Picks and Pans Review: How to Be a Man
Hopping out of his Captain Kangaroo persona, Bob Keeshan hosts this low-keyed, kaleidoscopic look at the changing male. First off, let me say, I love the Captain—I do, I do. I only wish I could love I this well-intentioned special, which boasts such guest stars as Susan Anton, Melba Moore and John Denver. The bulk of the show consists of skits, most of which lack a strong point or comedic punch. The best involves Gary Sandy and Mary Cadorette as a young couple in love who decide to marry other partners first, since statistics show the second marriage to be the one that lasts. Enough to make your gums bleed is a sappy, clichéd encounter on a park bench between Hal Linden and Scott Baio; they play a father and son who are unable to say "I love you" until a passing airliner dumps its luggage on 'em—huh? Best thing about this rather flat outing is Keeshan's calming presence. Somewhere along the line he's made a very wise decision—never, ever, to age.