Picks and Pans Review: Regular Joe

updated 04/07/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/07/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Fridays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

Though I fondly remember Daniel Stern's narration on The Wonder Years, I'm starting to think he's better heard than seen. Stern portrayed a single dad last season in the short-lived dud Danny; now he's a widower and father of two in this charmless new sitcom.

Joe (Stern), who runs a hardware store in Queens, lives with gawky teen son Grant (John Francis Daley) and daughter Joanie (Kelly Karbacz), a college freshman with a baby girl but no husband or boyfriend. Joe's pop, Baxter (Judd Hirsch), comes over often to put in his two cents. The family comedy is so barren you'll wish the infant would crack wise à la Baby Bob. For workplace humor, there's Brian George (Babu on Seinfeld) as an excitable Indian employee. Apparently we're supposed to crack up when he uses American slang.

BOTTOM LINE: Regular junk

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