A single dad Georgeand his 16 years old daughter move out of New York and get a cultural shock when they move into the suburbs.
Tessa is horrified when she finds herself unexpectedly attracted to her exact opposite, her jock suburban neighbor, and George is pressured by the town to throw the perfect barbecue.
George joins the PTA and quickly becomes well-liked by the other moms, but in the process former PTA queen bee Sheila Shay starts to feel threatened. Meanwhile Tessa joins the school newspaper and helps Malik revamp it into a tabloid-style paper.
Tessa is excited to see some action in the suburbs when Sheila Shay's Shirley Temple doll collection is stolen, but not so thrilled at the consequences - Dallas and Dalia are afraid of being burglarized so they crash at the Altmans'.
Tessa channels her inner "suburban girl" for a Halloween costume, but it ends up spooking her friends and everyone at school since she reminds them of a recently "departed" resident of Chatswin.
Irritated by all the cafeteria waste at school, Tessa motivates the student body to get involved with giving back. Unfortunately their charity of choice involves helping residents of Florida improve their complexions. When Tessa introduces a homeless transsexual to the student body as part of a lesson, they decide that Tessa is really the person in need.
When Tessa tells Dallas that she wants a simple get together for her sixteenth birthday, Dallas convinces her to let Dalia plan the ultimate birthday extravaganza at the country club, complete with a live performance by her favorite band, specialty drinks and go-go cages.
Tessa can't stand the thought of spending Thanksgiving in the 'burbs so Dallas takes Tessa for a day in the city. While out having fun, they come across George making out with a woman even though he said he'd be working. Tessa angrily confronts George about his lying at the Royces' Thanksgiving dinner.
Tessa decides to reunite George and Zoe because she blames herself for their breakup, but George is captivated by Aimee, Tessa's art teacher. Getting into the spirit of the holidays, George throws a tree trimming party where he finds himself under the mistletoe with a special someone.
When Tessa gets her driver's license, Dalia hires her to drive her around to stalk her crush, Scott Strauss. As a result Tessa realizes that she and Scott might have feelings for each other. Meanwhile George and Noah's relationship is put to the test when George decides he wants to join the local country club.
When Tessa is asked to show new guy Josh Sherman around school, she becomes convinced that he's gay, when in fact he's an undercover narcotics officer. Lisa becomes deeply infatuated with Josh, and Tessa inadvertly convinces Mr. Wolfe to make special announcement to the student body. Meanwhile George re-evaluates his relationship with Dallas.
When George wins an all expenses paid trip to Atlantic City, he enlists Noah, Fred, Tom and Alex, and it turns into a getaway with the guys. During their trip they run into Steven Royce (who is supposed to be in Singapore), and they help Fred cope with his gambling problem. Meanwhile Tessa tries to get some alone time with Scott Strauss.
Tessa enjoys rubbing it in Dalia's face that Scott Strause chose her over Dalia. However the closer Tessa gets to Scott, the more nervous George becomes. When George discovers a box of XXL condoms that Lisa has given Tessa, he becomes obsessed and starts planning game night with her friends in hopes of keeping her at home more. Meanwhile Tessa soon discovers that the more time she spends with Scott, the less attracted to him she is.
When Tessa realizes that she\'s failing gym class, she decides to run for student body president in hopes of changing Chatswin High\'s obsession with sports. During the election, Lisa steps in as Tessa\'s campaign manager against Kenzie and Kaitlyn. Meanwhile, Ryan is injured during a wrestling match and finds himself mourned by his family, and George takes Ryan under his wing and introduces him to people who have moved forward from setbacks.
When Jill turns to the newly single Dallas for inspiration and support, her marriage to Noah goes on the rocks. Meanwhile Dallas begins spending a lot of time with her hot younger boyfriend, Yoni, which causes tension with George, and Dalia befriends Lisa to get back at Tessa for dating Scott Strauss - so Tessa decides to take action and recruits Kimantha to make Dalia jealous.
When Fred and Sheila strike up a croquet match with Dallas and George, Fred misreads Sheila\'s interest in George. Fred tells George that Sheila is fantasizing about him and asks him to seduce her. Meanwhile Tessa desperately wants to impress the new poetry teacher, Ms. Evans, but she seems to prefer Dalia\'s prose.
When George picks Tessa up late from school she decides to get a job working for Dallas in order to buy her own wheels. Meanwhile Dallas invites her sorority sisters to stay with her in order to celebrate the opening of her store, A Crystal Cup of Crystals; however her rival sorority sister, Tulsa, decides to crash the party,
Dallas\' divorce becomes final and concerned George takes her along with Noah on a mattress shopping trip. While Dalia has a breakthrough in therapy, Lisa and Malik try to set up Tessa.
When George meets Eden at the Chatswin Farmer's Market, there is an immediate attraction and he finds himself smitten with her and her healthy eating habits. Meanwhile, Yakult goes missing and it's up to Tessa and Dalia to find her, and Noah and Jill make a surprising announcement.
George decides to introduce Eden to Tessa but she\'s engrossed with her job at Crystal Cup of Crystals. Eden is inundated by Sheila\'s interfering and Noah\'s domineering behavior regarding her relationship with George.
Eden has come to live with George and Tessa which requires some adjustments. Noah's relationship with Eden is hampered by Sheila. Malik and Lisa try to figure out which camp they should attend.
Tessa feels a void as Chatswin celebrates mothers; Dalia goes to Israel without Dallas; Eden reacts to a baby shower's theme.