Picks and Pans Review: The Tracey Ullman Show

updated 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Sundays, 9:30 p.m. ET)


Tracey Ullman is 100 percent delightful. Her show is about 80 percent. Ullman is best—hilarious, in fact—when she just plays herself and talks, as she has so often on Carson and Letterman. But here she mostly performs in skits. Some skits are great: Ullman fears she's starting to act like her mother and then, spontaneously, she turns into her mother—her body suddenly stretches in all the wrong places and she starts nagging herself. Other skits are merely so-so. In between these acts are idiotic little cartoons. The show, it seems, is aimed at 20-year-olds. I watched for weeks, hoping it would grow up with time. Not yet. Tracey's show could use more of Tracey's wit, energy and sophistication—more of Tracey herself.

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