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TV Series Review

Ah, parents. They're great, aren't they? Just great. Greaaat. We love them. We learned so much from them. We'd do anything for them.

But when we become adults ourselves, is it really so great to live with them?

Admittedly, Josh doesn't live with his parents anymore, but he's doing the next best (?) thing: living right next door. The unemployed actor—fresh off the cancellation of his show Blind Cop—has moved back into his old New York City abode in apartment 9K. His parents live in 9J. Oh, and his brother and sister-in-law? They're in 9L.

Yep, they're all one big happy family again—literally right down the hall from one another. The only thing they don't share is the family bathroom.

But give 'em time.

The Annoying Tenants Next Door

It's not that Josh's parents are bad people. They're deeply caring. Loving. Doting, even.

And therein lies the rub: Mother Judy would still make Josh peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches if she could—cutting off the crust to boot. Father Harry is quick on the trigger with unsolicited advice or the occasional dad joke. They both love their son soooo much! But for Josh—a divorcée looking to rebound in the romance department—their love can be a little … constraining.

Then (speaking of awkward relationships), there's Josh's brother/neighbor, Andrew. Yes, he and Josh love each other as only brothers can, and that means plenty of jealousy and misunderstandings. Eve, Andrew's wife, can be a mitigating influence at times. But she has her own problems to deal with. Judy routinely sticks her at the end of family photos in case Eve and Andrew ever get divorced, making it that much easier to crop her out if the need arises.

Bad Neighbors

9JKL is apparently loosely based on star Mark Feuerstein's real life experiences living next to his own parents while working on USA's airy dramedy Royal Pains, but with one major difference: Feuerstein was married at the time, to 9JKL's co-creator, Dana Klein. The character Josh is, as mentioned, single. And that status opens the show up to some potential pitfalls.

It's not that the TV-PG 9JKL is egregiously salacious. But Josh's dating habits and potential sexual escapades are well within bounds here. Physical relations between Josh's married neighbors are likely to make a cameo on occasion, too. In addition, the show can sport a bit of foul language—mild, certainly, by today's standards, but still very much in play. And frankly, the show isn't even all that funny.

But all that said, 9JKL does reinforce a truth that most of us know but a few of us sometimes forget: Family—as aggravating and exasperating as its members can sometimes be—is a wonderful, even beautiful thing.

Especially if you live maybe a ZIP Code or two away.

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9JKL: Dec. 11, 2017 "Set Visit"



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Mark Feuerstein as Josh; David Walton as Andrew; Liza Lapira as Eve; Matt Murray as Nick; Albert Tsai as Ian; Linda Lavin as Judy; Elliott Gould as Harry






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Paul Asay

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