Picks and Pans Review: Washingtoon

updated 08/19/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/19/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Thurs., Aug. 15, 10:30 p.m. ET)

Last fall the pilot of this political sitcom showed promise. Here was an adventuresome satire about an idiot named Bob Forehead, whose closet and brain were filled with polyester, who was remade by a "charismatologist" and won a seat in Congress. Now the Congressman is in Washington and Washingtoon is a series. But, as is often the case with politicians, some of their promise or promises are forgotten along the way. Based on the Mark Alan Stamaty cartoon, Washingtoon too often relies on old jokes (the freshman Congressman gives his colleagues heartburn by proposing a 50 percent pay cut). But the show also has some super satirical flashes, like putting lawmakers in a studio to make their version of the We Are the World video: "We Are the House, We Are the Senate." Those moments make the series almost worth watching. Almost.

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