Picks and Pans Review: Higher Ground

updated 09/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., Sept. 4, 9 p.m. ET)

C+

Way too many shows are made in Los Angeles and New York (and Vancouver). It would be nice to see a show made somewhere odd, like Alaska. Or at least I thought that would be nice until I saw one made there. In it, John Denver plays an FBI agent who gets disgusted with incompetence and bureaucracy, quits and flies his plane up to Alaska, where he wants to work with another pilot and his wife and their boy named Tommy. But that pilot ends up entangled with Richard Masur as a bad guy who's smuggling booze, and Denver has to fly to the rescue. The characters are as earnest and real as Saturday morning cartoon heroes but a little less colorful. At least the scenery is magnificent.

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