Picks and Pans Review: Good Grief

updated 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Sundays, 9:30 P.M. ET)

D+

You've heard of Death of a Salesman; get ready for the salesman of death. Howie Mandel plays an incorrigible huckster running the Sincerity Mortuary. He sells his service in over-amped TV ads and keeps an onion handy in his desk drawer so he can weep for his bereaved clientele.

Joel (My Sister Sam) Brooks is his uptight brother-in-law and business partner, who is being driven absolutely batty by Mandel's constant scheming. Wendy Schaal, Sheldon Feldner and Tom (Newhart) Poston round out the cast of this dunderheaded farce, which exhumes every corpse gag imaginable, including "Dad wouldn't be caught dead in a dress."

Mandel's performance is so screwy and untethered that he doesn't mesh with the rest of the cast. Consequently there's no real comedic conflict. The show is so bad you may not stick around long enough to discover that it's also in bad taste.

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