June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

Nick at Nite (Sun., June 20, 9 p.m. ET)

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Bill Cosby stirred controversy last month with barbed generalizations about poor parenting among lower-income blacks. But he seems to be poking a little fun at his magisterial side in this mildly amusing cartoon series (premiering on Father’s Day before moving to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting June 29).

Inspired by Cosby’s 1986 book of the same title, the show centers on Arthur Bindlebeep (voiced by Blair Underwood), a high school teacher obviously proud of his doctorate. (The series’ creator bills himself as William H. Cosby Jr., Ed.D.) Dr. Bindlebeep is given to delivering pompous—albeit well-reasoned—lectures on responsibility, and you sense that his wife (ex-Cosby Show daughter Sabrina Le Beauf) and three kids have heard it all before. This dad has comic potential, but the first two episodes settle for an occasional chuckle.

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