The first episode of the new CBS series starring Cedric the Entertainer aired on Monday night.
Cedric plays Calvin Butler, a 50-year-old African-American man who is negative about many things, including white people. Butler is upset when an upbeat white couple move into his traditionally black neighborhood.
"Calvin Butler follows firmly in the footsteps of Archie Bunker ["All in the Family"] and George Jefferson ["The Jeffersons"], bringing both honesty and humor to his role," PTC states. "Even more admirable is "The Neighborhood's" message: given the divisions in society today — over politics, race, and nearly everything else — America desperately needs a show that proves we can all get along ... especially one that teaches its message of tolerance and mutual respect with humor."
PTC states that the show provides an "important message" that will serve as a "teaching moment" for parents.