Picks and Pans Review: Who's the Boss?

updated 09/24/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/24/1984 01:00AM

ABC (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Premiere: Thursday, Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m. ET Here's a refreshing switch on the sexual stereotypes: She's the divorced corporate big shot; he's the housekeeper. He's Tony (Taxi) Danza, leaving New York ("Goodbyes are tough—I thought I saw a tear in a cockroach's eye") to live with his young daughter in the suburbs and work for Judith Light and her young son. Light balks at hiring a hunk for housework. "Don't be sexist," her mother, Katherine (Time Bandits) Helmond, says. "A man can do meaningless, unproductive work just as well as a woman." But Tony's clean; he's great with kids; he gets the job and they get along fine. The "sits" in this sitcom are a little obvious at first: Light is necking with a date when Tony barges in. Uh-oh. But then the plot takes a higher road. Light is up for a promotion when her boss invites her away for a weekend. Danza persuades her not to go because, if she gets the job, she'll never know what did it, her brains or her body. So it's a sitcom with a message, but one that doesn't get in the way of its humor and its considerable charm.

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