Picks and Pans Review: Wild Oats

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

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

Fox (Sundays, 9:30 p.m. ET)


They're roommates in Chicago. Jack (Tim Conlon) is a sleazy, superficial skirt-chaser. His roomie Brian (Paul Rudd) is a sweet, sensitive type. Both of them have feelings for sharp and vivacious Shelly (Paula Marshall), whose roommate is dizzy Liz (Jana Marie Hupp). Through their eyes, we experience the war of the sexes as it is fought in the Rush Street trenches.

The result is a brittle and often crude sitcom. Once again Fox has fashioned a contempo-comedy that succeeds in being the wrong kind of hysterical.

The really intriguing aspect of Wild Oats is how much Conlon's Lothario character resembles that of '50s sitcom star Bob Cummings. The haircuts, their manners, their occupation (photographer) and preoccupation (girls) are exactly the same. It's some kind of bizarre TV doppelganger. Except, that is, I love Love That Bob, while Wild Oats I could sow or leave.

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