Picks and Pans Review: Under Suspicion

updated 09/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Fridays, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

Her name is Rose Phillips, but at work everyone calls her Phil. She's the only female detective on an urban police force. Entrenched sexism isn't all Phil (Karen Sillas) has to deal with. The show is structured as a suspense serial. One episode sets up a mystery that gets solved the following week. In the pilot, her partner (guest star Peter Onorati) has vanished.

Seymour Cassel, Philip Casnoff, Brian McNamara, Paul McCrane, Richard Foronjy and Ray Baker costar. But Sillas is the cynosure of the series. She's piquant as a tough woman holding her own in a tough fraternity. Under Suspicion is sort of a one-note show, but that note, while thin, is piercing.

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