WB trots out another dysfunctional sitcom

The new sitcom "Like Family" (7:30 p.m., WB) wastes no time descending to toilet humor. The show opens in the bathroom, where single mom Maddie (Diane Farr, "The Job") begs her cranky 16-year-old son, Keith (J. Mack Slaughter), to get the heck out of the bathtub. Let's stop right there. What mother hangs out in the bathroom with her naked teenage son? At first I thought they were lovers. Maybe I've been reading too much about Demi and Ashton.

We soon learn that Maddie and Keith have moved to the suburbs to live with Maddie's best friend, Tanya (Holly Robinson Peete), and Ed (Kevin Michael Richardson), her gruff teddy bear husband, as well as their pretty 16-year-old daughter, Danika (Megalyn Echikunwoke), and 12-year-old son, Bobby (B.J. Mitchell). Worried that Keith had been hanging out with the wrong sort in the city, Maddie thought that Tanya and Ed could help provide some stability and discipline. While it's evident but never mentioned, Tanya's family is black and Maddie and Keith are white.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): new evidence emerges about the Dartmouth College double murder.
  • Wanda needs the help of her ex (Dave Chappelle) on the second-season premiere of "Wanda at Large" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • An incendiary rape charge rocks Winslow High on the fourth-season opener of "Boston Public" (8 p.m., Fox).
  • Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): an interview with Kelly Ripa.


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