Picks and Pans Review: Family Dog

updated 06/28/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/28/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)

C

This oft-delayed animated comedy has been in the works since the canine character first appeared as a short created by Tim Burton (Batman) for Steven Spielberg's mid-'80s anthology series for NBC, Amazing Stories. It sure wasn't worth the interminable delay.

The show follows the misadventures of an ungainly cur trying to win the affection of his repulsive human owners. (Martin Mull provides the voice for the big-bottomed father.) The animation is clunky (about on a par with The Pink Panther); the gags are gross and not even remotely funny.

In recent years, TV animation has evolved rapidly in terms of wit and daring with such shows as The Simpsons, Rugrats, Doug, and Ren & Stimpy. While Family Dog has been sitting on the shelf, it's gotten awfully stale.

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