The People Next Door

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For the 1996 television film, see The People Next Door (1996 film). For the 1970 film, see The People Next Door (1970 film). For the 1968 CBS Playhouse film, see The People Next Door (1968 film).
The People Next Door
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Wes Craven
Bruce Wagner
Written by Wes Craven
Madeline Sunshine
Steven Sunshine
Bud Wiggins
Bruce Wagne
Directed by J.D. Lobue
Starring Jaclyn Bernstein
Mary Gross
Jeffrey Jones
Leslie Jordan
Christina Pickles
Chance Quinn
Jackie Swanson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5 (plus 5 unaired)
Cinematography Richard Hissong
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Lorimar Television
Original channel CBS
Original run September 18, 1989 (1989-09-18) – October 16, 1989 (1989-10-16)

The People Next Door is an American situation comedy which aired briefly on CBS as part of its Fall 1989 schedule.


Set in Covington, Ohio, The People Next Door starred Jeffrey Jones, previously regarded as a character actor, as cartoonist Walter Kellogg, a man whose imagination was so vivid that many of the things which he imagined materialized immediately. His wife Abigail was portrayed by Saturday Night Live alumna Mary Gross. They had two children, and Abigail's sister "Cissy" (Christina Pickles) was also a regular, as was meddlesome mailman Truman Fipps (Leslie Jordan). The character of Debbie was played by Jackie Swanson.

The series proved to be a Nielsen ratings disaster and was cancelled after only five episodes had aired.

Episode titles[edit]

Title Airdate
1 "I Do, I Do" 1989-09-18
2 "Town Without Pity" 1989-09-25
3 "Dream Date" 1989-10-02
4 "You Show Me Yours..." 1989-10-09
5 "Happy Birthday, Baby" 1989-10-16
6 "Halloween" --
7 "Make Room for Abby" --
8 "Jealousy Story" --
9 "House and Home" --
10 "No ZZZ's" --


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