Picks and Pans Review: When the Bough Breaks

updated 10/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., Oct. 12, 9 p.m. ET)

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Ted (Cheers) Danson, child psychologist, gets so upset helping his cop buddy Richard (Heartburn) Masur nail a child molester that he retires. But Danson gives up the lazy life to play detective again and help Masur solve the murders of a bunch of rich men. The direction by Emmy-winning War is (Copacabana) Hussein gives you some neatly shocking scenes. The script, based on the novel by Jonathan Kellerman, gives you some nicely different lines: "Nirvana through inertia doesn't make it." The acting by Danson and Masur is all-pro. Bough is a nice, tight, tense little murder mystery, and Danson himself deserves some credit for that: He makes his debut as a producer with this flick.

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