Picks and Pans Review: Cop Rock

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

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

ABC (Wednesdays, 10 P.M. ET)

C

Remember the colossal film flop Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees? It may well come to mind when you see this strange hybrid series. In the middle of a strong, well-acted police drama that carries the imprint of producer Steven (Hill Street Blues) Bochco, the characters will suddenly, ludicrously, burst into song—everything from rap to gospel to lullabies to show tunes.

If the musical element seems this strained in the pilot, when the vastly talented Randy Newman is the composer of all of the songs, one dreads to think how bad it will be after the show has settled in for a few weeks and is struggling for viable melodies.

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