March 23, 1998 12:00 PM

NBC (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

C-

This new sitcom features three attractive couples, neatly labeled. Dean (D.W. Moffett from Chicago Sons) and Sheri (Dedee Pfeiffer from Cybill) have been married for 4½ years, making them “The Veterans” (their title flashes onscreen in the March 17 pilot). Malena (Holly Robinson Peete from Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper) and Mel (James Lesure) are their suburban neighbors “The Newly-weds.” Mel’s brother Reggie (Edafe Blackmon) is leery of sharing his city bachelor pad with girlfriend Bobbi (Tamala Jones of Veronica’s Closet). The lack of commitment in their relationship marks them as—yes—”The Commitment-Phobics.” Based on the two episodes we’ve seen, none of these characters qualify as “The Funny People.” We’re especially un-amused to note that Malena is another TV psychiatrist who can’t handle her own problems. The dialogue does not sparkle, and the situations are straight out of Sitcom 101: Did Malena misread that home pregnancy test? Will she be crazy jealous to learn Mel once had a thing with supermodel Naomi Campbell? Luckily, the cast is appealing, or we might develop For Your Love-phobia.

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