Garbage collector Roc’s Baltimore clan, shifting from live telecasts to tape format, is back for a third season, complemented by a new character, spunky 11 -year-old Sheila (Alexis Fields), whose dad has been sent up for shooting a drug dealer. With Charles S. Dutton’s Roc continuing to please, the season’s first episode is a comfortable entry.
Attractive Eleanor (Ella Joyce), Roc’s patient and pregnant wife, announces she’s cutting her work load, while Roc’s sly brother Joey (Rocky Carroll) and his negative dad (Carl Gordon), sure-fire personalities, don’t do much to help the family purse.Young Sheila looks to have a mind of her own as she turns down the offer to move in with the Emersons.
Roc has a serious talk with her, and everything’s satisfactorily settled; Fields’ Sheila looks like a shoo-in.
Pleasure of the program, which moves from its former Sunday slot to Tuesdays, is its unforced nature, its look at a middle-class family with its warm humor.
“Roc” has something to say and says it without preaching. Minor skirmishes are easily fixed, and, despite family disagreements, the laughs aren’t far away.
Jamie Foxx’s light-headed secondary character George is a plus, and director Stan Lathan, who sometimes settles for static staging, still brings out the essences of the good characters.
Art director Bruce Ryan gets a nod for his contributions.