Picks and Pans Review: David's Mother

UPDATED 04/11/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/11/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., April 10, 9p.m. ET)

B +

Kirstie Alley plays a woman whose life is tightly circumscribed by caring for her autistic son (Michael Goorjian). She holds the rest of the world at bay with her caustic wit.

It takes a new man in her life (Sam Waterston) to get her to reconsider the cocoon she has woven around herself and her son out of guilt.

This is a stagy property, but thanks to a flat-out fabulous job by Alley, chain-smoking and tossing off zingers like a latter-day Bette Davis, it is quite moving. Phylicia Rashad and Stockard Charming costar.

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