09/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT
NBC (Sundays, 8 P.M. ET)
One of TV's most cherished stars, James Garner returns in a sitcom as a hustler who takes his ex-wife's city council seat when she dies. He soon turns public service into a racket.
Kate Mulgrew has a nice turn as the politically astute mayor. Corinne Bohrer and George Wyner costar.
But Rockford II this ain't. In fact, it's a sour one-joke proposition: All the scams end up smelling like roses. Garner is that rare star whose charm can carry a show. Why give him a character too cynical for Dabney Coleman?