Picks and Pans Review: Tales from the Crypt: the New Arrival

updated 07/27/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/1992 01:00AM

HBO (Wed., July 22, 10 P.M. ET)

B+

Now here's a series with real family values. If you happen to be the Addams family.

This anthology show, now in its fourth season, combines humor and horror to create a mood that's like what would happen if Freddy Krueger joined the cast of Cheers. This week's installment revolves around an arrogant child psychiatrist (David Warner) who writes books with such titles as The Art of Ignoring Your Child. When a producer (Joan Severance) threatens to yank his radio talk show off the air, Warner decides to prove his worth by getting out of the studio to help a caller (Zelda Rubinstein) deal with a problem child.

Icky jokes follow, as well as a nifty little parody of Psycho. There isn't much suspense—you basically just wait to see how everybody's going to buy the farm—but then that's not what you watch Tales for. Rather, it's the gleeful goriness that sets the series apart. This is a show with plenty of guts.

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