Picks and Pans Review: Hardcastle and Mc Cormick

updated 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Brian (Family Affair) Keith is a hard-nosed judge retiring from the bench who forces savvy ex-con Daniel (Cujo) Hugh-Kelly into a crime-fighting partnership to hunt down criminals who have gone free because of legal technicalities. (It sounds suspiciously like the plot of the current Michael Douglas feature, Star Chamber.) In this two-hour series premiere, Keith and Hugh-Kelly stalk a racing-car thief. There is plenty of violence and, of course, the obligatory car crashes and chase scenes. Keith and Hugh-Kelly are convincing and lend credence to an unlikely friendship, but the show is pure escapism. (Premiere)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

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