Picks and Pans Review: The Boys in Blue

updated 09/10/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1984 01:00AM

CBS (Sunday, Sept. 9, 8 p.m. ET)

The great thing about failed pilots is that you see how bad TV can be. It proves that network executives do have some taste—after all, they rejected The Boys in Blue. Dean Paul (Heart Like a Wheel) Martin stars as a handsome cop who pulls over women drivers to ask them for dates. One of his fellow officers moans about working with a woman cop as a partner because, "With a pretty little thing like that sitting next to me, you think I'm going to be concentrating on crime?" And listen to their locker-room banter: "What'd you do last night?" asks the first cop. "Score!" shouts the second. With that kind of law enforcement, these boys in blue give you legitimate reasons to call the police pigs. Joining Martin in the cast are the tough captain, the supercilious lieutenant, the cuddly sergeant and the sensitive lady cop. Together they hunt down a cop killer, find one of their informants beaten up by a bad guy and break up a domestic squabble—only to find the spurned husband returning home to set the house on fire. It is a generic cop show, one with less life in it than Adam 12, less suspense than Police Woman and worse acting than Dragnet. It's everything that Hill Street Blues isn't.

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