Picks and Pans Review: Our Planet Tonight

updated 04/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Wed., April 22, 8 p.m. ET)


Seeing-eye cats. Psychic auto repair. Plastic surgery for dogs. The secret vault of Geraldo Rivera. These are the stories you expect to see on West 57th, 20/20 or that other magazine show with a number in its name. Instead, you'll see them on David and Jerry (Airplane!) Zucker's parody of pompous TV. Docu-comedy, they call it. Anchorman John Houseman performs his own John Houseman imitation, rupturing himself with every syllable he speaks, and anchorwoman Morgan Fairchild models gowns while Jay Leno, Rich Hall, Martha (MTV) Quinn and Father Guido Sarducci bring you the news and the laughs. There's imagination here so fresh it drips dew. If they'd just add a little more bite, I'd like to see Our Planet Tonight (and Spitting Image) become late night regulars, replacing that tired old Saturday Night Live.

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