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It’s a beautiful day in suburbia where mild-mannered bachelor Harold Thompson is happily at work in his basement building the perfect family. But when a young couple moves in next door, Harold sets his sights on the sexy young wife. In a sunshine world of picket fences and manicured lawns, is it ever possible to know what gruesome plans are percolating in the minds of your neighbors?

Most, if not everybody, remember George Wendt as the lovable wisecracking barfly on Cheers. I know I do. Even outside of the sitcom character he’s well known for, Wendt exuded a kind of lovable, cuddly charm that you would liken to your favorite uncle…or at least your metaphorical ideal of a favorite uncle.

So it comes as no surprise, really, that George Wendt’s character in the Masters Of Horror episode “Family” comes off as a lovable, friendly suburban neighbor type…who’s chillingly psychotic. In an Ed Gein sort of way. Not that he wears other people’s skins, but…well, that would be giving things away, here.

What I will say is this: George Wendt pulls off his character wonderfully in “Family”. He plays it as ideal Norman Rockwell-esque nice guy neighbor, which makes things even more disturbing. The story is played out nicely, the twist at the end rather effective with the overall tone of the episode having that delicious “something’s not quite right here” feel.

So far, I’ve been very impressed with the Masters Of Horror series, and “Family” is a great suburban Gothic tale.