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The Neighbors

Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) just wants the best for his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz), and their three kids. That's why he's moving them to Hidden Hills, New Jersey, a gated community complete with its own golf course. Marty is certain that their new home will be a dream come true. And then, they meet the neighbors. . . . aliens from the planet Zabvron - and the Weavers are the first humans they've ever met.

The residents of Hidden Hills are a little. different. The Weavers have barely unpacked when 20 of their new neighbors show up in the driveway, standing in a triangle formation, each holding an identical cherry pie. Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) introduces himself as the "leader" of the community. Then he presents his wife, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), and their two sons (yes, they're named after famous athletes - Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson). As Debbie and Marty frantically try to make sense of the weird neighbors - European? A cult? Amish athletes? - they discover that the entire Hidden Hills community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron. 'Turns out the Zabvronians have been holed up in Hidden Hills for the past 10 years, awaiting instructions from back home, and the Weavers are the first humans who have ever lived among them.

At first the Weavers are ready to cut and run. But the aliens seem harmless enough. And there is a lot of closet space. So they decide to stay and help their new neighbors adapt to life on this confusing planet we call home. But as the Weavers and the aliens face the struggles of everyday life together, they discover that some things - the ups and downs of marriage, the desire to be a good parent and raise a happy family - are universal, intergalactic even. And the Weavers realize they've found an ally in the family next door. even if they do cry out of their ears.

The Neighbors
  • RTÉ Two, Tuesday, 7.30pm