04/25/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT
Fox (Tuesdays. 8 p.m. ET)
Named after the troubled, working-class, minority Los Angeles neighborhood where it is set, this unusual new venture uses the half-hour sitcom format to champion a single mom (Tina Lifford) trying to bring up her two children and a foster child in impossible circumstances.
Beepers, food stamps, gang violence...we're not in Huxtable-land anymore. Toto. This is comedy with an abrasively realistic edge and (by network standards) salty language. The laugh track doesn't get much of a workout, but you will sec more genuine family values in one episode of South Central than in a week of network melodrama.