'20/20' looks at the rave rage

THE BALTIMORE SUN

For once, it's the re-runs that are worth watching tonight. So travel back in time with Nickelodeon to 1972, when must-see TV was exactly that.

Figure skating (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Torvill & Dean are among competitors in the World Professional Figure Skating Championships, taped last month at the USAir Arena in Landover. NBC.

"20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Raves, the all-night, underground dance parties where drugs tend to flow as freely as the beat, are investigated by correspondent Lynn RTC Sherr. Among the interview subjects is a mother whose daughter died after taking the drug Ecstasy during a 1992 rave in Orlando. ABC.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A bunch of nasty folks are impersonating members of the SIU (Special Investigations Unit) for their own ill-gotten gain. Can they be stopped? Meanwhile, Nash and Joe (Don Johnson and Cheech Marin) try to get a football player's Super Bowl ring back by making like a gay couple. Don't ask. CBS.

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"The Brady Bunch" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m.), "The Partridge Family" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m.), "Room 222" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.), "The Odd Couple" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m.) and "Love, American Style" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Was there ever a better line-up than Friday nights on ABC in the early '70s? (Of course there was, but permit me a bit of nostalgic hyperbole.) Relive those halcyon days with this sampling, including vintage commercials (Mother Nature, Mr. Whipple, Morris the Cat, etc.). On tap for tonight: Marcia tries luring The Monkees' Davy Jones to her prom; a lovestruck Keith doesn't realize his new girlfriend -- and singing partner -- can't carry a tune; a young Bruno Kirby unleashes some funky get-rich-quick schemes on the staff and students of Walt Whitman High; Felix and Oscar try an entire hospital's patience; and Richard Deacon, Stephanie Powers, Bob Crane and Paul Lynde are among the guest stars on "Love, American Style."

"Fiddler on the Roof" (8 p.m.-11: 15 p.m., TCM) -- This spirited film adaptation of one of Broadway's most successful musicals features Topol as the happiest Russian peasant who ever lived -- until he has to deal with his family's growing acceptance of modern ways. Quite charming, and shown in letterbox format, too.

"The Longest Day" (8: 15 p.m.-11: 15 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-5 a.m., AMC) -- AMC's week-long salute to the films of 20th Century Fox continues with this war picture to end all war pictures, starring just about every male actor in Hollywood in 1962, enough extras to stage a real invasion and a handful of French, German and British actors, all cast in the name of making things as real as possible. It's all very exciting, inspiring and even fun, as you try to pick out all the famous faces. The film also helped 20th Century Fox stay solvent, at least until the debacle that was "Cleopatra" unfolded. (The latter showing is in letterbox format).

"Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sits down with Larry for her first interview since being named to the post by President Clinton last month.

Pub Date: 1/24/97

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