Picks and Pans Review: Rocky Road
WTBS, the self-proclaimed Super Station, has made three attempts at creating sitcoms: Down to Earth, Safe at Home and now Rocky Road. They should stick to reruns of The Brady Bunch. Rocky is about a plucky bunch of orphans who run their family's ice-cream parlor. The producers say that the show is aimed at young people, but that's no excuse for its ham-handed humor; kids know what's funny. In the premiere, somebody has tried to steal the parlor's rocky-road ice-cream formula. A dim-witted cop named Sandy—so dim that he makes Mayberry's Barney Fife look bright enough for The FBI—comes galumphing onto the set and says, "This is no time to panic. The police have assigned an expert to the case." The head orphan asks, "Who?" The cop says, "Me." Rolling her eyes, the orphan says, "It's time to panic." An old joke—and not a ripsnorter when it was new. If this is an example of what TBS owner Ted Turner thinks is good original programming, we all should be thankful he didn't take over CBS.