Picks and Pans Review: All-American Girl

updated 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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


Well, it sounds like a can't-miss formula: Take an abrasive stand-up comic (Margaret Cho) and build a sitcom around her. And Cho's show has a bonus Roseanne's and Brett Butler's never will: it's stocked with Asian-Americans, one of the few ethnic groups that until now has been untarred by the broad, caustic brush strokes of prime-time japery. Welcome to the TV melting pot, an equal opportunity offender.

Girl is organized as a clash of cultures: the traditional Korean values of the mom (Jodi Long) versus the fully assimilated MTV style of her boy-crazy daughter (Cho). The show's funniest character is the eccentric grandmother (Amy Hill).

In its own warped fashion, this misshapen sitcom reminds me of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis—only with rickshaw jokes.

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