Picks and Pans Review: Drexell's Class

updated 10/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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

F

Dabney (Buffalo Bill) Coleman is trapped in the season's worst sitcom, an abysmal show in which he plays a callous and cynical grade-school teacher, a graduate of the W. Fields School of Childcare.

How bad is it? Well, by ominous happenstance, the first episode of Drexell's Class actually used the same plot as the season opener for Growing Pains: teaching the law of gravity by allowing rowdy students to drop objects out the classroom window. When your best idea is the same as the umpteenth idea of the most creatively bankrupt show on the air, you're in deep, deep trouble. In the second episode, Coleman gets tied up and tortured by one of his young charges. Gee, maybe; that was their best idea.

You'd think that trading insults with a pack of smart-mouthed fifth graders, Coleman would win the battle of wits. Think again. "Go play tetherball with that downed power line" and "Why don't you go hug that junkyard dog next door?" are as sharp as this show gets. Randy Graff, Dakin Matthews and A. Langer costar, but let's hope not for long.

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