Picks and Pans Review: Herndon

updated 08/29/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/29/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (8:30-9 p.m. ET)

This comedy special stars Michael Richards as a nebbishy computer genius (he was probably one of those campus types who carried his slide rule hooked to his belt loop) at a large corporation. Ted McGinley plays Herndon's smooth and sexy assistant. A definite odd couple, they attend their 10th high school reunion where, predictably, Herndon is ignored until he falls prey to a joke by the class floozie. Eventually he gets respect, but viewers get few clever moments, average acting and tiresome slapstick. Like its star, this Garry Marshall-directed sitcom falls flat on its face.

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