Picks and Pans Review: Things I Hate About You

updated 07/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bravo (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

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While amiable and inoffensive as reality series go, this new one has a slight credibility problem.

Both parties in a long-term relationship pick their partner's worst habits, giving the list to the producers but not to each other. Then cameras record their daily lives so a panel can decide whether the man or the woman is more irritating. But surely the two partners have an inkling of the other's pet peeves. Since the person judged less annoying wins a prize, don't you think they'd try to be on their best behavior? Nah. In the July 20 premiere, we see the guy belch often and unabashedly, while the gal dotes disgustingly on their dog.

Though the show is too long at a full hour, it has its pluses. There's a new couple every week, so you'll never lack for fresh foibles to study. The first twosome, coworkers at a radio station, stay likable even when complaining. And host Mo Rocca has the right wry attitude.


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