Picks and Pans Review: Open All Night

updated 11/30/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/30/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (8-8:30 p.m. ET)

Beleaguered George Dzundza, his ditzy wife, Susan Tyrrell, his nerdy stepson (played to perfection by Sam Whipple) and massive ex-footballer Bubba Smith as the night manager run a 24-hour inner-city grocery that attracts the sort of nocturnal oddballs who make you want to cross the street. Little may be novel on the tube, but this funny new series is at least contemporary and occasionally adult. It deserves a look. (Premiere)

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