Picks and Pans Review: God, the Devil and Bob

updated 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

If you believe the adage that two out of three ain't bad, this new animated comedy is more than half decent. God (voiced by James Garner) and the Devil (Alan Cumming) are funny beings. Bob (French Stewart) is a shiftless, porn-watching autoworker resembling the household heads on such shows as Family Guy and Married...with Children. Unfortunately, the Almighty and Lucifer strike a deal in the premiere (Thurs., March 9, at 8:30 p.m.) that makes Bob responsible for proving the redeemability of the human race.

Those who aren't theological sticklers will enjoy the back-and-forth between a casual deity who looks like a retired hippie and a petulant prince of darkness who needs reassurance that he's the darkest of them all. But there's an over-familiar ring to the bickering of Bob, his wife (Laurie Metcalf) and their adolescent daughter (Nancy Cartwright).

Bottom Line: Not divine but blessed with a sense of humor

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