Picks and Pans Review: The Outsiders

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

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

Fox (Sun., March 25, 9:30 P.M. ET)

B

Based on the 1983 film of the same name, this show does a fair job of approximating the ethos of its cinematic predecessor; it's just tamer and more wholesome—in other words, tube broken.

A gang of rebellious but good-hearted greasers in 1960s Tulsa go around bonding with each other and rumbling with the city's more affluent jocks. At the center is a trio of parentless brothers, played by Boyd Kestner, Rodney (Salsa) Harvey and Jay R. Ferguson. The gang's belligerent badass is portrayed by Robert Rusler, and Kim (Heathers) Walker appears as the babe.

The series, which moves into its regular I slot next week at 7 P.M., has a high-gloss visual style that recalls last year's short-lived Dream Street, but the teenage angst hangs a little too thick for this to appeal to mature audiences. The casting is good, though. With all those brooding, pomaded hunkitos strutting around with their I shirts cut off at the shoulder—well, it I should do pretty well at attracting its target audience.

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