Show Business: Tripleheader

The honored art of pure slapstick is so out of vogue that few people even remember that the word refers to an actual stick—"a device," says Webster, "made of two flat pieces of wood, sometimes used in farce by one actor striking another in such a way as from the loud noise to make it appear that the blow was a severe one." One might think that television would be a wilderness of slapstick, but actually there is remarkably little of it. Last week NBC tried to change this situation by introducing three new slapstick comedies in one 90-minute package.

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