Ablithe addition to ABC’s Friday laugh slate, “Sister, Sister,” a twins caper with a twist, may not be “The Comedy of Errors,” but it does have its moments, thanks to the Kim Bass-Gary Gilbert-Fred Shafferman concept, good characters, the actors playing them, and Zane Buzby’s deft direction.
It’s not art, but it’s amusing and, as a TV staple, should fare well.
Using a talk-to-the-camera technique, identical twins Tamera Campbell (Tamera Mowry) and Tia Landry (Tia Mowry), separated at birth, discover each other at age 14 in an overlong clothing-sale scene. Idea, though, is a solid and time-tested one — having adolescent twins accidentally bump into each other — and the Mowry girls, making their TV acting bows, are right on top of the thesping chores.
Tim Reid limns Ray Campbell, Tamera’s adoptive dad, affluent, widowed and staid; Jackee Harry plays brash, no-holds-allowed Lisa Landry, Tia’s adoptive mom who, out of work, lives in downtown Detroit.
Catalyst for future action comes when Lisa tells Tia they’re moving to St. Louis, where she has a job. Naturally they pile into the Campbell suburban home so the twins can be together to develop a sitcom.
Program previews April 1 at 8:30 p.m. and “premieres,” according to network, the same evening in its regular 9:30 timeslot. Not to be confused for a sec with Maya Angelou’s significant 1982 NBC meller of the same title, the spirited “Sister, Sister” reaches for laughs and earns occasional smiles.