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Dream on and Bimbo Was His Name-O

Bright, crisply produced "Dream On" season opener "And Bimbo Was His Name-O" takes off on sex, ex, scandal, politicos and spouse abuse on the way to an hour of solid, urbane comedy. With all the laughs, all the zings and one of the funniest lovemaking scenes ever, show still makes characters just round enough to care about. Efforts like this should keep "Dream On" a wide-awake late-night hit for HBO.

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Cast: Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon, Wendie Malick, Dorien Wilson, Teri Garr, George Hamilton, Dennis Miller, Laraine Newman, Mimi Rogers, Gennifer Flowers, Jessica Hahn, Rita Jenrette, Greg Alan-Williams, Phyllis Applegate, Caitlin Brown, Peggy Doyle, Nicholas Garr, Seth Isler, Tracy Lindsey, Casey Sander, Jared Seide.

Bright, crisply produced “Dream On” season opener “And Bimbo Was His Name-O” takes off on sex, ex, scandal, politicos and spouse abuse on the way to an hour of solid, urbane comedy. With all the laughs, all the zings and one of the funniest lovemaking scenes ever, show still makes characters just round enough to care about. Efforts like this should keep “Dream On” a wide-awake late-night hit for HBO.

Regular “Dream”er Brian Benben gives a fine blend of self-amusement, ingenuousness and sophistication to yuppie book editor hero Martin Tupper.

Guest star Teri Garr, as a political candidate’s wife who seduces Tupper anonymously and then, found out, gives him the unwanted — and undeserved — credit publicly, brings fine comic timing, warmth and pathos as the victim of her egocentric husband.

The husband, limned by George Hamilton, is perfectly terrible, which is exactly right for the show. He manages to twist Tupper’s dalliance with his wife into an advantage for his campaign, creating an image for our hero as an amoral male bimbo that he, the candidate, is big enough to overlook. All the time he’s psychologically abusing his wife, whom Tupper had sincerely liked.

David Crane and Marta Kauffman’s script moves along slickly and freshly. Story has that currently unique quality, plot, with plenty of twists and turns along the way to a satisfying ending.

Supporting cast, whimsically enjoying guest appearances by three real-life-scandal participants, does fine, and the overall production is excellent. The Andrews Sisters, et al., make irresistible Tupper’s dream-flashes.

This is good, pure entertainment television.

Dream on and Bimbo Was His Name-O

(Sat. (6), Tue.-Thu. (9-11) 10:30-11:30 p.m., HBO)

Production: Filmed in New York by Kevin Bright Prods. and St. Clare Entertainment in association with MCA Television Entertainment. Exec producers, John Landis, Kevin Bright; co-exec producers, David Crane, Marta Kauffman; supervising producer, Bill Sanders; producers, Robb Idels, Ron Wolotzky, Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss; director, Eric Laneuville; writers, Crane, Kauffman.

Crew: Camera, Stephen M. Katz; production designer, James Terry Welden; editor, Craig Ridenour; sound, Marc A. Gilmartin; music (theme), Michael Skloff.

Cast: Cast: Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon, Wendie Malick, Dorien Wilson, Teri Garr, George Hamilton, Dennis Miller, Laraine Newman, Mimi Rogers, Gennifer Flowers, Jessica Hahn, Rita Jenrette, Greg Alan-Williams, Phyllis Applegate, Caitlin Brown, Peggy Doyle, Nicholas Garr, Seth Isler, Tracy Lindsey, Casey Sander, Jared Seide.

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