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Baby Bob (2002)
Lame, even by mid-season replacement standards
What Joely Fisher, Adam Arkin, Holland Taylor and Elliott Gould are doing in this fifth-rate "Look Who's Talking" knock-off is anybody's guess. If you think about it, "Look Who's Talking" had 2 sequels that sucked big time. How much more did "Baby Bob" producers think they could wring out of that formula? If you think I am dissing this show without reason, tell that to CBS, who mercifully cancelled the series early on. For those who disagree with my opinion, CBS is running un-aired episodes this summer. Have fun!
Sure this wasn't the greatest show on TV, but it seemed that those opposed to it (because of it "racial insensitivity") just wanted to get TV air time. The sole African American character (Chi McBride) the most intelligent! And the show tried to to meld well-worn characters into modern (albeit crude) comedy. By contrast the newer "Still Standing" (with Jami Gertz) is TOTALLY unfunny, and even rips off entire scenes (and plot lines) from another unfunny "hit" show ("Yes, Dear"). Maybe it's because I like history, but I can't believe this was off the air faster than any of those endless "Friends" clones.
The kind of show that is sorely needed today.
This was a hilarious late 80's sitcom set in an African American church. While the setting (and atmosphere) seem to lead to all the trappings of religious cliches, this show was actually funny. Maybe it helped that Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) lead a strong, multi-talented cast. This included Jester Hairston (Rolly), Roz Ryan (Sister Amelia), Clifton Davis (Reverend Gregory) and my favorite, Anna Maria Horsford (Thelma Frye). She goes down as my favorite supporting actress in an 80's sitcom. Too often shows where religion is an underlying theme come off as preachy. "Amen" proved you could be truly funny while also being religious. Now THAT'S a faith-based initiative.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Good comedy and effects ...in the 'Tales From the Crypt' mold
An all-star comedy with Oscar winning visual effects is almost certain to be more style than substance. But on that "Tales From the Crypt" level, this film is awesome, complete with A-list talent (including director Robert Zemeckis).
Too Close for Comfort (1980)
WHAT A RUSH
Finally Ted Knight got a hit show, the last Mary Tyler Moore alum to do so. While hardly top-notch, this sitcom was nonetheless a great 80s memory for me. Sure Jim J. Bullock was annoying as hell, but Ted Knight was good for a chuckle as Henry Rush, and watching his two on-screen daughters jiggle around didn't hurt either. The only drawback is that I now always refer to the memory of Ted's on-screen wife as "Murual" ...and only recently realized the actress had a real name: Nancy Dassault. And that theme song is just oh-so-80s.
Hollow Man (2000)
maybe as a FREE rental
This predictable, poorly written sci-fi thriller succeeds only in wasting a good cast. It lifts most of it's premise from a 1990 low-budget sci-fi flick called "Shadowzone", down to the escape route. I gave Hollow Man a 2 only because its special effects were so good. But after a while, even that gets old (as the plot becomes more and more ridiculous). I mean c'mon, I saw this in the theater and the scenes meant to cause horror (like an invisible Kevin Bacon terrorizing a young woman in her apartment) provoked laughter instead. And why the hell was William Devane even cast?? He was given absolutely NOTHING to do. Makes you long for "Knots Landing". Not like you shouldn't watch this, but if you do, you should be looking for crap to begin with.