March 17, 1997 12:00 PM

NBC (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET)


Crime has been on the decline in New York City for the past few years, so perhaps that will leave the city’s finest a few spare moments to pick up grooming and wardrobe tips from this slick new series about undercover cops. Prince Street has been uniformly cast with youngish, beautifully turned-out performers—including Vincent Spano, Lawrence Monoson, Mariska Hargitay and Steven Martini—who nonetheless take to the gritty Manhattan streets and (in the March 6 pilot) tangle with the Russian mob and Peruvian terrorists. As the show develops, the characters presumably will gain in depth. We already know that Hargitay, a striking brunette who could be playing Mata Hari, is a single working mom who drops her boy off at school before heading into the line of fire. The stress makes her pensive. And Monoson, according to press notes, is a recovering alcoholic. For now, Street is enjoyable as an exercise in precinct glamor.

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