Show Business: The New Shows

Westerns and private-eye shows offer escape into a world where men are men and women know their place. But situation comedies—which, this season, seem destined to outweigh saddle and sleuth operas—have a far more obscure and disturbing appeal. In their denatured apotheosis of Booth Tarkington and Clarence

Day, men invariably act like children, children act like grownups, and women act as if they owned the network. Whatever the relentless nightly triumph of the Female Principle over male boobery may prove about America's "image" of itself, it makes for slick, generally dreary entertainment. The latest samples:

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