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Friday, September 12, 2003

If I had a nickel for every sitcom I've had to review about an adult child returning to his grumpy parents' empty nest, I'd be able to buy one of those big plasma television sets. Add "All About the Andersons" (8:30 p.m., WB) to the list.

Anthony (Anthony Anderson, "Barbershop"), a struggling actor with a cute son named Tuga (Damani Roberts), shows up on his old front porch, hoping that his cranky father, Joe (John Amos, "Good Times"), and nurturing mother, Flo (Roz Ryan "Amen"), will let them crash until he can find his first acting gig.

While Joe can't resist Tuga's dimples, he ladles out the tough love because Anthony won't take a "real job," like helping him at the family barbershop. Within the first 22 minutes, we also learn that Joe had artistic dreams that he surrendered to put food on the table for his family. Although Amos and Anderson share some chemistry, "Andersons" plays it too safe to rise above sitcom predictability.

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