Picks and Pans Review: Eight Is Enough: a Family Reunion

updated 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., Oct. 18, 9 p.m. ET)

C-

Twinkie? Of course. The original Eight Is Enough (which left ABC in 1981) was nothing but Beaver with double the minutes, quadruple the kids and a hundred times more hugs. But it's sorta nice—mushy like a grandmother's kiss—to see Dick Van Patten back with his whole clan (except Mom Betty Buckley, who decided not to return; she's replaced by Newhart's Mary Frann). Sure, there's trouble in the house: One kid has turned into a Vegas lounge lizard, another's divorced, another had a miscarriage and Dick's newspaper is up for sale. But I won't be ruining anything for you to report that the endings are all happy. Let's just hope they don't make it into a series again. Once is enough.

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