Picks and Pans Review: Family Playhouse: When We First Met

updated 02/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

HBO (Monday, March 5, 4 p.m. ET)

HBO premieres a series of stories with a moral—in the mold of ABC's After school Specials—-with one more twist on the ol' Romeo and Juliet theme. Amy Linker falls in love with Andrew Sabiston, but their parents object because his drunken-driver mother killed Amy's sister. "Who cares about our last names?" the boy protests. "It's what we feel that matters." There's the moral. The show has some nice touches of adolescent love—though too many lonely walks on the beach. The premise is overdramatic, but the production, thankfully, is not.

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