Picks and Pans Main: Tube

updated 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

The woman-in-peril plot has long been a staple of made-for-TV movies. But in this month's ratings sweeps, the viciousness and brutality reachs unprecedented levels. So far we've had Jaclyn Smith as a doctor who finds that the patient on her operating table is none other than the man who raped her; Donna Mills as a woman wrongly convicted of murder and brutalized in prison. This week Valerie Bertinelli joins the crowd (see review). Still to come: Meredith Baxter walking the streets, using herself as bait to catch the rapist who attacked her daughter. For balance we're given Judith Light as a woman who murders her husband and poisons her daughter. If the networks are correct that it takes programming this graphic and shocking to get our attention, we have come to a sorry pass indeed.

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