Paul and Jamie Buckman just keep on pleasing as Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt play off each other in one of TV's better sitcoms. This time, they manage to black out all of Manhattan, and writers Reiser and Danny Jacobson make the assignment amiably funny.

Paul and Jamie Buckman just keep on pleasing as Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt play off each other in one of TV’s better sitcoms. This time, they manage to black out all of Manhattan, and writers Reiser and Danny Jacobson make the assignment amiably funny.

Jamie and Fran (Leila Kenzle) secretly hook up cable for the bedroom TV. Paul , thinking Jamie paid for it, accepts it until he decides the reception’s bad and wants to call the cable people. The situation’s dire. They manage to wipe out the entire building’s cable system; Ira (John Pankow) destroys the electric power, and everyone is sore at the Buckmans.

The Manhattan blackout continues on NBC’s other sitcoms tonight, “Friends” and “Madman of the People.” Last time, NBC sent a hurricane through its Saturday block of sitcoms in the name of unity. What’s next? The Blob?

David Steinberg skillfully directs, and the principals make the most out of the amusement. As always, “Mad About You” shines as a kickoff for the Thursday slate.

Mad About You Pandora's Box

(Thurs. (3), 8-8:30 p.m., NBC-TV)

Production

Filmed at Culver Studios, Culver City, by Infront Prods., Nuance Prods. and Tri-Star TV. Exec producers, Jeffrey Lane, Danny Jacobson; co-exec producer-writer, Victor Fresco; producers, Paul Reiser, Bruce Chevillat; co-producers, Billy Grundfest, Andrew Gordon, Eileen Conn, Jeffrey Klarik; director, David Steinberg; creators, Reiser, Jacobson.

Crew

Camera, Mikel Neiers; editor, Sheila Amos; art director, Bernard Vyzga; sound, Peter Damski; original music, David Kitay; "Final Frontier," Don Was, Reiser.

Cast

Cast: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Leila Kenzle, John Pankow, Anne Ramsay, Jerry Adler, Judy Geeson, Jim Piddock, Liz Georges, Erin Trimble, Brian Jensen, Kevin M. Richardson, Pat Crawford Brown, Stan Sellers, Lisa Kudrow.
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