Picks and Pans Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

updated 04/30/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/1979 01:00AM

CBS (9 p.m. ET)

A distinguished, mostly black cast—including Esther Rolle, Diahann Carroll, Roger L Mosley, Madge Sinclair and Ruby Dee—admirably translates Maya Angelou's powerful memoir about the Depression-era South. Youngsters Constance Good and John M. Driver II are nicely undersentimentalized as a brother and sister trying to cope with being black 40 years BR (before Roots).

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

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