Picks and Pans Review: The First Gentleman

updated 08/29/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/29/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sat, Aug. 27, 9 p.m. ET)

B+

In this pilot bucking for a spot as a midseason replacement, Kevin Dunn (Dave) plays a regular guy, a Chicago cop. But he has to have his mail forwarded to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. You see, his wife (Helen Shaver) just got elected President of these here United States. The result: Mr. Joe Six-Pack Goes to Washington. Hey, you've got to like a fellow who leaves a state dinner to go down to the White House kitchen and grab a real sandwich, a man who slumps on a settee in the presidential bedroom, screaming at the TV set as he watches a hockey game. (You think Barbara Bush was a Blackhawks fan?)

As soon as Dunn stumbles across some Beltway skulduggery, though, his cop instincts kick in. The next thing you know, he's canceling his meticulously arranged social calendar and commandeering a motorcade to check out a murder scene.

The premise makes for an intriguing mix of political potboiler, sex-role comedy, light romance and mystery. The episode is well acted by Shaver, Meagen Fay and Duane Davis. The standout, though, is Dunn in a crafty, energetic performance that recalls Michael Chiklis in The Commish.

This is a fine pilot. I'm not convinced it could be sustained as a series, but I wouldn't mind finding out.

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