Picks and Pans Review: Roundhouse
Nickelodeon (Saturdays, 8:30 P.M. ET)
If there is any age group that needs TV help on Saturday nights, it's tweens (8-to-14-year-olds). Their parents and older siblings are free to go out, but they're stuck at home. Nickelodeon comes to the rescue with a block of two old and two new shows expressly designed to entertain these juvie shut-ins.
The best of the new is this variety show, a hyperactive mix of comedy, song and dance performed by a spirited and versatile young ensemble. The hit-or-miss humor aptly focuses on family and school foibles and on spoofs of TV targets, including Pauly Shore, Beverly Hills, 90210 and assorted commercials.
The show is preceded by Clarissa Explains It All for You, the engagingly breezy suburban sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart, and is followed by The Ren & Stimpy Show, the bizarre hellzapoppin' cult cartoon, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a sputtering new anthology series in which kids tell scary stories around a campfire. As for Roundhouse...
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