Picks and Pans Review: Molloy

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

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

Fox (Wednesdays, 9 P.M. ET)

D

Young actress Mayim (Beaches) Bialik, who recently starred in Blossom, a failed pilot that scored well on NBC, returns in this formulaic summer sitcom. She's a sweet showbiz kid having adjustment prodlems with the mondo-materialistic Beverly Hills family into which her widower father (Kevin Scannell) has just married her.

The mood is clamorous, the gags painfully obvious and the characters paper thin. Okay, I.M. Hobson is amusing as an elderly Shakespearean type reduced to playing a giant squirrel on a kiddie TV show, but can we please declare a moratorium on Hispanic housekeeper figures (Terri Hoyos in this case)?

As for the toothy Bialik, she's a charmer, but she delivers every line with a verve that makes Ethel Merman look like a wallflower.

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