Picks and Pans Review: Monty

updated 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Henry Winkler plays Monty Richardson, a comically castigative, conservative TV personality on a small Long Island station. Of course, it's coincidental that his sidekick (played by Tom McGowan) is a dead ringer for Rush Limbaugh. From his TV pulpit, Monty can bully the world, baiting environmentalists, chiding liberals and deriding Democrats.

At home, however, Monty finds it considerably harder to play the demagogue of the breakfast table. His family sees him more as a blow-hard than as the fount of all wisdom. Monty's principal antagonist is his prospective daughter-in-law (China Kantner), a free spirit with a sharp tongue.

This is essentially a contrived and scattered update of All in the Family with Winkler as Archie and Kantner as a more aggressive Meathead. But the conflict is there to keep the show rolling, if it can only discover a little cohesiveness.

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