Picks and Pans Review: Fm

UPDATED 04/02/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/02/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Wed., March 28, 9:30 P.M. ET)

C+

Returning after a brief tryout run last summer, this sitcom about a Washington, D.C., radio station has the same bright-eyed, genial but overeager tone that marked Just in Time, Tim Matheson's short-lived 1988 comedy.

WGEO has talk shows, comedy, classical and rock music and the on-air personalities to play all of them (Fred Applegate, Patricia Richardson, John Kassir, James A very and star Robert Hays, still trying to live up to his Airplane! performance). You know any stations that diverse?

The humor is rather forced, and the punch lines often telegraphed. WKRP in Cincinnati it's not. (By the way, MTM, the production company behind FM, is trying to bring back WKRP next year.) Because Hays is appealing, the show is likable. But it would be a lot better off if Hays could barter some of his charm for some jokes.

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