Picks and Pans Review: Beyond Tomorrow

updated 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Saturdays, 9 p.m. ET)

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But wait. Here is a reality show you have to like—yes, that's an order, you just have to—and for one good reason: This show does not pander to our basest thirsts for blood, scum and sensationalism. Instead, this one tries to be informative, helpful and even optimistic. Such a fragile flower of decency on television must be nurtured. So that's one reason. But there is another: If you ever enjoyed The Jetsons, then you really will like this show. Beyond Tomorrow is a whole series about nothing but neat things—great gadgets, super toys, wonders of technology. In the premiere episode, already aired, we saw a two-seat hydrofoil, an ultrasound washing machine that uses no detergent, an office on a train, a bunch of robots, a skateboard with training wheels, a new kind of electric toothbrush and a new diving suit. We also saw important reports on the environment and on a new and inexpensive way to do blood tests. The first show felt a tad too long on the whole. But each segment was a kick to watch—clear, quick, entertaining, well-explained and responsible. What a concept: Responsibility TV.

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