Picks and Pans Review: Snowy River: the Mcgregor Saga

updated 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Family Channel (Saturdays, 6 p.m. ET)

B-

In this Australian series set in the 19th century, the Man from Snowy River, the daring young roustabout celebrated in song and verse (a character that also inspired the 1983 Kirk Douglas movie) is now a good deal older. He's a successful homesteader and cattleman, a widower with three children in rugged southern Australia.

Andrew Clarke, Wendy Hughes (who was the coroner Ned Beatty had a crush on in NBC's Homicide), John Stanton, Amanda Douge, Josh Lucas and Victoria Tennant costar.

Handsome and pastoral, the show is like The Virginian, albeit with a stiff Aussie accent—and one other, even more important, difference: There are no holsters, guns or shoot-outs to speak of, which makes this wholesome and rather stodgy series a good fit for the Family Channel.

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