The best things in viewers' life are free


September 01, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

No complaints about TV tonight -- not when there's a new episode of "My So-Called Life," followed by a very funny repeat episode of "Seinfeld." Two consecutive hours of good entertainment on free TV: What a bargain. What a concept.

* "My So-Called Life" (8-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- This excellent family drama examines, once again, both the follies and the follicles of its female characters. Last week, Angela (Clare Danes) dyed her hair red and shocked her mother; on tonight's episode, Angela's mother (Bess Armstrong) cuts her hair and shocks her husband. A more serious subplot involves a crush, a secret rendezvous and the abuse of a friendship on the high school level. Another wonderful episode; if you missed last week's premiere, jump aboard now, before it's too late. ABC.

* "Martin" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 45) -- On this third-season premiere, Martin (Martin Lawrence) joins a strange religious cult, which worships a rock. Fox.

* "Living Single" (8:30-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- This series begins its second season with an odd couple, or at least an odd coupling: It seems that Max (Erika Alexander) and Kyle (T. C. Carson) have spent the night together. Fox.

* "Seinfeld" (9-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- Guest star Judge Reinhold earned an Emmy nomination for his bizarre, playful work here as a boyfriend of Elaine's who seems way too nice, and, when talking, leans in way too close. NBC.

* "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (9-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- Part 1 of 2. This two-part season finale is being repeated by ABC on Thursdays as an obvious test to see whether the show can fare better here than in its Sunday slot, where it soon faces "The Simpsons" as well as "seaQuest DSV" and the invulnerable "Murder, She Wrote." This test will reveal whether or not moving "Lois & Clark" is a Super idea. ABC.


* "Red Sun Rising" (9-10:40 p.m., HBO) -- This 1993 cop drama is not to be confused with the 1993 cop drama "Rising Sun" -- or, for that matter, with the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Bad Moon Rising."

* "Boxing Helena" (9:30-11:20 p.m., SHO) -- New prank phone call: "Say, do you have Helena in a box? Let her out." Some actresses would have given an arm and a leg to play the title role in this mondo bizarro 1993 allegory; Sherilyn Fenn went twice that far, at least on-screen.

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