Picks and Pans Review: Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
This sitcom features comedian Mark Curry (It's Showtime at the Apollo), Holly Robinson (21 Jump Street) and Dawnn Lewis (A Different World) as housemates in Oakland.
When the focus is on the trio's fractious home life, the show is lively enough to overcome its formulaic nature. But Curry also plays a substitute teacher, which means he's often surrounded by precocious little smart alecks. (It's a mystery why sitcoms keep using classroom concepts. With such rare exceptions as Welcome Back, Kotter, the premise always makes for dismally cloying comedy.)
When they get Curry away from the blackboard, his relaxed, rubbery verve makes him the season's best comic find.