Picks and Pans Review: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

updated 12/18/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/18/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC(Mon., Dec. 18, 8 P.M.ET)

C

Can you see the Cosby gamine, Keshia Knight Pulliam, as the lead in Mark Twain's classic tale? Why not? Everyone from Bing Crosby to Bugs Bunny has given it a shot. But Michael Gross as King Arthur? Emma Samms as Guinevere? René {Benson) Auberjonois as Merlin? Obviously it's time to suspend belief. In fact if you're too big to sit on Santa's lap at the mall, you better just skip this one. Pulliam is unrelentingly hyperthyroid as a 12-year-old who is thrown from a horse and wakes up in 6th-century England. The ensuing clash between modern and medieval still carries some piquancy, even handled this predictably. But is anyone but a child likely to find this fantasy in the least interesting? Surely you joust.

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