Picks and Pans Review: The Boys of Twilight

updated 03/02/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Saturdays, 10 P.M. ET)


What's not to like about this new series? It features two irresistible actors playing the long, liver-spotted arm of the law in the Utah resort town of Twilight. Richard (Comes a Horseman) Farnsworth, the silver fox with the warm, knowing eyes, plays the sheriff given to sage crime-scene deductions: "It wasn't no country person done this. A country person mighta took a gun, ax, hammer, something he could get a good hold of. But arsenic—that's a city person. That's doing it with gloves on."

His crusty, cagey deputy is played by oatmeal-loving Wilford Brimley, with his walrus mustache and spurs that jingle-jangle. He's also given to folksy clichés like "Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while."

Don't scrutinize the clues too closely or they don't hold up. Plausibility isn't a strong suit. That's because beneath the casting coup, this is essentially moldy old formula TV. Think of it as Murder, He Drawled and enjoy the stars.

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