Picks and Pans Review: Home Free

updated 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)


Only the premise of this sitcom, stocked with familiar TV faces, is vaguely contemporary: Because of a tough economy, two grown children, played by Matthew Perry (Sydney) and Diana Canova (Throb), are forced to move back in with their mother (It's a Living'?, Marian Mercer). Everything else about the show is strikingly dated: the writing, the way an "important" moral lesson is extruded from each episode among the gags and especially the flaccid theme song ("Brand new day/ Coming through the same old window/ Hey L.A./ Have you got a smile for me?") sung by Christopher Cross. (Boy, where'd they dig him up?)

The whole stale enterprise is the silliest kind of sitcom buffoonery. Dan Schneider (Head of the Class), Brooke Theiss (Just the Ten of Us) and Alan Oppenheimer costar.

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