Picks and Pans Review: Something Wilder
Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein) makes his TV series debut as a man who becomes a first-time father to twins in the autumn of his life. With its rustic New England setting and extended supporting cast of Yankee eccentrics, this is an obvious attempt to re-create the atmosphere of Newhart. But it also trades in three things we never saw at the old Stratford Inn: slapstick, kids and salacious punch lines.
Wilder is a cuddly delight. But the real standout of this series is Hillary B. Smith (One Life to Live), in a superb performance as Wilder's wife that recalls Home Improvement's Patricia Richardson—only Smith is more endearing and emotional.
There's nothing wild about Something Wilder, but there is a lot to like about this sweet, innocuous sitcom.