Picks and Pans Review: Cbs Reports: the Vanishing Family—crisis in Black America

updated 01/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sat., Jan. 25, 9 p.m. ET)

B+

Bill Moyers visits Newark's ghettos, talks with young mothers and the men who won't marry them and tells you that most black children are growing up without a complete family. "The traditional family no longer exists," he concludes. "It is vanishing." What Moyers does quite well is paint the problem; he'll convince you that something dire is happening in black America. But what he does not do so well, or at all, is investigate solutions, tried and untried. At the end, in a segment not available for review, a panel led by Jesse Jackson will discuss all this. But we've heard from those pols and profs before. What sets Moyers' report apart is that he gets to the people who are living the problem and they talk to him with amazing candor. His report would have been more complete if he'd taken the panel's solutions back to Newark to see how they play there.

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