Picks and Pans Review: New York Undercover

updated 09/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/12/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET)

B

Yo, they look like bad bodega boys with their baggy T-shirts, untied boots, earrings and insolent, slouching walks. "You guys are cops?" asks one incredulous citizen. Yep, Torres (Michael DeLorenzo) and Williams (Malik Yoba) are police detectives working the unforgiving sidewalks of Manhattan. And these two sheepdogs in wolves' clothing really care about their cases.

Their crusades make for a flawed but bold series, like 21 Jump Street but set to a slammin' hip-hop soundtrack. "You threatenin' me? Cuz I'm about to fire your little narrow ass up." This abrasiveness gives the show an edge, or at least an identity, which in the clone dome of prime time amounts to the same thing.

The supporting cast includes Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn, Michael Michele and singer Gladys Knight. The show's problem is that the plots, like the perps, tend to be delinquent.

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