April 09, 1984 12:00 PM

NBC (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

We’re talking cute. Yes, even cuter than Gary Coleman. NBC’s newest sitcom brings to the tube darling doubles, likable and lovely actresses who happen to be twins: Liz and Jean Sagal. Liz plays Allison (“Allie”), the scholar, and Jean plays Kate, the flirt. (Kate and Allie…hmmmm. Is that where CBS got the name of its new sitcom?) The teen twins make a point of pointing out their differences. “No one can do homework on a Saturday night!” Jean tells her studying sis. “This proves it! One of us is definitely adopted.” The cast, including Donnelly Rhodes as the twins’ gym-owner father, is enjoyable, and so is some of the writing. Unfortunately, though, the pilot’s plot comes straight out of the I Love Lucy sitcom workbook: Jean flunks her driving test, so she secretly borrows her twin’s license. Of course, she smashes Dad’s taillights—or she thinks she does. She doesn’t know that Dad already smashed them himself. So the kids rush to fix the damage and Dad finds out about Jean’s impersonation. She’s grounded for life, or at least until the next episode. Here’s hoping that the rest of the show’s plots are as nice as its stars. It deserves a chance.

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