BY DEAN ROBBINS
Bridges does one of the best dumb acts I’ve ever seen on TV, while Martindale specializes in inappropriate behavior. Their fight about whether he masturbates correctly is one of the fall season’s funniest scene.
Ironside 9 P.m. WedNesdaY (Nbc) NBC resurrects the 1960s-70s series, with Blair Underwood in the Raymond Burr role of a wheelchair-bound detective. Oddly, Ironside doesn’t much concern itself with the psychological and physical challenges of a disabled cop.
The wheelchair just seems like an accessory from the prop shop as our hero behaves like many other TV cops: striking steely poses, bedding hot babes, etc.
Welcome to the Family 7:30 P.m. thursdaY (Nbc) The parents of Molly (Ella Rae Peck), an underachieving white girl, are overjoyed at her high school graduation. “Suck it, doubters!” her dad exclaims. “She’s Arizona State’s problem now!” Meanwhile, the parents of Junior (Joseph Haro), an overachieving Latino, are overjoyed for a different reason. He’s giving his valedictorian’s speech and preparing for a college career at Stanford. As he reads the speech from his laptop, he gets a message from Molly: “I’m pregnant.”
Thus begins an excellent cultureclash sitcom.
The worse things go for these two, the angrier their parents will get, and the funnier Welcome to the Family will be.