Picks and Pans Review: Police Story: the Freeway Killings

updated 05/04/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/04/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., May 3, 8 p.m. ET)

C-

Police Story's back and, yes, so is Angie Dickinson—but only in a bit part as the other woman mucking up Ben Gazzara's marriage. Tony LoBianco and Don Meredith return, too, shooting lots of bad guys while Richard Crenna fights to become chief of police. We have sexual deviants posing as cops, killing hookers and dumping them on the freeway. We have crooked cops shaking down a murderer's mom. We have a cop's daughter on heroin. We have speeches about how nobody understands cops. Plot aplenty. Gore galore. Sure, in its day—1973 to 1977—Police Story won praise for being Serious and Realistic. But cop shows have advanced since then thanks to Hill Street Blues (see page 44). These cops do everything by the book. They have all the dramatic intensity of meter maids. They don't look Realistic anymore.

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