Picks and Pans Review: Tucker

UPDATED 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/02/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

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

An insult to the intelligence is bad enough, but this sitcom is an insult to stupidity. Tucker (Eli Marienthal) is a 14-year-old boy whose parents are splitting. He and his mother move in with the mother's sister (Katey Sagal). Tucker's aunt lords it over them, and her son is a sadistic lout. Tucker's problems are compounded by the fact that he's in the thrall of puberty, which in the Oct. 2 premiere provides the excuse for an excruciating running gag about how he tries to camouflage his state of arousal.

This sort of sexual humor is now acceptable family viewing, I suppose, either because of the Starr report, which made masturbation a topic of common discussion, or silly but explicit comedies like American Pie. The difference is that the Starr report and American Pie were entertaining.

Bottom Line: Brat's life!

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