TELEVISION: Style Victims

A subversive British import, Absolutely Fabulous, debuts

Edina is a fashion publicist -- and fashion victim -- a single mom trying to cope with a teen-age daughter. Patsy, Edina's best friend, is a fashion editor, a stylish bachelorette perpetually seeking a good time. Edina and Patsy shop, vacation and cavort together. And, oh, yes, they sleep around, curse, drink to excess and smoke cigarettes and dope. Lucy and Ethel gone awry, Edina and Patsy are the main characters in Absolutely Fabulous, a wildly successful British sitcom about to make its U.S. debut. Beginning with a 12- episode marathon this Sunday (with weekly reruns of each episode), AbFab, as...

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