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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | September 2, 1993
"The John Larroquette Show" is a class act.It's as good as the pilot of "Roc," and that's saying something. It has jokes that reach for the gut as well as the funny bone, a superb supporting cast, and a star with talent to burn. And the writing just doesn't let up.Larroquette, the four-time Emmy winner from "Night Court," finds himself in another nocturnal world at 9:30 tonight on WMAR (Channel 2), as John Hemingway, a recovering alcoholic.He's heading for his first night on the job as manager of a bus station in downtown St. Louis.
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November 11, 2003
Andy Griffith is host and narrator of The Andy Griffith Reunion: Back to Mayberry. Yes, the cast reunited back in the 1986 movie Return to Mayberry), but it seems that the 1960-1968 series still has a gentle hold on its original viewers as well as on many who've caught the constant reruns. This time, Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors reunite, and other cast members, including George Lindsey and Betty Lynn, appear in separate interviews. The program airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on CBS (WJZ, Channel 13)
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By Jean Marbella | October 22, 1993
While staying in TV character seems to be the thing this season, other actors have made role reversals, at least in their on-screen careers. Maybe they all had midlife crises at the same time:* Most downwardly mobile: Peter Onorati, who was both sweet and sexy as a divorce lawyer on "Civil Wars," now is a laid-off aerospace worker in "Joe's Life." Stuck at home doing the Mr. Mom thing, he seemed much happier when his collar was white rather than blue."Joe's Life" is this season's refuge for the suddenly downscale: Mimi Kennedy, the snooty wife of the rich manufacturer in "Homefront," is on board as a waitress.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | February 7, 1995
It's an unofficial Jeff Fahey competition on cable tonight, while the main competition on broadcast TV is to lure viewers with the biggest guest star.* "Full House" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- This show's special guest star is a slam-dunk winner: He's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who gives Jesse (John Stamos) some shooting tips. ABC.* "Nova: Nazi Designers of Death" (8-9 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- Newly acquired evidence found in Moscow archives, where captured German records had been kept since the war, is examined here, including detailed blueprints of Auschwitz, in which the crematorium design from the war's later years clearly "combines killing and burning in a logical way."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | December 7, 1993
This is far from a red-letter day for television, but as long as it's a blue-letters day -- as in providing a fresh episode of "NYPD Blue" -- I'm not complaining.* "Nova" (8-10 p.m., Channels 22 and 67) -- There are three things in store for "Nova" fans during this fund-raising package. One is a new 90-minute special with Bill Cosby as host, presenting snippets from some of the "Great Moments From Nova." The special is light on context, almost by necessity, but heavy on exciting visuals. If it pulls a larger audience for "Nova" in the future, I'm all for it.Following "Great Moments From Nova" is a great hour from "Nova" -- a repeat of its classic "The Miracle of Life," which offers an insider's view (literally)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | February 1, 1994
The two NBC sitcoms that were showcased after Sunday's Super Bowl, "The Good Life" and "The John Larroquette Show," are given additional showcases tonight in hopes of making that "Super Sunday" investment pay off. If the ratings tonight are low, however, NBC will remember this particular evening as "Terrible Tuesday."* "The Good Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Of the two first-run episodes shown tonight, the first focuses on John (John Caponera), Drew (Drew Carey) and the guys, while the second focuses on John's wife Maureen (Eve Gordon)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | February 7, 1995
It's an unofficial Jeff Fahey competition on cable tonight, while the main competition on broadcast TV is to lure viewers with the biggest guest star.* "Full House" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- This show's special guest star is a slam-dunk winner: He's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who gives Jesse (John Stamos) some shooting tips. ABC.* "Nova: Nazi Designers of Death" (8-9 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- Newly acquired evidence found in Moscow archives, where captured German records had been kept since the war, is examined here, including detailed blueprints of Auschwitz, in which the crematorium design from the war's later years clearly "combines killing and burning in a logical way."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 29, 1994
The biggest news tonight is the premiere of an ABC series that tries its best to reflect the spirit of "Seinfeld," but doesn't come close. It's "These Friends of Mine," the first episode of which contains not one genuine laugh. Also tonight: Joe Pesci on The John Larroquette Show," and a fresh installment of "NYPD Blue."* "The John Larroquette Show" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Guest star Joe Pesci, playing himself, visiting the bus station to research a new movie role and study a really down-on-his-luck loser.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | January 4, 1994
The first new "NYPD Blue" of the year (and in almost a month) airs tonight, along with two network programs -- one sitcom, one drama -- taking aim at the issue of guns in the hands of youngsters.* "Roc" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The author's message within this episode of "Roc" is clear enough: a frustrated young man, fed up with being bullied at school, buys a handgun, faces down his adversaries, and ends up escalating the seriousness of the hostilities. What's even more clear, though, is the message that follows the climax: Charles S. Dutton, who stars as "Roc," steps up to the camera, out of character, and delivers a passionate editorial about the level and impact of street violence.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 10, 1995
