Picks and Pans Review: Glory Days

updated 07/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Wednesdays, 8 P.M. ET)

C-

The Bruce Springsteen song with the same title suggests that, for many people, life goes downhill precipitously after high school. The characters in this new hour-long dramatic series make a pretty good case for that early decline. Brad Pitt, who looks like Willem Dafoe's younger, cuter brother, Spike Alexander, Evan Mirand and Nicholas Kallsen play four bestest buddies trying to negotiate the passage from teenhood to adult life. One's a cub reporter; one's a rookie cop; one's a college student and one's a goof-off.

The series wants to create the same kind of male bonding banter that levitated such films as Diner and Breaking Away, but the dialogue all too often seems overwritten. Then, too, there's no valence in the chemistry between the four, and the comedic elements don't work very well. Also, as is not unusual in this kind of theater of the adolescent, the older supporting cast (notably Beth Broderick and Robert Costanzo) ends up almost unwillingly walking away with the whole show.

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