11/16/1987 at 01:00 AM EST
It's time somebody said it: The Cosby Show has turned into one colossal bore. Used to be, Bill Cosby's series always led my list of TV's best. He gave us nice family stories with gentle chuckles and charm. He was a clarion of quality. But sometime last season, something changed. The show ran out of plots, punch lines and gas. So far this fall, we've been subjected to entire episodes about little more than a neighbor's missing drill and Bill's old water heater. We've seen ludicrous scenes of Mom putting Theo on trial and of friends performing Shakespeare in the living room—displays of civility meant to impress, inspire and uplift us lowly masses. Well, they're putting this peon to sleep. All Cosby has to do to fix the problem is look at his early shows and copy his own success. But in the meantime this A+ series is hereby downgraded to a C+.... And now we move on to the week's movies.