Picks and Pans Review: Normal Life

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

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

CBS (Wed., 8 P.M. ET)


Who could have imagined that Frank Zappa, the occult leader of the Mothers of Invention, would have kids, that he'd name them Dweezil and Moon Unit, and that one day these two would have their own "wacky" domestic comedy? If Arthur Godfrey could see us now...

As is so often the case in TV, the concept is much more interesting than the execution. Normal Life is a remarkably lame sitcom in which Max Gail and Cindy Williams preside over a household that includes the Zappas and younger brother Josh Williams. While Dweezil comes across as a dweeb, Moon Unit is a natural. Unfortunately, the show is annoyingly artificial (Dweezil illustrates a brotherly sermon on individuality by playing Eddie Van Halen riffs on a guitar) and terribly unfunny (Mom scares off a burglar by announcing, "My daughter and I have seen Karate Kid I, II and III").

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