Picks and Pans Review: N.y.p.d. Mounted

updated 08/05/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/05/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sat., Aug. 3, 8 P.M. ET)

C

Another frantic, failed pilot trying too hard to stand out from the pack, this action-comedy focuses on the ever-so-wacky guys in Manhattan's police equestrian unit.

Dan Gauthier plays a transplanted rodeo cowboy (Whoa, shades of McCloud), Dennis (Hill Street Blues) Franz plays his partner, a seen-it-all New Yorker. (Bet those horses winced every time the portly Franz showed up for a scene.) Cliff DeYoung and Roxann Biggs costar.

The pace is steeplechase jumpy and there are lots of attitude-heavy pseudo-New York bit characters around to liven things up.

The script, though, lurches toward the outrageous: A runaway stallion gallops through Macy's and a clothes-shredding Bengal tiger prowls the streets. Horse 54, where are you?

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