Picks and Pans Review: Sydney

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

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

CBS (Wed., 8:30 P.M. ET)

B+

With Sydney, you get the real thing. First, Eddie Van Halen plays his own guitar—the intro to Van Halen's "Finish What Ya Started" serves as theme music. Second, you get Eddie's wife, Valerie Bertinelli, who is mildly terrific as a motor-mouth private eye in Los Angeles. Also good are Matthew Perry as her conniving policeman brother and Craig Bierko (who resembles Saturday Night Live's Al Franken without the tortoise-shells) as the klutzy attorney who employs her. It's not a total laugh riot, but Bertinelli holds together a sometimes shaky fort with great flair.

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