Picks and Pans Review: The Pursuit of Happiness

updated 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Fridays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

B-

As if we already hadn't seen enough shows about the Constitution's Bicentennial, now here's a sitcom about it. The Pursuit of Happiness (as in "life, liberty and...") is a comedy about two American history professors in—guess where—Philadelphia. Brian (Family Affair) Keith plays the gruff department head and comedian Paul Provenza is his eager professorial disciple. They're fine. Everything about the show is fine. If you were having a dinner party, you'd be happy to invite the entire cast; they'd be charming over cocktails and they'd send thank-you notes the next day. I don't want to say a bad thing about them. But I can't find much to gush about, either. Pursuit is a pleasant shrug, nothing worth setting your VCR for.

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