Picks and Pans Review: Down Home

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

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

NBC (Saturdays, 10:30 P.M. ET)

D+

In her first TV series, Judith Ivey is a Manhattan corporate type who returns to the backwater Texas Gulf Coast town she grew up in. This sitcom is poison for Ivey. It's harsh, clangorous and, most unforgivable, totally unamusing. (The only decent character is Timothy Scott's airhead mayor.) Instead of being colorful, the redneck setting is condescendingly handled. The trendy sitcom formula of subtle satire fails here. Even when Down Home is operating at full speed, it plays no better than the worst episode of Coach.

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