Picks and Pans Review: Double Trouble
The title is all too apt. This little sitcom went on the air last spring and failed. Now it's been remade, relocated—from Iowa to New York—and mostly recast. But the second time around it's still in trouble. The stars of both versions, twins Liz and Jean Sagal, are the cutest things on TV. Hating their show would be as heartless as hating Benji and Bambi. So let's not blame them. Let's blame the network or the producers, who just don't know what to do with this matched pair of perkiness. They put the girls in situations that make Gilligan's Island look like a Harold Pinter play. In the premiere, a friend gets the twins and their costumes mixed up, so that the one trying out for fashion-design school shows up not with her virginal white gown but with her sister's hot-dog outfit, complete with mustard. That was just one of too many predictable twin gags. The premiere had to be made on the run, since NBC threw Trouble into the schedule at the last minute. So we gave them the benefit of the doubt and waited for the next episode, which put both girls in a magic act. It was worse. Three strikes and you're out.