Picks and Pans Review: Working

UPDATED 10/06/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/06/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

B+

This corporate sitcom shows strong profit potential in its Oct. 8 premiere, even if it does seem like How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying without music. Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) stars as a recent college graduate just starting work with a multinational company. By the end of Day One he has been oriented, disoriented, promoted and demoted. Through it all he manages to hold on to his idealism, which may doom him to the role of straight man in the weeks to come. Fortunately the office contains several colorful personalities for Savage to react to, the foremost being a boss (played to perfection by Maurice Godin) who proves that insanity is no bar to the executive dining room as long as you don't drool on your tie. The show displays a sense of the modern corporation as a theater of the absurd, but its satire needs a touch more savagery.

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