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updated 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Now is the autumn of our network discontent made glorious spring. Well, sort of. The fact is that a misbegotten television year is being somewhat redeemed by a vital second season. Three more new series debut this week (see below). But before we get any deeper into the calendar, I want to recommend my candidate for sleeper hit of the year. It's ABC's Family Matters (Fridays, 8:30 P.M. ET), a warm, engaging family comedy with an extremely likable cast headed up by that genie of geniality, Reginald VelJohnson. The sitcom is a simple—okay, okay, usually simpleminded—pleasure, but it's consistently diverting.

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