Television: Kudos & Choler

TV's formula for the situation-comedy series is the electronic version of the old comic strip, with its broadly caricatured characters, simon-simple situations and zam-powie slapstick. Two new series made the point last week. Blondie (NBC, Fri. 8 p.m., E.S.T.) carried its own comic-strip pedigree. Mr. Adams and Eve (CBS, Fri. 9 p.m., E.S.T.) offered husband-and-wife Hollywood stars playing husband-and-wife Hollywood stars. Howard Duff as a vain boob, Ida Lupino as the archetypically wise better-half. Except for wife Lupino's acerbic way with a line, it never got off the comic page.

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