Picks and Pans Review: Alright Already
updated 10/06/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/06/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Carol Leifer, successful writer (The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld) and stand-up comic, would seem to be pressing her luck as creator-star of this month-old series. The characters, including hers, are not endearing. The situations are sometimes strained to the breaking point. But Alright Already is all right at one thing: delivering laughs. Leifer plays a Miami Beach optometrist with a disappointing love life, a plight she shares with her best friend (Amy Yasbeck). But Leifer's family is the show's more reliable source of humor: her parents (Jerry Adler and Mitzi McCall), whose horizons are limited by the boundaries of their stereotypical South Florida retirement community; her sister (Stacy Galina), who recently moved into Dad and Mom's condo and promptly turned prematurely crotchety; and her brother (Maury Sterling), a rather scuzzy would-be swinger. We expected Galina's act to get old fast, but at this point she's still cracking us up.