Picks and Pans Review: The Oldest Rookie

updated 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Wed., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. ET)

B +

From the sound of it, I thought this would be an eye-roller, a groaner, a snore: A middle-age cop who's always been stuck behind a desk finally decides to put on a uniform, strap on a gun and catch criminals because, he says, "For 25 years I've wondered if I had what it takes." Menopausal macho. But I was wrong. Paul Sorvino's easy charm turns a stale idea into a fresh and entertaining show. Sorvino as the old cop and D.W. (An Early Frost) Moffett as his young, hotheaded partner have enough spunk to make fun of themselves—"This is not Adam-12," Moffett says, grousing about life as a flatfoot. "We're not Reed and Malloy." And in the requisite chase scene the show has enough imagination to use an airplane's escape hatch, stairs and luggage cart instead of clichéd cop cars. Nice touches in a nice little show.

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