Picks and Pans Review: American Playhouse: Breakfast with Les and Bess

updated 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Monday, March 11, 9 p.m. ET)

Broadway used to be filled with plays like this: Dick Van Dyke and Cloris Leachman run a radio show from their apartment as their family goes lovably looney around them: The son (Shaun Cassidy) drives his car into a lake; the daughter (Wendel Meldrum) marries some sailor she's known for two days; everybody goes nuts on the air and the show gets canceled. Breakfast—which ran off-Broadway in 1982—sounds as if it's being helped along by a laugh track. It needs it. There's a reason shows like this don't appear on Broadway anymore—the same reason that The Monkees isn't around either. They are dated dinosaurs.

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