Picks and Pans Review: Babymaker: the Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story

updated 02/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Feb. 8, 9 p.m. ET)


George Dzundza plays Jacobson, a renowned fertility doctor in Virginia. Melissa Gilbert plays one of his satisfied patients who eventually realizes to her dismay that she may be one of the estimated 75 women whom Jacobson impregnated with his own sperm. (He told patients he was using donors who were medical or divinity school students.) His activities earned him a five-year prison sentence and the nickname "the Sperminator."

Insemination isn't the only thing that's artificial in this fact-based film. Gilbert brings little more than earnestness to her performance as the victim. By the time she testifies against Jacobson in court, shrieking, "This man, your honor, this doctor, not only violated my body but he violated my hopes and my dreams and my trust," it's hard to tell whether to wince or giggle.

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