Picks and Pans Review: Sweet Justice

updated 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Saturdays, 9 p.m. ET)

C-

Stop and smell the begonias. And while you're down there sniffing, lend a hand to the underdog. Those are the gooey guidelines of this drama series starring Melissa Gilbert and Cicely Tyson.

Gilbert plays a Southerner so frazzled from working for a New York City law firm that she might as well have her nose plugged into her laptop. On a visit home she decides to abandon the express lane and join Tyson's righteous clan of legal crusaders, lawyers who never met a pro-bono case they didn't like. Gilbert's new job brings her into frequent clashes with the city's stuffiest firm, which just happens to be run by her rich daddy (Ronny Cox). Gilbert gets so much help on her cases from an impossibly handsome local reporter (Jason Gedrick of Class of '96) that she ought to put him on retainer.

This sap-happy show is riddled with stilted plots, contrived courtroom scenes, wild overacting and more bad Southern accents than a Canadian high school production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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