Picks and Pans Review: Opposite Sex

updated 07/03/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/2000 01:00AM

FOX (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)

Millions of teenagers are on summer vacation. But in TV land high school is always in session. In this middling hour-long series described by FOX as a "lighthearted drama," 15-year-old Jed (Milo Ventimiglia) is unhappy to find that his widowed father has enrolled him at a previously all-girl private academy with only two other male students. ("Public school's an hour away, with no bus," Dad says. How conveniently inconvenient.) Well, Jed needn't worry. By the end of the June 28 pilot, he has two potential love interests and an increasingly positive outlook.

Lest we doubt that Jed is basically a sweet kid, he explains in the second episode that he hasn't had sex yet because he doubts his ability to make a partner feel "special." Though some viewers may be relieved to learn that a couple of other teens on the show aren't as experienced as they claim, eyebrows may rise when a popular girl (Margot Finley) conducts a very public search for students desiring to shed their virginity at a big party in her home. (Her parents? Out of town, natch.) Ventimiglia and Finley are appealing, but Opposite Sex seems undecided whether to get sensitive or let the hormones rage.

Bottom Line: Not a required class

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