September 09, 1996 12:00 PM

CBS (Premieres Friday, Sept. 13, 8:30 p.m. ET)


Ray Romano is a standup comic who looks like Jerry Seinfeld but has a temperament closer to Tim Allen’s. Which perhaps explains why, in this sitcom about life on New York’s Long Island, the humor comes in those two flavors. The badinage with his wife plays nice and easy, like Home Improvement, while that with his parents and brother across the street has more of a Seinfeldian silliness. In the pilot’s best scene, his otherwise unflappable mother (Doris Roberts) panics at the prospect of a regular delivery from the Fruit of the Month Club.

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