Picks and Pans Review: Women in Prison

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

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

Fox (Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

B+

It has all the makings: The producers responsible for the most deliciously sicko sitcom on TV, Married...With Children, take the campiest kind of movie made, the women-in-prison flick, and turn it into a series. They bring back Peggy (To Tell the Truth) Cass as a bank robber, Wendie Jo (Bosom Buddies) Sperber as a genius embezzler and Denny (Saturday Night Live) Dillon as a guard who throws a new prisoner—Julia Campbell as Vicki—into a cell and shouts, "New meat!" It needs a little work. Because of clumsy direction, a few too many punchlines get stepped on like jailhouse cockroaches. But that can be fixed. The premiere, already aired, had moments to savor. "Eat clams out of season!" is, you must admit, a fresh kind of insult. So I hold out hope. Women in Prison could, with any luck, turn into the trashiest hoot on TV.

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