Picks and Pans Review: Alive from Off Center

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

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

PBS (Mondays, 10 p.m. ET)

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And here is PBS' attempt to encourage fresh talent. This week, in Street of Crocodiles, we get puppets who, in the words of the press release, venture "through Kafkaesque dreams and into the darker reaches of our collective psyche." That's just a fancy way to say "nonsensical, self-indulgent hokum." Last week the series gave us Bill Irwin, a baggy-pants clown who plays with a TV as if it were some metaphysical marvel, not merely a bunch of wires. He's as hard to take as any mime. NBC's new sitcom writers (see above) may not be all avant-garde like PBS' new video artists. But sitcom writers are a helluva lot more fun.

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