Picks and Pans Review: Like Family

updated 10/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

WB (Fridays, 8:30 p.m. ET)


"Good morning, my multigenerational, multiethnic family," teen Keith (J Mack Slaughter) says in this uninspired sitcom. Did he lift that line from a WB press release?

Keith and his single mom, Maddie (Diane Farr), have moved in with her friend Tanya (Holly Robinson Peete). That inconveniences Tanya's spouse, Ed (beefy Kevin Michael Richardson, who shoulders most of the comic responsibility), their kids Danika (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and Bobby (B.J. Mitchell), and Ed's pop (J. Anthony Brown). Though Keith and Maddie are white and their hosts are black, the show refrains from beating the racial angle to death. But it's too crude and obvious in other respects (oh, that toilet humor in the opener) to deserve points for restraint.

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