Picks and Pans Review: Dave's World

updated 09/27/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/27/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Mondays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

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I love humor columnist Dave Barry. I've never been too fond of Harry Anderson (Night Court). So when I first heard of this show, in which Anderson plays Barry, I worried that it would be an atrocious amalgam like, say, anchovy pizza. Instead it turns out to be deep-dish dee-lish.

Anderson is flannel-comfy portraying a case of arrested development. He's a big, goofy kid masquerading as a father and husband, as when he tries to deliver a lecture on responsibility to his older boy: "Look at me. You know", there are lots of mornings I wake up, the last thing in the world I would want to do is write some humor column. But you know what I do?" The boy responds, "You hang out in your bathrobe and watch TV."

There's a flexible crew of supporting characters to bounce off. DeLane Matthews is Mrs. Barry. Meshach Taylor (Designing Women) is the best friend-neighbor; radio personality Shadoe Stevens is Barry's bachelor editor. And J.C. Wendel is his dilzy office mate at the newspaper. At one point, Wendel announces, "We were at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater. They're doing Fiddler on the Roof. And let me just tell you something: John Davidson is Tevya."

The concept seems to be an easy one to exhaust. But if the writing manages to stay fresh, we could be looking at the '90s version of The Bob Neivhart Show.

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