Television: The New Season: II

The situation comedy has long been the most outlandish and outmoded of the television genres. No man is Gilligan's Island. Whatever network programming vice presidents think, there is a difference between a fantasy classic like Peter Pan and a Screen Gems gimmick show like The Flying Nun.

Despite this record, there was some hope that the impetus of last year's comparatively fresh All in the Family, and the influx of top-drawer stars might lift the current season above the midden of the past. In fact, the networks' ten new comedy series—though their caricatures are...

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