Picks and Pans Review: Nashville Beat

updated 10/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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B

Martin Milner and Kent McCord, who were great together in the series Adam 12, have reteamed in this pilot that again has our heroes playing policemen (only this time in Nashville). This show plays like fifty something. But that's not a put-down. Indeed, this potential series has a lot going for it. Save for one especially corn-pone joke, the script is good and well executed, especially by the leads and co-star John Terlesky, who plays a young cop. (Last week Terlesky gave another good performance as the rapist in the CBS telefilm When He's Not a Stranger.) The show also has some funky new country music, along with a few old standards like Patsy Cline's "Crazy." Nashville Beat is not brainy drama, and it's in no imminent danger of making the world forget Hill Street Blues. But, hey, I grew up watching Milner-McCord, and once a fan always a fan. I would watch these guys read the Penal Code.

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