': “We can alternate Mondays. However, if you breach this agreement and trespass on a Monday designated to us, we are entitled to damages including but not limited to one Szechuan Sunday per month. Plus we reserve the right to invoke cloture terminating your Mondays as designated herewith....bitch."
* TokenMinority: Malik, referred to as the "diversity student".
** Mr Wolfe.
* TokenWhite: Dallas was this in her college sorority (which was otherwise all black.)
* [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Trademark Favorite Beverage]]: Sugar-free Red Bull.
* UpperClassTwit: Dallas and most of Chatswin.
* WhamLine: "I'm in love with Carmen"
* WillTheyOrWontThey: George and Dallas, Tessa and Ryan. [[spoiler: TheyDo, though as of the season 2 finale both couples are broken up. For now]]
* YourMum: Dallas once responded to George saying "incorrect use of air quotes" with "Incorrect use of your mamma".