Picks and Pans Review: Hudson Street

updated 10/09/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/09/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

B+

Tony Danza continues his string of sitcom Tonys (Taxi, Who's the Boss?) by playing Tony Canetti, a divorced cop in Hoboken, N.J. He is an unaffected, uncomplicated kind of guy, the sort who opines, "If I could just get them to take those dog shows off the Sports Channel, my life would be perfect." The show ferments the old home-and-office brew. Both spheres of his life get complicated when he starts flirting and locking horns with a spunky local reporter (Full House's Lori Loughlin).

There are some surprisingly sophisticated moments (including a Vladimir Nabokov reference that allows one of Danza's precinct mates to crack a string of venial sex crimes). Danza's lunky charm is showcased to wonderful effect, although Loughlin definitely lacks the comic heft to balance this romantic seesaw. With its enviable placement between Roseanne and Home Improvement, Hudson Street is one of the certified season's can't-miss shows.

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