Showtime, Saturday

Linc's may have an almost entirely black cast, but anyone who thinks it is just another ethnic sitcom featuring bawdiness and near minstrelsy is in for a surprise. Produced by Tim Reid, who created the esteemed but short-lived Frank's Place, this show aims high, taking up issues of race, politics and sexual orientation. The hero, played by Steven Williams, is a black Republican who owns a bar in a rundown but gentrifying neighborhood of Washington. His regular customers include a natty lobbyist, a prostitute, an African cab driver and, the only white, an aide to a decrepit Southern Senator. Pam Grier...

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