Several sitcom repeats are worth a second look


A handful of pretty decent sitcom repeats and a chance to see which "Odd Couple" you like better are the highlights tonight.

"The Maury Povich Show" (11 a.m.-noon, WMAR, Channel 2) -- A couple from Takoma Park are among folks relating their horror stories about trying to have children in a show titled "Baby-Making Nightmares." Joseph and Charlotte Gooch were patients of Dr. Cecil Jacobson, who was prosecuted on charges of implanting 75 women with his own sperm. The Gooches say he falsely diagnosed three pregnancies and three miscarriages for Charlotte Gooch.

"The Simpsons" (6 p.m.-6: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Marge is cast as Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now that's acting.

"The Drew Carey Show" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Drew is slapped with a lawsuit after he distributes an off-color cartoon throughout the workplace. Broadway magicians (or whatever they call themselves) Penn & Teller are among the supporting cast. ABC.

"Wings" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Pat Hingle plays an old dude who shows up and insists he's the guys' grandfather. Helen and Casey, however, soon realize that all his stories are lifted from the movies and begin having their doubts about him. Pretty funny, and just a little poignant. NBC.

"Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Fearing Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) may have cancer, Tim and Jill sweat out the medical test results in an episode that earned considerable praise when it aired in February.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Niles unwisely, but hilariously, gets a wiseguy to help him fix a parking ticket for his wife, Maris. As Niles, David Hyde Pierce is his usual marvel. NBC.

"Dateline NBC" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- An investigation of Caribbean and Central American sweatshops includes a visit to an El Salvador factory, reputed to be one of the worst, where clothes are being manufactured for some of the United States' largest and best-known chain stores. The piece includes an interview with Charles Kernaghan, a U.S. labor activist who brought sobs of protest from Kathie Lee Gifford when he testified that the clothing line she hawks for Wal-Mart is put together in South American sweatshops by teen-age girls working 20-hour days for 31 cents an hour. NBC.


"The Odd Couple" (9: 30 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m. in letterbox format, AMC) -- Since Nick at Nite's "Odd Couple" marathon isn't on tonight, here's your chance to re-visit the source. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon play Oscar and Felix in this 1968 adaptation of Neil Simon's Broadway hit. Is it just me, or were Jack Klugman and Tony Randall really better?

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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