The demise of hourlong dramas has resulted in another attempt to squeeze a light-hearted fish-out-of-water drama into a half-hour format. Starring Brian Keith as the street-smart LAPD cop who gets a job with the Beverly Hills Police Dept., unsold pilot probably never made the series lineup because it is just another rehash of a well-worn idea.

The demise of hourlong dramas has resulted in another attempt to squeeze a light-hearted fish-out-of-water drama into a half-hour format. Starring Brian Keith as the street-smart LAPD cop who gets a job with the Beverly Hills Police Dept., unsold pilot probably never made the series lineup because it is just another rehash of a well-worn idea.

Keith stars as Charlie Street, an old but wise cop who makes the ultimate sacrifice to move to the Beverly Hills beat so his teenage son, Kenny (Stan Kirsch), can go to school at Beverly Hills High.

Yet much in the same guise as “Beverly Hills Cop” and the like, Keith finds himself teaching young, well-manicured BevHills rookies the ropes, as witnessed in this first case of an art forger who is mistakenly charged with arson.

Michael Norell and Robert Dozier’s story–Norell wrote the script–attempts to be lighthearted without actual comedy, as Keith uses “Columbo” tactics to solve the case, irritates his son and gets under the police chief’s skin.

Peter H. Hunt directs the show with a light, effective touch.

Keith dons the grizzled good guy role well enough, while Kirsch is more amusing as the always-embarrassed teenage son.

It’s all harmless enough and could have possibly flown if it weren’t weighed down by lack of originality.

The Streets of Beverly Hills

(Mon. (13), 8:30-9 p.m., ABC-TV)

Production

A Schenck/Cardea production in association with MGM/UA. Exec producer, Frank Cardea, George Schenck; director, Peter H. Hunt; story, Michael Norell, Robert Dozier; teleplay, Norell.

Crew

Camera, Paul Lohman; editor, Terry Williams; music, Arthur B. Rubinstein; production design, Bryan Ryman.

Cast

Cast: Brian Keith, Stan Kirsch, John Bennett Perry, Dey Young, Stephen Lee, Diane McBain, Clyde Kusatsu, Mel Winkler, Mitchell Ryan, Panchito Gomez, Carlos Cestero, Robert Keith, Diane Manzo.
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