Picks and Pans Review: Dharma & Greg

updated 10/20/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/20/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Wednesdays, 8:30p.m. ET)


No doubt about it: Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson are cute together in this San Francisco-set situation comedy about the unlikely marriage of kooky free spirit Dharma Finkelstein and beguiled upper-crust lawyer Greg Montgomery. Early episodes had considerable success mining the humor in the cultural chasm between Dharma's aging-hippie parents (Mimi Kennedy and Alan Rachins) and Greg's stuck-up mater and pater (Susan Sullivan and Mitchell Ryan).

We will grow tired, though, if the writers don't eventually get beyond the stereotypes or if Dharma and Greg resolve every dispute by having fabulous—and cute—sex. And we may never fully accept Rachins as a slogan-spouting antiestablishmentarian with an amusingly drug-addled brain. L.A. Law's Douglas Brackman Jr. turned into some kind of Abbie Hoffman wannabe? Sometimes casting against type isn't the best idea.

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