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Series / The Neighbors (2015)

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The Neighbors is a series about an apartment building filled with various eccentric tenants. Sounds like standard sitcom fare... until you realize that it's written by, directed by, and starring Tommy Wiseau, the same man behind the infamously bad film The Room. Many of its hallmarks can be seen in the series, including awkward dialogue, stilted acting, and scenes that go absolutely nowhere. Add to that terrible sound quality, even lower production standards, and multiple instances of what seem to be either improvised lines or outtakes that were left in, it ends up being one of the more surreal experiences this side of Tim & Eric—and it's hard to tell how much of that is intentional.

The pilot was shown along with The Room in late 2014, and the series premiered on Hulu in March of 2015. Not to be confused with the 2012 sci-fi series, the Australian soap opera Neighbours, several films with a similar title, or the short-lived 70s game show hosted by Regis Philbin.

This series provides examples of:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The Tommy Wiseau-brand underwear the characters wear is often taken to be a Bland-Name Product of Tommy Hilfiger underwear. In fact, Wiseau really does have his own underwear brand, so it's more of a Product Placement.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: "What a day; That's what Charlie would say," said by Ricky Rick in episode four. It's hard to tell if it was intended to be a borrowed catch phrase or if Wiseau simply forgot which character he was and said it before covering himself.
    • Bebe also uses this catch phrase in one episode.
  • Catch-Phrase: "What a day!"
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "I heard you got a gun for free and you didn't pay anything?"
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Bebe used to call her sister "Sloppy Susie" when they were kids.
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  • Establishing Shot: The exact same shot—that of the outside of the apartment building while a synth riff plays—is used for every single scene transition.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Patricia
  • Manchild: Ricky Rick
  • Ms. Fanservice: Some of the female cast members wear bikinis, showing off their bodies and cleavage.
  • No Indoor Voice: Troy for starters. Cici takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Philadelphia is obsessed with the color pink. (Her television is even hastily painted pink)
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The 1812 Overture, used as the opening theme.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Troy when he pays rent by cash to Charlie and Bebe: "100! 200! 300!"
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Room. People greet each other with the infamous "Oh hai!", an obsession with sports (football and basketball), a case of Dawson Casting (Denny and Ricky Rick), subplots involving drugs and significant characters suddenly disappearing (Peter and Charlie).
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  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tim likes ice cream.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Tommy Wiseau's accent, of course. Still as impossible to place as it has always been.