Picks and Pans Review: Angel Street

updated 09/14/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/1992 01:00AM

CBS (Tues., Sept. 15, 9 P.M. ET)

B-

Robin Givens and Pamela Gidley star as a newly matched pair of Chicago homicide detectives coping with racism, sexism and an impossible caseload. Givens is the more stylish and ambitious partner. Gidley just wants to be accepted as one of the guys in the squad room. Maybe then they'll stop pulling pranks like hiding her desk in a closet.

The action is pretty flimsy. In one scene, Givens pursues guest star Abraham Benrubi (Kubiac on Parker Lewis) through a Chinese restaurant. He turns and throws a cured duck at her and knocks her flat on her back. Geez, the thing must weigh a good pound and a half. The dialogue rings false too, as when Givens threatens a dockworker: "I do believe that I've noticed some white powder on your jacket, requiring me to handcuff you right here in your place of employment and take you downtown for a nice lengthy cavity search."

In its favor, Angel Street, shot in Chicago, has more genuine urban feel than any series except New York City's Law & Order. And the attractive female pairing sets it apart from most stop-or-I'll-shoot sagas. Beginning Sept. 26, the show gets buried in a slumberous Saturday-night time period at 10 P.M. ET.

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