Picks and Pans Review: Rags to Riches

updated 03/09/1987 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1987 01:00AM

NBC (Mon., March 9, 8 p.m. ET)

B-

It is different: a light musical drama that takes great '50s and '60s tunes—like Jailhouse Rock, Heat Wave and Yakety Yak—and rewrites the lyrics to fit the plot so they can be sung by a half-dozen orphaned girls who are taken in by Joseph Bologna as the frozen foods king of Bel Air. Different, indeed. The singing could be better and, if it were better, more frequent. When the show tries to be a farce it doesn't go far enough and ends up looking merely silly. But the problem simply could be that this nice little idea is spread too thin in a two-hour premiere. As a one-hour series, Rags to Riches could be cute. Bologna makes a great gruff guy. And I do love those old tunes.

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