Picks and Pans Review: Strange Luck

updated 10/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fox (Fridays, 8 p.m. ET)

A-

Each week our hero, freelance news photographer Chance Harper (D.B. Sweeney) hangs around a diner run by Frances Fisher and experiences runs of either extremely good or bad luck. And that's the entire premise. One week Harper is trying to pass a driving test and accidentally gets caught up in a kidnapping scheme. The next week he is in hot pursuit of a potato that looks like Elvis while helping a friend who is the target of gangland assassins. Yes, the concept may be low, gentle viewers, but the rewards are high. Sweeney has an engaging, regular-Joe charm that draws you in. The show's offbeat sense of humor and dark, moody visual style make for one of the most unique and inventive new series since The X-Files.

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