Picks and Pans Review: Johnny Bago

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

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

CBS (Fridays, 10 p.m. ET)

B

In this eight-week adventure comedy series, Peter Dobson (Lenny) plays a small-time New York City hood just out of jail. His ex-wife (Rose Abdoo), who until recently has been sending him death threats, is now his parole officer. Dobson has been on the streets about two hours when he's framed for the murder of a Mob kingpin. On the run from hit men and a maniacally determined Abdoo, he takes off across the country in an old RV.

The pilot, directed by series producer Robert Zemeckis (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), is a delight: funny, flavorful, punchily paced and full of great supporting actors (Dub Taylor, Art La Fleur, Brion James, Michael V. Gazzo). Once the premise has been set up and Dobson begins his flight, the series doesn't hold the road well at all. Dobson does, however, bring some engaging energy to the role of the flustered fugitive.

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