Picks and Pans Review: When Hell Was in Session

updated 10/08/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/08/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (9 p.m. ET)

Hal Holbrook portrays Navy Commander Jeremiah A. Denton Jr., who spent nearly eight years as a POW after his A6 fighter-bomber was shot down over North Vietnam in 1965. It's a grueling role and Holbrook brings it off eloquently.

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