Picks and Pans Review: Free Spirit

UPDATED 10/02/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/02/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sun., Oct. 1, 8 P.M. ET)

F

Insipid and charmless, this sitcom came this close to being TV's worst new show. (CBS's The People Next Door still outranks it.) In this Bewitched rip-off, perky Corinne Bohrer stars as a childlike housekeeper to three kids and their divorced dad (Franc Luz).The kids know she has magic powers and try to keep Dad from finding out. Edan Gross, who plays youngest son Gene, is talented. He was funny last year on NBC's Empty Nest (as a boy who had a crush on nurse La-Verne), and he deserves better. So does the whole cast. The gags are wretched: Dad, about to fire Winnie, says: "I've already got three kids around here. I don't need a fourth." Says she: "This family is a kid short. The kid in you." Blecch! ABC says that to "research" her role, Bohrer is studying witchcraft. Perhaps she can conjure up some laughs.

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