Picks and Pans Review: Eureka's Castle

updated 09/04/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/04/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Nickelodeon (Mon., Sept. 4, 11:30 A.M. ET)

C-

Billing itself as the most ambitious program for preschoolers since Sesame Street, this daily, hour-long show is set mostly inside a castle filled with wacky puppet creations. Funny how much these puppets resemble Jim Henson's characters. Eureka, the girl who runs the castle—she's the offspring of a wizard and a fairy godmother—looks like Kermit the Frog in a Goldie Hawn wig. A baby dragon named Magellan with a floppy tail seems to be doing a Big Bird impression. Unfortunately the show—or at least the premiere episode—lacks Sesame Street's inspired wit. Can you say "derivative"?

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