Picks and Pans Review: Flesh 'n Blood

updated 09/23/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/23/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Fridays, 9:30 P.M. ET)

B

Lisa Darr, a Baltimore prosecutor on the fast track, is an adoptee looking to find out more about her biological family. She gets more than she bargained for in a wild swamp dog of a brother (David Keith) with Elvisy scimitar sideburns and two gamey kids (Chris Stacy and Meghan Andrews). "Whoa," Keith exults at their reunion, "a sister and gun permit in the same week."

Keith goes at the role pompadour and tongs, Darr is a marvelous straight woman, and the supporting cast is sharp. The show is crisply written even if the punch lines are hit-or-miss and the setups a mite labored.

And Keith's character, tossing off those cracked but colorful country aphorisms ("I guess that's about as plain as ketchup on eggs"), clears up one mystery. Now we know who's been writing Dan Rather's ad-libs all these years.

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