Picks and Pans Review: Take Five

updated 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)


Another likable star, another new sitcom, another pleasant little shrug. George Segal plays a poor shlub whose wife divorces him, whose father-in-law fires him and whose best friend falls in love with his ex-wife. Poor George. Between playing the banjo with his buddies and telling a shrink his sorrows, he looks for work. In the pilot, already aired, he finds a job in a public relations company that specializes in getting clients into the TV Guide crossword puzzle. There George will find himself stuck between the gruff old owner, his lazy son and Melanie (Fridays) Chartoff as the woman who wanted George's job. The setup looks promising. And even if he over-oomphs a line or two, Segal is charming as ever. But like Roxie, this one could use better jokes better timed. I'll give it a chanceā€”if the network does.

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