Picks and Pans Review: Danger Theatre

updated 07/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Sundays, 7:30 p.m. ET)

C+

Staring solemnly into the camera and rattling off his lines with characteristic deadpan urgency, Robert Vaughn is the perfect host for this half-hour takeoff on a crime-action TV series. This is not exactly a genre that is crying out for parody, but since Airplane!, just about any piece of junk can serve as a target. Danger Theatre is actually two shows, both so-so: The first is The Searcher, with Diedrich Bader as a darkly handsome, deeply stupid. macho do-gooder. Bader is amusing, in a full-lipped, full-throated way (although, come to think of it, that description would apply just as well to Rosalind Russell). The premise, in any event, is too vague to generate very much fun. The second series, Tropical Punch, is a Hawaii-based crime segment stalling old Batman himself Adam West, as a police chief who, like Bader, is mentally opaque. At least you gel to hear West sing the Don Ho classic "Tiny Bubble's."

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