Picks and Pans Review: Caroline in the City

updated 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

B+

This sitcom revolves around the personal life of a cheerful but insecure comic-strip artist (Lea Thompson). She's a Midwesterner seeking happiness and a meaningful relationship in Manhattan. The laughs—and there are many—are provided by Malcolm Gets as Thompson's gloomy, witheringly sarcastic colorist, a man for whom an exciting night out is attending "a festival of failed Swiss documentaries." Also amusing is Amy Pietz as Thompson's earthy, party-animal neighbor. With her Queens accent and pixie-ish looks, Pietz is a cross between Fran Drescher and Pat Benatar.

Though the show lacks the inspired cohesiveness of classic sitcoms like Cheers or Seinfeld, it is bright, brisk and well-played.

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