Picks and Pans Review: The Torkelsons
NBC (Saturdays, 8:30 P.M. ET)
Here's NBC's other yokel yuk-fest. Olivia Burnette plays a sensitive 14-year-old constantly mortified by her scheming white-trash mama (Connie Ray) and her crude brothers and sisters.
The producers of this show should be paying All My Children royalties, because the sitcom's anchor, Ray's resourceful rube, is a clear clone of AMC's popular Opal character.
Beyond its derivativeness, the show bounces disconcertingly between cheap humiliation humor and cheaper sentimentality. The most interesting aspect is the casting of William Schallert as a boarder. He doesn't look all that different than he did three decades ago as Dad on The Patty Duke Show.
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