The Neighbors is an American television science fiction sitcom, airing on ABC on Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c in the 2012–2013 television season. The series, created by Dan Fogelman, who also serves as co-producer with Chris Koch, Jeff Morton, and Aaron Kaplan, is being produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment. On October 29, 2012, The Neighbors was given a full-season order.
The series, set in New Jersey, revolves around a family that has relocated to a gated townhouse community called “Hidden Hills”. Upon their arrival, they discover that the entire community is populated by residents from another planet. These aliens have adopted as their own the names of sport celebrities, receive nourishment through their eyes and mind by reading books rather than eating, and cry out green goo from their ears. Since the aliens have assumed human form, they can also revert to their original appearances by clapping their hands above their heads. They have been stuck on Earth for 10 years, still awaiting instructions to return home.
The Neighbors premiered at 9:30 pm on September 26, 2012 on ABC after Modern Family before moving to its regular time slot at 8:30 pm after The Middle, the following week. In Canada, it will air on Saturday at 10:00 pm on CTV network in the fall of 2012 after the Crimetime Saturday block.