Picks and Pans Review: The Cosby Mysteries

updated 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)


The Mighty Cos returns as Guy Hanks, the casually suave, semi-retired Manhattan criminologist-forensics expert he played in a TV movie last season. Oh, there's one new twist: Hanks hit the lottery for $40 million at some unspecified earlier date, making him TV's first filthy rich crime fighter since Amos Burke of Burke's Law.

The whimsical mystery has a solid supporting cast: James Naughton as Hanks's police liaison, Rita Moreno as his housekeeper, Dante Beze as his legman and the vibrant Lynn Whitfield as the bantering romantic interest.

The series is a flimsy vehicle, but Cosby's imperishable charm makes it seem like a cushy ride. If for no other reason, it's worth tuning in just to see Dr. Bill's spiffy wardrobe.

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