August 25, 1993
a Witty Bit of Monkey Business
by Howard Rosenberg
CBS joins Fox
tonight in getting an August jump on the fall season.
the blocks is "The Trouble With Larry," a promisingly cutting comedy
starring Bronson Pinchot as a presumed-dead adventurer who resurfaces a decade
after being abducted by baboons while honeymooning in Africa. Its title is
a play on "The Trouble With Harry," a Hitchcock black comedy about a
written 8 p.m. premiere (on Channels 2 and 8) is acutely funny in spots,
starting with opening sequences that find that facile flake Larry in the
clutches of a behemoth female steamer captain en route back to the United
States. Because Larry was rumored to have been eaten by apes, his arrival
shocks his wife (Shanna Reed), who is now living a sedate life in upstate New
York with her stuffy new husband (Perry King) and their daughter (Alex McKenna).
two husbands predictably conflict, it's the cross-fire of snide jabs between
Larry and his wife's sister (Courtney Cox) that propels this half hour and gives
it an entertainingly dark edge.
ending is the kind of silly piffle that only the likes of Robin Williams could
pull off, and the show's plethora of bawdy double-entendres regarding the male
anatomy is ill suited to the time period so accessible to young kids. All
in all, though, it's a good start, the key being that both Pinchot and the
writing are effortlessly witty.
How will this
eclectic group of characters ever be able to get along? Humorously, if the
premiere is a measure.