Video: A Domestic Reign of Terror

The Burning Bed, NBC, Oct. 8,9-11 p.m. E.D.T.

TV's issue-of-the-week parade marches on. Abortion, drunken driving, homosexuality, drug abuse, child pornography, rape, cancer: one by one, TV movies take up a topic, adorn it with stars and promote it as another prime-time breakthrough. As drama, these TV crusades have such familiar faults—too simplistic, too preachy, too ponderously "educational"—that a good one can easily get lost in the shuffle. In the case of The Burning Bed, that would be a shame.

The issue this time around is wife beating; the story, as usual, is based...

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