Picks and Pans Review: Sadie and Son

updated 10/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Wed., Oct. 21, 9 p.m. ET)

D-

To be blunt about it, Sadie and Son smells—musty like mothballs, sweetsy like cheap car deodorant, yucky like the subways in which it is set. Debbie Reynolds puts on a New York accent, a Mae West timbre and a baggy police uniform and tries to look like a tough, crusty, killer cop. Between gunning down bad guys, fearless Debbie pushes her son, Brian McNamara, to become a cop himself, giving up his oh-so-promising career as a modern, hip comic who does Walter Brennan imitations (a good trick, considering the kid is about 10 years too young to have watched The Real McCoys). The twinkiest.

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