Picks and Pans Review: People Are Funny

updated 04/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Saturdays, 9 p.m. ET)

Flip Wilson used to be funny, but he isn't funny as the host of this Candid Camera remake. The tricks Flip and company pull on people aren't as cute as Allen Funt's and they're a lot more farfetched. The show encourages bad manners by getting a fellow to mooch food from a stranger's plate. It even encourages theft by getting a "good Samaritan" to help a man steal every stick of furniture from his motel room. And you thought that TV sex and violence were bad for kids. This has to be worse. There are enough nuts to avoid on city streets as it is; now there are more. Flip's video voyeurs won't steal your wallet, but they will rob you of your pride and put a laugh track to it. What's amazing is that the butts of the jokes tolerate humiliation. On Let's Make a Deal people had a rational reason for making fools of themselves: greed. Now, it seems, the price of foolishness is cheaper: notoriety.

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