Eight months from now, Fox will broadcast this year's Emmy Awards. Tonight, network TV offers fresh episodes of two shows likely to get a lot of nominations, "Frasier" and "NYPD Blue," while PBS offers one show about woolly mammoths and another about woolly theories regarding TV and violence.* "Nova: Mammoths of the Ice Age" (8-9 p.m., channels 22, 67) -- One of last season's "Northern Exposure" episodes dealt with the discovery of a woolly mammoth that had been exposed by a severe thaw -- and the fact that the natives treated it as a more or less common event.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 10, 1995
Eight months from now, Fox will broadcast this year's Emmy Awards. Tonight, network TV offers fresh episodes of two shows likely to get a lot of nominations, "Frasier" and "NYPD Blue," while PBS offers one show about woolly mammoths and another about woolly theories regarding TV and violence.* "Nova: Mammoths of the Ice Age" (8-9 p.m., channels 22, 67) -- One of last season's "Northern Exposure" episodes dealt with the discovery of a woolly mammoth that had been exposed by a severe thaw -- and the fact that the natives treated it as a more or less common event.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 12, 1994
Most of the good sitcoms tonight are showing repeats -- as is "NYPD Blue," which automatically makes it a can-miss Tuesday night. The night's biggest draw is Sharon Gless in a dual role on a new CBS telemovie, but as star turns go, it's more flashy than sturdy.* "The Good Life" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- NBC is pulling the curtain, at least for the season, on some of its new sitcoms tonight. This is the last first-run episode of "The Good Life," for example, unless it's renewed, which isn't all that likely.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | March 29, 1994
The biggest news tonight is the premiere of an ABC series that tries its best to reflect the spirit of "Seinfeld," but doesn't come close. It's "These Friends of Mine," the first episode of which contains not one genuine laugh. Also tonight: Joe Pesci on The John Larroquette Show," and a fresh installment of "NYPD Blue."* "The John Larroquette Show" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Guest star Joe Pesci, playing himself, visiting the bus station to research a new movie role and study a really down-on-his-luck loser.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | February 1, 1994
The two NBC sitcoms that were showcased after Sunday's Super Bowl, "The Good Life" and "The John Larroquette Show," are given additional showcases tonight in hopes of making that "Super Sunday" investment pay off. If the ratings tonight are low, however, NBC will remember this particular evening as "Terrible Tuesday."* "The Good Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Of the two first-run episodes shown tonight, the first focuses on John (John Caponera), Drew (Drew Carey) and the guys, while the second focuses on John's wife Maureen (Eve Gordon)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | January 11, 1994
Henry Winkler returns to series TV tonight, as both executive producer and star of Fox's "Monty," a situation comedy that, at least in the pilot, offers a lot more situation than comedy. Also making a prime-time appearance tonight, on a different sitcom: Vanna White.* "Full House" (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- And here she is, Miss "Wheel of Fortune" herself, making an appearance as herself in an episode about D. J.'s study preparations for the SAT -- or, as Vanna White herself might spell it, the S T. ABC.* "Monty" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | January 4, 1994
The first new "NYPD Blue" of the year (and in almost a month) airs tonight, along with two network programs -- one sitcom, one drama -- taking aim at the issue of guns in the hands of youngsters.* "Roc" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The author's message within this episode of "Roc" is clear enough: a frustrated young man, fed up with being bullied at school, buys a handgun, faces down his adversaries, and ends up escalating the seriousness of the hostilities. What's even more clear, though, is the message that follows the climax: Charles S. Dutton, who stars as "Roc," steps up to the camera, out of character, and delivers a passionate editorial about the level and impact of street violence.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | December 21, 1993
Good rule of thumb: When the most exciting thing on TV is a repeat, it's a slow night. Tonight's best bet: a second showing of the premiere episode of "NYPD Blue."* "Bakersfield P.D." (8:30-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Fans of this series -- and they are not legion, but they ARE loyal -- will want to catch this first-run epi- sode. Fox is preparing to run "Bakersfield" off the air, at least for a while, so taping is recommended to get you through the lean months. On tonight's show, Denny (Chris Mulkey)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 12, 1994
Most of the good sitcoms tonight are showing repeats -- as is "NYPD Blue," which automatically makes it a can-miss Tuesday night. The night's biggest draw is Sharon Gless in a dual role on a new CBS telemovie, but as star turns go, it's more flashy than sturdy.* "The Good Life" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- NBC is pulling the curtain, at least for the season, on some of its new sitcoms tonight. This is the last first-run episode of "The Good Life," for example, unless it's renewed, which isn't all that likely.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | December 21, 1993
Good rule of thumb: When the most exciting thing on TV is a repeat, it's a slow night. Tonight's best bet: a second showing of the premiere episode of "NYPD Blue."* "Bakersfield P.D." (8:30-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Fans of this series -- and they are not legion, but they ARE loyal -- will want to catch this first-run epi- sode. Fox is preparing to run "Bakersfield" off the air, at least for a while, so taping is recommended to get you through the lean months. On tonight's show, Denny (Chris Mulkey)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | December 7, 1993
This is far from a red-letter day for television, but as long as it's a blue-letters day -- as in providing a fresh episode of "NYPD Blue" -- I'm not complaining.* "Nova" (8-10 p.m., Channels 22 and 67) -- There are three things in store for "Nova" fans during this fund-raising package. One is a new 90-minute special with Bill Cosby as host, presenting snippets from some of the "Great Moments From Nova." The special is light on context, almost by necessity, but heavy on exciting visuals. If it pulls a larger audience for "Nova" in the future, I'm all for it.Following "Great Moments From Nova" is a great hour from "Nova" -- a repeat of its classic "The Miracle of Life," which offers an insider's view (literally)
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