Picks and Pans Review: Probe

updated 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Mon., March 7, 9 p.m. ET)

D+

After its premiere on a Monday, ABC's new series moves to Thursdays opposite Cosby—to the Death Slot. It is an appropriate home for Probe. In this nerdy Sherlock Holmes, this bumbling Batman, this MacGyver Jr., Parker (The Hardy Boys) Stevenson plays the "greatest scientific mind of the century," who solves crimes with sheer smarts. In the premiere, he does brainy battle with a computer that gets too bright for its own good and kills people—a plot that would have been intriguing had we not seen it already in 2001 and a dozen Star Treks. The show could have been exciting too, if it weren't written like a physics textbook. Probe, co-created by Isaac Asimov, is just another sci-fi snoozer from the network of Once a Hero and Sable. And it is just another sacrificial lamb to the god Cosby.

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