Picks and Pans Review: Two Marriages
updated 08/22/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/22/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
An American Family meets The Waltons in this four-week dramatic series about a pair of contemporary couples in Iowa. The first family, the Daleys, consists of a dairy farmer, Jim (Tom Mason), his lawyer wife, Ann (Karen Carlson), their son, Willie (Ian Fried), their adopted Vietnamese child, Kim (Tiffany Toyoshima), and the wife's teenage son, Scott (C. Thomas Howell), by a previous marriage. Their good friends are the Armstrongs. Dr. Art Armstrong (Michael Murphy) is more devoted to his patients than to his neglected wife, Nancy (Janet Eilber), his young son, Eric (Kirk Cameron), and their precocious daughter, Shelby (Louanne). Modern problems are the real stars of this show, and the premiere episode explores feminism, marital conflicts and stepfamilies. The cast is excellent, the writing is often incisive. ("No A's, no love," says Scott, summing up his mother's obsession with academic excellence.) ABC should bring on more scenes from these marriages.