'Sisters' hug good-bye

Today's TV

May 04, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

After six seasons, it's time to bid the Sisters Reed good-bye. Say what you will about this NBC series, but there was nothing else like it on TV. Remember the furor it caused that first season, with an opening scene of the four sisters in a sauna, garbed in naught but towels? You'll be glad to know that scene is reprised tonight.

"The Bottom Line" (11 a.m.-noon, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Host Kweisi Mfume and a studio audience grill a panel of experts on whether society is better served by throwing drug abusers in jail or by trying to wean them off their addictions. The guests include U.S. drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III.

"Dragnet" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks star in this big-screen adaptation that is, unfortunately, rarely as (intentionally) funny as the original "Dragnet" was (unintentionally) funny. ABC.

"Sisters" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Like I've said, it's always something on this show, and tonight's series finale is no exception. Prodigal daughter Frankie comes back, Teddy's unborn baby may have health problems, Big Al and Little Al are about to head south, and somebody dies. Nicely indicative of the series' strengths and weaknesses -- the sisters' dialogue with their past lives has always added mystical whimsy, but some plot points are wrapped up a bit too conveniently -- this serves as a fitting end to the series' 6-year run. NBC.

"Saturday Night Live" (11: 30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- For the third time since September, "SNL" is serving up a best-of-the-new-season compilation. Sounds like just so many acts of desperation to me. NBC.

Cable

"Jonny Quest" marathon (8 a.m.-6 p.m., also 8 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, Cartoon Network) -- Every episode of "Jonny Quest," aired back-to-back? To what do we owe this unabridged pleasure? Well, it seems the Cartoon Network will be airing a new series, "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest," come August, so this is the last time you'll be able to watch the originals here.

"The Cocoanuts" (9 a.m.-11 a.m., Comedy Central) -- This first Marx Brothers film is not only funny, but it's a good example of what early sound films were like: rough sound, restricted movements, lots of odd-looking plants and furniture in which to hide microphones. Essentially a straight reconstruction of the stage play, "Cocoanuts" includes one of the Brothers' most famous bits, Groucho and Chico trying to figure out, "Why a Duck?"

"Let's Spend the Night Together" (10 p.m.-midnight, A&E) -- Director Hal Ashby's video record of the Rolling Stones' 1981 American tour is nowhere near as good as having been there. But if you weren't one of the fortunate few

"The Anti-Gravity Room" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- Michael Fishman, D.J. on "Roseanne," is the guest host for this look at comic-book superhero teams. As a long-time devotee of the Fantastic Four and the Justice League of America, I hope young Michael doesn't give short shrift to us old-timers. There is life beyond the X-Men and even Gen13.

Pub Date: 5/04/96

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