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A comedy series with no cackling studio audience, no laugh track--indeed, almost no laughs? Forget it. A police show in which cars never careen through the streets, drug pushers are strangely absent, and nobody draws a gun? No way. A network midseason replacement that tiptoes into the little-watched time period opposite Dallas for an unheralded six-show run? So long, Charlie.

Hello, Joe Bash. This ABC entry, created by Danny Arnold (Barney Miller), is not only the oddest new comedy of the season, it is also the smartest and most unexpectedly moving. Peter Boyle plays Joe, an embittered middle-aged New York cop...

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