Picks and Pans Review: Roc

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

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

Fox (Sundays, 8:30 P.M. ET)


In a sturdy sitcom, Charles Dutton plays Roc, a garbage-man living in a Baltimore row house.

As straight man, Dutton glowers, moans and fumes as he deals with his scheming sharpie brother (Rocky Carroll) and his opinionated and cranky father (Carl Gordon). The sparkling Ella Joyce plays Roc's wife.

Creator Stan (Taxi) Daniels clearly has the pieces in place for comic conflict. But the writing undercuts a talented cast. ("They call him Wiz 'cause he some kind of electronic wizard?" asks Carroll of a local guy. "Nah, 'cause he got a problem with his bladder," says Dutton.)

Still, this is a decent kind of sitcom. At the end, you don't feel too guilty about the time you just killed.

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