Picks and Pans Review: Funniest Families of TV Comedy

UPDATED 07/26/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/26/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Mon., July 19, 9:30 p.m. ET)

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"If watching Kelly Ripa and me get down and dirty with whipped cream and chocolate syrup is your thing, then you've come to the right place," host Faith Ford says—or should I say warns?—on this Museum of Television & Radio special. Fortunately, the food fight from last year's Hope & Faith premiere is only a small part of the 90-minute program. Funniest Families contains a number of clips that justify the title, from The Honeymooners and All in the Family to Roseanne and King of the Hill.

The interviews aren't much more than filler, except for Everybody Loves Raymond co-creator Phil Rosenthal's suggestion that he might prolong an argument at home to get material for the show. The segment on extended families casts an awfully wide net to bring in clips from Seinfeld and Friends. But the special is good for a few summer laughs.

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