Television: The New Season

Let us now praise television. Its longbows, drawn since springtime, finally twanged last week and 17 arrows flew. Wunk. Tunk. Boink. Doyng. One after another, TV's new series all hit on or near the mark.

The single word that best distinguishes this year's series is honest. Unlike many plays of Broadway and films of Hollywood, they are free of pretension—unprepossessing, undisturbing and unoffending. They are accomplishments of theatrical engineering, designed to say and mean nothing while being diverting, with a net moral value of point zero zero. All were offered by NBC...

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