Picks and Pans Review: Strip Mall
Wallowing in sex and reveling in tackiness—or vice versa—this comedy serial loves being lowbrow. The June 18 premiere opens with waitress Patty (professional dumb blonde Victoria Jackson) boasting of the plate in her head and decorating herself with a refrigerator magnet. In episode 2, she sticks her car keys on her temple. I smell a running gag.
Julie Brown has the lead role of Tammi (pronounced Ta-MEE), a former TV child star reduced to working with Patty at a dreary bar in a San Fernando Valley strip mall. Tammi impulsively marries a fat, lustful dry cleaner named Krudup (ha!), then plots his murder. Neighboring merchants include a raffish Russian whose video store is a front for porno filmmaking, a gift-shop owner who performs in the skin flicks and a couple of rompin' lesbians who run a Chinese restaurant. I admit laughing when Tammi got turned on by a hot Chihuahua, but I wouldn't come to Strip Mall for quality goods.
Bottom Line: Cut-rate