CBS (Fridays, 8 p.m. ET)
Farrah Forke (Wings) plays a computer illiterate who pretends to be wired-in to get a job at Cyberbyte Inc. That puts her into the warped sphere of a gaggle of hard-drive hermits (Corey Feldman, David Kaufman and Stephen Tobolowsky) so socially unskilled they can barely dress themselves. The company’s visionary boss (Newhart’s Peter Scolari) has trouble with the usual civilized conventions himself. “Explain something to me,” Scolari mutters to Forke. “Lunch…what’s that all about?”
This sitcom, which presents Forke as a kind of Snow White to these digital dwarfs, is really a sweet concept. The problem is that it’s also the most poorly cast—and embarrassingly overacted—show of the season. All TV series involve multitasking: the simultaneous operations of writing, acting, concept and chemistry. Dweebs amuses even though one application (the ensemble) isn’t compatible with the rest of the system.