Picks and Pans Review: George Washington: the Forging of a Nation

updated 09/22/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. ET)


In a word: boring. The last George Washington mini in 1984 at least had musket balls to break up the bombast. Not this sequel. Now Barry (Pleasures) Bostwick as George ascends to the Presidency and to haughty lines like: "Ironic that war can bind men together only to have peace pull them apart." And Patty Duke as Martha plays the worst cliché of American history: the benevolent slave owner. "We've always treated our people so well," she says, "why would they ever want to be free?" Even with attempts to sex up the saga—Alexander Hamilton sleeps around—this two-night miniseries ends up looking as animated and sophisticated as a coloring book and as entertaining—but not nearly as informative—as a third-grade textbook.

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