Picks and Pans Review: Undercover

updated 01/14/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/14/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Saturdays, 9 P.M. ET)


Anthony John Denison and Linda Purl are your average suburban couple with three cute kids living near the Washington, D.C., Beltway. Except they have pillow talk like, "Who saved your butt in Bangkok?" You see, they're operatives for a CIA-like agency, which means they must regularly skulk off to some Third World backwater to stop an assassination or subvert a coup. Hope they have good baby-sitters.

The show, from the makers of China Beach, is more sophisticated than it sounds. But the juxtaposition of domestic and international crises doesn't wash. (Honey, you call the plumber for that clogged sink, and I'll deal with that renegade KGB agent.)

Already the acting is better than the writing deserves; that disparity is sure to grow as the insatiable demands of a weekly series stretch the action and intrigue elements thinner and thinner. John Rhys-Davies, Josef Sommer and G.W. Bailey co-star.

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