Picks and Pans Review: Cutters

updated 06/21/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/21/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Fridays, 8:30 p.m. FT)


Set in Buffalo, this summer sitcom concerns an old-fashioned father-and-son barbershop (run by Dakin Matthews and Robert Hays) sharing space with a chic beauty salon (staffed by Margaret Whitton and Julia Campbell). The male side of the fence is stale and tiresome, even resorting to jokes about ogling native women in National Geographic. (Gee, last lime I heard that I fell out of my Kdsel.) Julius J. Carry III plays a stylist who was once an Olympic hurdler and now has come out of the closet, losing all his commercial endorsements in the process. Cracks Matthews: "You try the Froot Loops people?"

In the female sector, the acting is worse (with the exception of the magisterial Whitton), but the gags are marginally better. In other words, the whole thing is a wash. At least it's not a perm. This sham is history after five weeks, which, by the way, is about as long as summer lasts in Buffalo.

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