Picks and Pans Review: Herman's Head

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

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

Fox (Sundays, 9:30 P.M. ET)


Remember the sketch in the Woody Allen movie Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex in which Burt Reynolds, Tony Randall and others played the interior machinery of a man? You know, the one where Woody himself played a sperm very reluctant to do his duty. This clumsy sitcom takes that idea, then cheapens, vulgarizes and runs it into the ground. Ah, television, gotta love it!

As William (Fright Night) Rags-dale leads his life as a researcher at a magazine publishing house, we can see the warring impulses battling it out in his head—namely his anxiety (Rick Lawless), his intellect (Peter Mackenzie), his sensitivity (Molly Hagan) and his unbridled lust (Ken Hudson Campbell, doing a bad John Belushi imitation). On a crowded attic set—get it, they live on the top floor—these four argue with utter predictability about every decision.

Ragsdale has vigor, and the office scenes, featuring Jason Bernard, Yeardley Smith, Jane Sibbett and Hank Azaria, work moderately well without the intrusion of the barbershop quartet in his cerebellum. That gimmick, however, makes the show unbearably contrived.

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