Picks and Pans Review: Remote Control
updated 01/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
But here's a show about TV that knows how to have fun. It's a game show, MTV's first. Like any game show, it can be ruined by one obnoxious contestant. One such screeching woman almost spoiled the show for me. But I tried to ignore her and the too-cool announcers and the show's too, too frequent lapses into self-promotion (lots of the questions—and the entire grand-prize round at the end—are about MTV, not TV). I gave Remote Control the benefit of the doubt simply because it was good to see a show about TV that didn't take itself or its subject too seriously. Ken Ober plays host for three contestants who sit in recliners and pick their categories with remote controls. They win points by knowing how to give the Vulcan hand sign from Star Trek or how many pairs of purple bell-bottoms it would take to outfit the Partridge Family. It's not a great game. It's not great TV. But it is real TV—often tacky but never ashamed of itself.