Cinemax airs terrific 'Marathon Man'

TODAY'S TV

February 08, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

You want three hours of good TV? Watch "Marathon Man" on Cinemax, then switch to "NYPD Blue" on ABC.

* "Saved By the Bell: The College Years" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The best news of the night: This is the last first-run network episode of this brain-dead series, which has proven so insufferably inane it makes "Archie" look like "Ulysses." Its retreat from the network schedule indicates that maybe, just maybe, taste and justice prevail on TV after all. NBC.

* "Full House" (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Helen Fitzgerald, author of "The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide," has given a positive review to this episode of "Full House," which shows how Michelle (a role tag-teamed by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) reacts to the death of her grandfather. "I liked the way the point was made that it's OK to cry," she says, adding that she "liked the ending." Not so incidentally, Ms. Fitzgerald served as a consultant on this particular episode. Good grief. ABC.

* "Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story" (9-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- One of the new fall series premiering on Tuesdays at the start of the season was Fox's "Bakersfield, P.D.," which opened with the realization that a cop's son actually was fathered by a fertility specialist who was substituting his own sperm during the artificial insemination process. That realization jTC was played for laughs. This one, based on a real case, is not, and stars George Dzundza as the physician and Melissa Gilbert as one of his patients. CBS.

* "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- John Wesley Shipp continues his flashy guest role as abrasive cop Roy Larsen. ABC.

* "Power Plays" (9-11 p.m., WMPT, channels 22/67) -- Second othree parts. Today's big topics: football and baseball. PBS. Cable

* "Marathon Man" (8-10 p.m., MAX) -- Before you sit down to watch this superb 1976 thriller, ask yourself: Is it safe?

* "The Getaway" (9-11 p.m., LIF) -- Tonight's extra-credit essay test: Watch this 1972 action movie, paying particular attention to the mannequin-like performance by Ali MacGraw. Then go see the current remake, closely watching for the equally inanimate Kim Basinger. Compare and contrast.

* "Comic Relief VI Highlights" (10 p.m.-midnight, HBO) -- Two hours of a four-hour show as highlights? That's not really cutting very much. Which reminds me: If you must watch, keep a running count of the endless Bobbitt jokes.

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