Picks and Pans Review: Ape Man

updated 09/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A&E (Sun., Sept. 4, 8 p.m. ET)


In this four-part science series airing over consecutive nights, the venerable one, Walter Cronkite, serves as the host for a refresher course on paleoanthropology. Following the fossil trail, the study establishes the forces that slowly shaped the process of natural selection. It examines the adapt-or-die imperative of survival that pushed us from swinging in the high-canopy forests of Africa to walking erect on any number of continents.

The visual re-creations are good, but the narration is redundant. This pensive safari on the origins of man promises more than it delivers.

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