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“The Neighbors” is welcoming two sitcom legends in guest-starring roles. Reginald VelJohnson — formerly Carl Winslow of “Family Matters” — and Meredith Baxter — Elyse Keaton on “Family Ties” — will make an appearance on the show’s Thanksgiving episode.

But who will these comedy parents play? They will play parents, of course. They’re the parents of Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), to be exact (as reported by This means that the characters will a) be aliens and b) be really super weird.

That’s only to be expected on a show about aliens living in a gated suburb (adjacent to a golf course) in New Jersey. When the human Weaver family moves in, they get the honor of explaining the world to the athlete-named Zabrovnians. The results are interesting at best.

VelJohnson and Baxter are not the first alien parents to come for a visit. George Takei (“Star Trek”) guest-starred as Larry Bird’s (Simon Templeman) father in the first season finale episode.

“The Neighbors” airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.