Picks and Pans Review: Crazy Like a Fox

updated 12/17/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/17/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sunday, Dec. 30, 9 p.m. ET)

Here's another "second season" replacement series, another mystery-adventure-comedy show to follow the similar Murder, She Wrote on Sunday nights. Jack (The Verdict) Warden is an eccentric private detective, and John (Daniel) Rubinstein is his saner lawyer son. In the pilot they find themselves tied up in a strange case: A man who was convicted of murdering his wife finds that she never really died, so now he wants to kill her anyway, figuring that since he's already served the time for the crime, it would be a freebie. That nice little plot line isn't quite enough to fill an hour, so another contrived twist is added. And plenty of time is used up with chase scenes—but at least they're chasing around some lovely San Francisco scenery. Warden and Rubinstein make a good duo on a show that is likable, if not overly inventive.

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