Picks and Pans Review: Better Days
CBS (Wed., Oct. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET)
From the network that brought you Amos and Andy comes a series just as racist and—because it's made in 1986—even more offensive. In Better Days, black people (1) have rhythm, (2) rap, (3) dance, (4) live for sports, (5) threaten white people and (6) wear funny hats. Raphael (My Science Project) Sbarge stars as a suddenly poor Beverly Hills surfer who moves in with his Brooklyn grandpa and becomes the only white player on his school basketball team. Sbarge tries to be one of the guys by helping a rival basketball star who can't give speeches—add that to the list: (7) black people in Better Days are inarticulate. CBS' new boss, Laurence Tisch, and old boss, William Paley, have been worried lately about the network's image. They've vowed to pay homage to St. Edward of Murrow and restore CBS News to its old integrity. They'd also do well to restore the entertainment division to some small semblance of integrity by canceling Better Days.
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