Picks and Pans Review: South Central

updated 04/25/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/25/1994 01:00AM

Fox (Tuesdays. 8 p.m. ET)

B+

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.

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