Picks and Pans Review: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

UPDATED 05/29/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/29/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Thur., May 25, 10 P.M. ET)


There's something warm and comfortable about these guys. Time passes, but they never seem to change their basic shtik. What has changed is their impact: The Brothers' political satire, once considered so controversial that CBS threw them off the air, now seems pretty tame stuff. The theme of Tom and Dick's outing is truly frightening stuff, in which they spoof assault rifles, Dan Quayle, street gangs and the film Nightmare on Elm Street. But the only bit with a real edge features comics Barry Crimmins, Will Durst and Kevin Rooney as bored Secret Service agents sitting around a poker table making wry political observations on everything from health care to peacekeeping missiles. Other guests include comics Pat Paulsen, Bill Dana, Paul Rodriquez, Jim Stafford and a folk-pop group. Peace, love and middle age: It just isn't the same.

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