Picks and Pans Review: Sugar and Spice

updated 04/23/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/23/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Fridays, 9:30 P.M. ET)


Here's prime time's other new mismatched sibling sitcom. This one's a stinker. Two sisters in a small Oklahoma town are bringing up their niece (LaVerne Anderson). Vickilyn Reynolds is the pious sis, Loretta Devine the lusty one.

The show is brain-dead, badly written and extravagantly overplayed, especially by Dana Hill as the niece's pal. But it does have the season's most fascinating character. Leslie Jordan plays a tart Okie who calls himself Monsieur Jacques. Looking like Toulouse-Lautrec with a pompadour and sounding like Richard Simmons, this would-be French small fry is a true grotesque. When he pops onto the screen, you can't take your eyes off him.

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