Picks and Pans Review: Working Girl

updated 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Mondays, 8:30 P.M. ET)

B

A bright, ambitious young woman from the wrong side of the Staten Island Ferry wants to climb out of the secretarial pool and up the corporate ladder in Manhattan. Yes, this sitcom starring Sandra Bullock is based on the Melanie Griffith feature film—for about 12 minutes into the initial episode.

Then our heroine is promoted to marketing executive. So much for the original premise.

Judy Prescott is good in the role played by Joan Cusack in the movie, that of the aspiring exec's tempest-haired best friend. At least she's got the guttural outer-borough accent down. Bullock, on the other hand, is too preppy for someone who, like Dobie Gillis, grew up above the family grocery store. Even before Bullock's promotion, she looks and sounds like she just stepped off the 7:18 from Scarsdale.

There is a nice, relaxed quality to the cast and the writing, though. Also to its credit, the show is a little more character-driven than your standard yuk-yuk.

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