Picks and Pans Review: American Playhouse: Story of a Marriage

updated 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Mon., April 6, 9 p.m. ET)

Grade: Zzzzz

Watching paint fade, crack and peel—let alone dry—would beat this thing for thrills. In three plays adapted for this five-and-a-half-hour miniseries—the first produced for TV, the others previously produced as movies—author Horton (The Trip to Bountiful) Foote tells all, and I mean all, about his parents and every slow-talking, small-minded, gossiping family in the state of Texas. Horton's own daughter Hallie Foote does her best playing his mother, with help from William Converse-Roberts, Matthew Broderick and Amanda Plummer. But their show endlessly repeats itself. I started watching two of the hours out of order and didn't even notice. I was just proud of myself for staying awake.

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