Picks and Pans Review: The George Carlin Show

updated 01/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fox (Sundays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

B

Carlin plays George O'Grady, a New York City neighborhood guy and an aging iconoclast (not a big stretch for the comic, who grew up on Manhattan's West Side and had his TV breakthrough in the '60s with his Hippy Dippy Weatherman character).

O'Grady's main haunt is a musty working-class bar, more like Moe's Tavern on The Simpsons than Cheers, although it does have a Dr. Frasier Crane type in the snooty plastic surgeon played by Christopher Rich. The class act of the place is a shifty bookie (Alex Rocco). The patrons sit around and sling-shoot the breeze about everything from football to the existence of God. Carlin at times gets a little leeway to do stand-up bits, such as a diatribe about commercials for loose-fitting jeans.

The sitcom's flavor is somewhat bland, with just a whiff of desperation about it. But the mix of characters is likable, and how many Fox shows can you say that about?

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