Picks and Pans Review: Men Don't Tell

updated 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., March 14, 9 p.m. ET)

C+

After a domestic disturbance, a woman is brought to the hospital in a coma, and her husband (Peter Strauss) is charged with attempted murder. But he says he's the victim—that his wife (Judith Light of Who's the Boss?) has been physically abusive for some time. The cops have a lot of trouble buying this story. After all, Strauss is a macho, beer-drinking guy who goes to work in a hard hat.

As Strauss is interrogated, we see his marriage in flashbacks. He walks around his house on eggshells because when Light loses her temper, she's prone to slug him in the face (and she has a pulverizing right cross that Riddick Bowe would envy).

The violence is harrowing, but the psychological profiles are disappointingly superficial. A good cast dignifies what is essentially a specious issue-of-the-week flamer. James Gammon, Stephen Lee, Carroll Baker and Noble Willingham costar.

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