Picks and Pans Review: My Two Dads

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

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

NBC (Sun., Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m. ET)

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Search no more. Here's the diamond in the dump, the best new series of the season. Paul (Aliens) Reiser as a Yupperson—"You wanna pin a label on me, you can start with Coffee Achiever"—and Greg (B.J. and the Bear) Evigan as an artist both fought over (and slept with) the same woman 13 years ago. Suddenly she dies, then the guys get a surprise: "Congratulations, it's a girl," announces 12-year-old Staci Keanan, who's placed in the custody of both men because the father is "biologically indeterminate." Okay, so it sounds like a dumb idea. So did Taxi, All in the Family and both Bob New-harts. But like those good shows, this one uses its situation sparingly, only as an excuse to gather great characters so they can come out with great lines. Reiser lectures Evigan on the raising of a teenage girl. "I don't care what other kids do," he shouts, pointing at the kid. "I only care what this kid does." He stops, looks at his hand and asks, "When did I grow my father's finger?" If you're not in stitches reading that, then maybe ya hadda be there. So be there. Watch My Two Dads after Family Ties in its new home on Sunday nights. Together they make a great one-two punch line.

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