12/02/1996 at 01:00 AM EST
VH1 (Mon., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET)
The video channel kicks off a four-episode rock-bio series with the life of the great, short-lived Joplin, who died of a heroin overdose at 27. (The others, airing throughout the week, are Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and the Grateful Dead.) This is a lazy show, cobbled together from archival footage. The one fresh interview is with Laura Joplin, and all she gets to do is read from her sister's letters, adding emphasis to words like "Egad!" Joplin may have been a wild woman, but as a correspondent she was Marcia Brady.