Picks and Pans Review: Together We Stand

updated 09/29/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1986 01:00AM

CBS (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)

B+

Elliott (E/R) Gould and Dee Wallace (E.T.) Stone have such a happy family: one adopted daughter who's grown into a lovely teen, one son of their own who's too cute for a boy to be, one comfy home. But then the lady from the adoption agency comes calling and before they know it, Mom and Dad have taken in an adorable ethnic grab bag of kids: one Vietnamese boy and one little black girl. Just hearing all that gave me visions of Disneyland's It's a Small World; that ditsy ditty started dancing around in my skull; my teeth began to crumble from sugar rot. Then I watched the show. And now I have to admit: I was wrong. Together is sweet of course, but with a few good gags to cut the goo, it's still palatable. Gould's no wonder dad; he's not even that crazy about kids. When he sees the adoption-agency lady at the door, he bad-mouths babies. "This is a shrewd, veteran saleslady," Gould warns, "with an irresistible product that walks and talks and wets—you do remember wets." Not exactly filled with yucks. But not yucky either.

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