Picks and Pans Review: A Man Called Hawk

updated 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Saturdays, 9 P.M. ET)


As an exercise in racial insult and stereotypes, think of this as an armed Amos 'n' Andy, where the black men are large and frightening and the white men are wimpy and evil, and nobody's just nice. In a spinoff from the late Spenser: for Hire, Avery Brooks plays a fashion-plate tough guy who roughs up people, takes pride in carrying an illegal weapon and speaks in a combination growl-grunt-purr or in bad greeting-cardese: "No more negative. Hand's been dealt." The year has barely begun, and we have a leading candidate for worst show of '89.

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