Hits and must-misses

November 06, 1999|By David Zurawik

Sweeps week shows worth going out of your way to see or avoid:

Hit: If you believe there are no dramas dealing with the American family and the spiritual dimension of our lives, check out the start of a two-week story arc on "7th Heaven" Monday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on WB (WNUV-Channel 54).

Teen-ager Mary Camden, a star athlete and honor student, gets into big trouble Monday in part one, titled "Sin," and the whole family is in jeopardy before it concludes on part two, titled "Expiation," on Nov. 15.

See: "Not for Ourselves Alone: the Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony" on PBS. As usual, Ken Burns overstates his case, but the subject matter stirs the soul. Tomorrow and Monday nights, 8 to 10 on MPT (Channels 22 and 67) and WETA (Channel 26). (For a full preview, see tomorrow's Sun.)

Must miss: "World's Deadliest Earthquakes." Brain-dead, disaster "reality" programming from ABC. Airs on WMAR (Channel 2) tonight from 10 to 11.

Must miss: "When Good Pets Go Bad 2." This "reality" special showing out-of-control animals in the attack mode is one of the most vile programs network television has ever done. It airs 8 to 9 Thursday night on WBFF (Channel 45).

Who Could Stay Away? "Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story" on ABC. Danny Bonaduce is the consultant on this film about what allegedly went on behind the scenes of this classic series. The disclaimers take longer to read than the film does to watch. It airs 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. next Saturday.

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