Picks and Pans Review: Eerie, Indiana

updated 09/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/16/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sundays, 7:30 P.M. ET)


Imagine Twin Peaks for preteens. That's the concept in this intriguing kids' fantasy series. Omri Katz is the new kid in town, a transplanted New Jerseyite who is convinced that beneath its boringly placid exterior his small Midwestern town is "the center of weirdness for the entire planet."

Katz is good as the boy who finds supermarket tabloid stories in even well-kept yard. (A guy on his paper route looks just like Elvis.) Katz gets help from Justin Shenkarow as his pal and Mary-Margaret Humes and Francis Guinan as his concerned parents.

The boy's conspiracy theories make a nifty metaphor for the wary alienation of adolescence. So while you've got on 60 Minutes, the younger set may be upstairs tuned in to this fanciful space shot.

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