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The Sinbad Show

Foster father knows best when single, 35-year-old computer graphics designer David Bryan (comedian Sinbad) takes on young foster kid L.J. (Willie Norwood) and L.J.'s wee sister Zana (Erin Davis) to raise and to cherish. Slotted between "The Simpsons" and "In Living Color," good-hearted sitcom should be grateful for its neighbors; out there alone, it would need help.

Foster father knows best when single, 35-year-old computer graphics designer David Bryan (comedian Sinbad) takes on young foster kid L.J. (Willie Norwood) and L.J.’s wee sister Zana (Erin Davis) to raise and to cherish. Slotted between “The Simpsons” and “In Living Color,” good-hearted sitcom should be grateful for its neighbors; out there alone, it would need help.

David — sharing his apartment with best friend Clarence (T.K. Carter) — is an agreeable character, but L.J.’s sassy, if not downright crude; as for little Zana, of course she’s adorable.

David, who got the two from afoster children’s center, discovers L.J. and Zana are about to be broken up because a couple wants Zana alone. David convinces the home’s matron (Lorraine Toussaint) he’ll be a good single parent, so the kids join him.

Trouble is, most of the material is predictable or recycled, and L.J. is a bum role model for youngsters tuning in, unless they’re to learn from his disciplining.

Based on this first episode, the future is shaky. “Sinbad” can be grateful to its lead-in and lead-out; it offers little in between.

The Sinbad Show

(Thurs. (16), 8:30-9 p.m., FBC)

  • Production: Filmed by David and Goliath Prods., Gary Murphy/Larry Strawther Prods. and Touchstone TV. Exec producers, Gary Murphy, Larry Strawther, Michael Jacobs; supervising producer, Daniel Palladino; producers, David A. Caplan, Brian LaPan, Tim Steele; director, David Trainer; writers, Murphy, Strawther, Jacobs, Caplan, LaPan; story-creators, Murphy, Strawther, Sinbad; re-written by Jacobs, Caplan, LaPan.
  • Crew: Camera, Mike Berlin; editor, Marco Zappia; art director, Bruce Ryan; music, Ray Colcord.
  • Cast: Cast: Sinbad, T.K. Carter, Salma Hayek, Erin Davis, Willie Norwood, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lela Rochon, Lorraine Toussaint.
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