April 25, 1988 12:00 PM

CBS (Sun., April 24, 9 p.m. ET)


Chad Lowe plays a 15-year-old boy who’s not sure whether his stern, stiff father loves him. Tommy Lee Jones as that dad thinks he has to be strict to keep the boy from growing up lazy. Meanwhile, the boy discovers girls. This is your basic coming-of-age tale with a twist: It all happens in Lexington, Mass., vintage 1775, at the start of the American Revolution. Unlike many historical dramas with stilted dialogue and lots of costumes, this one does not sound like a production of the Very Bad Shakespeare Ensemble Company. That’s because the cast—including Rip Torn, Robert Urich and Susan Blakely—tries hard to give the show life. Besides, this is a Hallmark Hall of Fame show, so it is every bit as well-produced and wholesome as you’d expect. Only one problem: Though the show does not make battle seem pretty or glorious, it does equate going to war with becoming a man—an unfortunate message.

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