Picks and Pans Review: A Cinema of Sitcoms

updated 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

>EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

BABY BOOMERS, RAISED IS THE COMFORTING, low-radiation glow of the television set, are now fully grown and running the country. They are also raising new generations in front of the tube, flooding their little minds with such cable programming as Nick at Nite, which is one vintage sitcom after another. So it's not surprising that this tele-conditioned nation made a $111 million hit out of the Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons turned classic '60s sitcom, The Addams Family.

Now Hollywood is at work on a slew of new movies—either ready-to-go or in-the-making—based on other old series, including The Beverly Hillbillies, The Brady Bunch, Car 54, Where Are You?, Dennis the Menace (also cartoon-inspired), a live-action version of The Flintstones and, of course, The Addams Family 2. So don't touch that dial. Just head for the multiplex. Or the hills.

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