Picks and Pans Review: Lois & Clark: the New Adventures of Superman

updated 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET)

A-

Since our visitor from Krypton is one of the most picked-over figures in the superhero pantheon, I didn't expect much from this series. Surprise! It is a beguiling romantic adventure. The set design, particularly the Daily Planet's newsroom, is vivid and the special effects more than passable. But most of the credit goes to the casting.

Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher are the best-ever coupling of the Man of Steel and the brassy lady. Cain, Brenda's boyfriend last season on Beverly Hills, 90210, is perfect as the wholesome, bighearted guy, newly arrived in Metropolis from Smallville. Cain brings real athleticism to the role, not surprising for a former jock who briefly played for the Buffalo Bills. And Hatcher, the young wife on Sunday Dinner, is delicious as the assertive, independent investigative reporter. A strong supporting cast includes Lane Smith (as Perry White), Michael Landes (as Jimmy Olsen) and John Shea (as Lex Luthor).

This lime slot has become the season's most hotly contested with Lois & Clark going up against CBS's Murder, She Wrote and NBC's seaQuest DSV, the big-budget series from Steven Spielberg. If he gets some reasonably entertaining scripts, I wouldn't bet against the guy with the big S emblazoned on his chest.

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