Picks and Pans Review: Pulaski—the TV Detective

updated 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

A&E (Sat., Jan. 16, 10 p.m. ET)

Forget Miami Vice and Moonlighting. This is a hip, funny, acerbic comedy-detective show for grown-ups—from the British, of course. Tonight's 90-minute premiere should get you hooked for the seven one-hour episodes that follow. David Andrews (who bears a resemblance to Don Johnson) stars as Larry Summers, an actor who plays Detective Pulaski in a fictionalized TV series. Whereas Pulaski is a hard-drinking, fist-swinging ladies' man, Summers can't hold his booze and goes horizontal at the sight of blood. Summers' life is made all the more miserable by his upper-class British wife (Caroline Langrishe), his stuffy in-laws and his own visiting, whining mother. In this episode, Larry and Kate's crumbling marriage is saved when the two join forces to investigate a real-life crime. While presenting an adventurous plot, Pulaski intelligently pokes fun at celebrity worship, marriage and the British class system. Tasty fun.

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