Picks and Pans Review: On Our Own
updated 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The seven Jerrico kids try to maintain a household on their own after their parents die in a car crash. (Yes, we've already seen that premise this year in Fox's Party of Five.) But without an adult relative to assume custody, they'll be split up. So the eldest son (Ralph Louis Harris) does what any red-blooded boy would do: He dons a wig and a dress to masquerade as Aunt Jelcinda. "I'm sorry to keep you waiting," he says, flouncing down the steps to greet company. "I had to put some dippity in my doo." (If you're thinking of Flip Wilson's Geraldine character, you're right on target.)
All the rest of the Jerrico clan is played by real-life siblings, the Smolletts. Decked out in funky organic chic, they look like an adolescent version of the rap group Arrested Development.
The package makes for a show that's energetic but utterly silly.