Monsters: Season 1, Episode 22

Satan in the Suburbs (13 May 1989)

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The devil went down to suburbia...
29 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harried single mother Xantipe Finch is overworked and struggling to make ends meet. She is eventually offered assistance from a man who's not exactly the answer to her prayers...

"Satan In the Suburbs" is another comedic entry in the Monsters canon. While Monsters has shown in the past and would continue to show that it could tickle your funny bone when it wanted to, this episode fails miserably in that respect.

First off, this is clearly another monster-less episode. It tries to make up for this by showing Chris Noth and Deborah Strang in monster makeup for five seconds, but it's too little too late. I would have to say this is, hands-down, Chris Noth's worst performance ever. He's not funny, charming, or scary. Thank goodness he had "Law and Order" to improve otherwise Carrie Bradshaw would have never given him the time of day. Deborah Strang is a little better, but not by much.

Despite the title, Chris Noth is not really playing the true prince of darkness. It's made clear that he's just some lackey who wants Xantipe to make his memoirs a success so he can get out of hell. Along the way, he grants demonic powers to her and her son. I can't really understand what the point of this was though. She then threatens to tell on him to the big boss man in an even sillier scene. All of this culminates in a predictable and hokey ending.

I would skip this one unless you're just a huge fan of Chris Noth and want to see some of his humble beginnings.


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