Picks and Pans Review: Shaky Ground

updated 12/21/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/21/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fox (Sundays, 7:30 P.M. ET)

B-

Fox's reconfigured Sunday night lineup now kicks off with episodes of the afternoon cartoon Batman, followed by this new sitcom. Matt Frewer plays a mid-level aerospace worker with a wife (Robin Riker of Get a Life) and the usual kitchen full of benighted brats. Harold Sylvester plays his office pal.

This being Fox, you can expect some crass gags about PMS and bowel movements. But the humor is generally more clever than that of this show's grosser cousins. For instance, Frewer, trying to get through on the phone to his cable company, says, "They've had me on hold forever. I've listened to 'Muskrat Love' so many times that I'm actually starting to consider it."

Frewer brings the same antic-comic approach to this show that he did to Max Headroom and Doctor, Doctor. Though the plots revolve around the usual sitcom lunacy, anchoring Frewer's hornet-in-a-bottle style with Riker's and Sylvester's solid support gives the show balance.

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