Picks and Pans Review: A Pat on Your Back

updated 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Once again, the ratings have vindicated America's taste in TV. Look at the season's Top 10 Nielsens: Cosby; Family Ties; Cheers; Murder, She Wrote; The Golden Girls; 60 Minutes; Night Court; Growing Pains; Moonlighting; Who's the Boss? By my count, that's seven great shows, two good ones and one (Pains) that's merely mediocre. Compare those shows to the books on a recent New York Times list of best-sellers, filled with trashers and romancers by the likes of Danielle Steel, Sidney Sheldon and Stephen King. The obvious conclusion: TV viewers have better taste than readers.... Now on with this week's shows.

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