Picks and Pans Review: Step by Step

UPDATED 09/30/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/30/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Fridays, 8:30 P.M. ET)

C+

In this brazen, prat-fallen Brady Bunch mutation, Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers play a couple entering into their second marriage. He's a slob; she's a neatnik.

Their kids, three each, get along like the Hatfields and the McCoys. The best of the brood is played by series veteran Staci Keanan, who looks eerily like Marisa Ryan, her teen counterpart on Major Dad.

The kids all spout precocious one-liner's. "I don't think I should go to school. I have a fever," says tomboy Christine Lakin to Duffy. "Hmmm, feels like a spelling test." he replies, touching her forehead. "I knew I should have gone with the spastic colon," she says.

If most sitcoms are lowbrow, this one is chin hair. "She is not a bimbo," Duffy says, defending his bride to his son. "She reads books. Hardbacks."

The best that can be said is that the stars, after desperately overplaying the humor in the pilot, are settling into an easy rhythm, and the show has spunk and a snappy pace.

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