Picks and Pans Review: Parenthood

updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Thurs., Sept. 6, 10 P.M. ET)

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All in all, this nicely crafted comedy-drama about an extended family fares well in its journey from film to TV. Okay, it's not as witty, poignant or ably acted as Ron Howard's 1989 film, but then a certain amount of dilution is inevitable on television. (And you know this is TV because a few weeks ago, when NBC previewed Parenthood, the show's theme song, "Love to See You Smile" by Randy Newman, popped up a second time halfway through as the jingle of a toothpaste commercial.)

The series is still better written and more touching than most. In a large ensemble (including Ed Begley Jr., William Windom, Sheila MacRae and Ken Ober), the standouts are Maryedith Burrell, Jayne Atkinson and Susan Norman. The program eventually will air Saturdays at 8.

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