Picks and Pans Review: Laugh or Cry

updated 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Should homeless people who are emotionally disturbed be forced into mental institutions? That's one question raised by Asylum, a gritty and insightful documentary, (PBS, Tues., Oct. 3, 10 P.M. ET). Then lighten up with Elayne Boosler: Top Tomata, the brassy comedienne's third Showtime special. Live from Omaha-ha-ha. (Sat., Oct. 7, 10 P.M. ET)

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