Picks and Pans Review: It's Garry Shandling's Show

updated 09/15/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Wed., Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m. ET)


The best new show of the fall isn't on NBC, ABC or CBS. It's Garry Shandling's new series on Showtime. What David Letterman does to talk shows and all of TV—that is, lovingly lampoon them—Shandling does to sitcoms. His parody has a plot: Garry moves, gets robbed, has nightmares about Vanna White stealing his furniture (the funniest scene I've seen in years) and goes on a dreadful date with a beautiful, bumble-brained cable installer who serenades him with the theme to Gilligan's Island. But as George Burns used to do on his sitcom, Shandling also interrupts the action to talk to you. After he's been robbed, Garry turns pathetically to the camera and says: "This is the ultimate insult. First my girlfriend moves in with another guy. Now my stuff moves in with another guy." Even his theme song is a gag: "This is the theme to Garry's show...." Shandling proves to be another master at twitting TV—gently and hilariously.

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