Picks and Pans Review: H.e.l.p.
On TV, ideas are rarely either created or destroyed. So a few weeks after NBC's recall of True Blue, a one-hour dramatic series about a New York City police rescue unit, ABC offers H.E.L.P., a one-hour dramatic series about a New York City emergency unit, Harlem Eastside Lifesaving Program. Same deal: A band of street-smart uniformed heroes are held together by their proud chief (a wonderfully natural John Mahoney). The show, from the same production company as Nasty Boys, is grittier, more realistic, better looking and better acted than True Blue, but, regrettably, not all that much more absorbing. I can't see it performing a lot better for ABC than the series it replaced. Yes, Mission: Impossible. You see what I mean about television and original ideas?