This 'Frasier' is laugh-out-loud funny


May 05, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

I don't normally recommend fights on TV, but the bout tonight is too good to miss. On NBC at 9:30, the top ticket is Frasier vs. Frasier -- and it's the best fur-flying showdown since Alexis vs. Krystle on "Dynasty." Also tonight: Part 2 of "Prime Suspect 3" on PBS and Hillary Clinton on CNN's "Larry King Live."

* "Christy." (8-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In the '70s, about the same time Judy Collins was singing "Send in the Clowns," John Schneider was starring as one of the Duke boys in "The Dukes of Hazzard." Tonight their lives and careers intersect, as they both guest-star on "Christy." Mr. Schneider plays a man gathering oral history, and Ms. Collins, who sings "Amazing Grace," plays a woman whose stories and music he is eager to hear. This is the last "Christy" of the season. CBS.

* "The Simpsons." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Last week, Bart got Principal Skinner in trouble. This week, in the first episode, Bart can get someone OUT of trouble, but only if he gets IN trouble with Skinner. The second episode is a repeat, but is one of the show's very best: It's the 1992 episode in which Marge leads a crusade against cartoon violence. Fox.

* "Wings." (8:30-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tonight's guest star is Charles Rocket, who, on "Saturday Night Live," used the F-word on live TV long before the recent "trend." NBC.

* "Seinfeld." (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Two new "Seinfeld" episodes in as many weeks: Since the earthquake hit the "Seinfeld" production offices and set fairly hard, that's a recent record. NBC.

* "Mystery!: 'Prime Suspect 3.' " (9-10 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67) -- Part 2 of 4. Tonight's the night when Jane Tennison (the superb Helen Mirren) learns of deeper ties between the murder she's investigating and the potentially corrupt police officials above her. PBS.

* "Frasier." (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- I laughed out loud several times watching this episode, which has Frasier and Niles (Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce) attempting to collaborate on a book, and going from pounding out an opening sentence to pounding on one another. The continuation of the "Cheers" spirit, has never seemed more inspired. NBC.

* "L. A. Law." (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- What comes before penultimate? Pencilultimate? Whatever -- this is the next-to-next-to-last episode of "L.A. Law," which closes its law-firm doors on May 19. NBC.


* "Larry King Live." (9-10 p.m., CNN) -- Tonight's guest, interviewed live: Hillary Clinton.

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