Last fall, we were among the lucky few who got to attend a screening of the pilot of the new TV series created by notorious actor/director/producer/screenwriter/chicken impersonator/alleged vampire Tommy Wiseau. The Neighbors, Wiseau's long in gestation followup to cult classic The Room, had all the shrieking amateur acting and terrible production values fans could have hoped for. And now, you can finally feast your eyes on the show that makes The Room look like Eyes Wide Shut in comparison.
During the screening, Wiseau implored fans to write to television networks to encourage them to pickup the show; he promised that if it didn't happen, he would still show the pilot in theaters. But it seems he (sort of) got his wish, because Hulu Plus added the first four episodes of The Neighbors this week. You can watch them all here.
Here is the Hulu description of the show:
"The Neighbors" is a sitcom about the relationship between a group of neighbors who live in an apartment building. The lead character is Charlie, the manager of the building. The tenants are a diverse group of personalities, all of different ages and backgrounds, constantly bringing their problems to charlie and his secretary / girlfriend Bebe. The character of Princess Penelope creates a commotion after she witnesses the ghost of her uncle Prince Charles. It is a fresh and humorous look at human behavior through different points of view. This cocktail of characters always guarantees plenty of surprises. The demographic is all inclusive.
The demographic is all inclusive indeed.
Hulu Plus costs $9/month, and we can't in good faith say that The Neighbors alone is necessarily worth that—having said that, if you are a fan of The Room, it is totally worth it to see the latest missive straight from Wiseau's brain (note: if you haven't seen The Room and appreciate movies that are transcendent in their terribleness, please go see THAT immediately).
You can read our full review of The Neighbors pilot here, but some important highlights:
- Literally every scene feels like it could be the start of a porno
- Wiseau plays two characters, including one who ends every scene by saying, "Oh what a day!" and one who is dressed up like a human Converse sneaker, and...collects drug money, or something.
- Characters wear Tommy Wiseau-emblazoned underwear.
- The Neighbors has its own scenic b-roll, complete with techno music, it cuts to between EVERY scene.
- There is a lot of cleavage: the camera constantly zooms in on their breasts, or starts shots centered on their breasts.
- The sound mix of the pilot was garbage that made it hard to hear certain characters (and made the shrieking incredibly hard to take).
- There is an actual chicken living in the building.
For more Wiseau fun, check out a CNN interview with him and Greg Sistero from 2011 below.