Picks and Pans Review: The Best of Not Necessarily the News

updated 06/27/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/27/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HBO (Sat., June 25, 10:30 p.m. ET)

B+

When most series do best-of shows, that's an uh-oh sign: They didn't have a script ready, so they give us a bunch of clips glued together with smooth transitions like, "Remember that time when...?" But when shows like Not Necessarily the News, Saturday Night Live or Late Night do best-of episodes, that's a good sign. These shows, by their nature, hit and miss. So once in a while, it's great to see mostly hits with few misses. Here compiled from NNTN's five years are 89 segments and about 80 hits: spoofs on baby-on-board signs and women's super-maxi-light-thin-etc. commercials, a tourist ad for Lebanon ("where every day is the Fourth of July"), Fawn Hall dreaming she testified before the Iran-contra committee in her Maidenform bra, lots of opportunities to make the Commander in Chief look silly and a hilarious Valentine to Margaret Thatcher.

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