Picks and Pans Review: Sara
The producers touted this sitcom as the next Mary Tyler Moore Show. They couldn't have given themselves a tougher act to follow. The star, Geena (Buffalo Bill) Davis, is certainly likable, ranking at least a 7.5 on the MTM coziness scale. The cast is, of course, an ensemble, but this one seems to have been chosen on demographics: one beautiful white woman (Davis), one smart black woman (Alfre Woodard—a comic talent waiting to be tapped), one nice gay guy (Bronson Pinchot) and one Ted Baxter of an ass (Bill Maher), all playing young lawyers in a struggling San Francisco firm. The producers also said that this would be the first yuppie show, but these people aren't nearly greedy enough to qualify. They take low-paying cases. "You might as well donate your services to charity," Woodard lectures Davis. "At least then they'd give you a little button that says, 'I gave.' " Davis takes off her jacket to reveal a button she's wearing; it says, "I gave." The rest of the gags are equally obvious, the situations too stretched. Sara is far from the worst sitcom ever created, but it's also far from the best: MTM.
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