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Picks and Pans Review: Me and the Boys

updated 10/03/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/1994 01:00AM

ABC (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

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Comic Steve Harvey plays the owner of a Dallas video store and a strict single parent to three sons (Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Wayne Collins and Benjamin LeVert). Only the second part of that description counts, since most of this show is devoted to parental chiding and discipline, delivered with softening humor. Once Harvey is sure his boys have understood his smiley sermons, he'll trade a fist tap with them and conclude, "Then we're cool."

Sometimes he teases them. "You called me all the way down here just to look at me?" asks Collins. "Why not?" responds Dad. "I paid for you, didn't I? A man done paid as much for something as I have for you, got the right just to take it out and look at it every once in a while."

It's a bland but likable show, driven by Harvey, whose style recalls the mellower Richard Pryor.

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