ABC (Tuesdays, 9:30 P.M. ET)
This sitcom is set in the maelstrom of a Manhattan emergency room (the title is medical parlance for “urgent”). But it’s clear that executive producer Danny Arnold has simply dusted off the blueprint for his previous creation, Barney Miller.
Instead of Hal Linden, Dennis Boutsikaris is the pivotal figure as the bossman wading through chaos and a grab bag of extravagantly eccentric New Yorkers. This time the purlieu is in a hospital instead of a precinct house.
Regulars include Alix Elias as the over-fastidious insurance administrator and, as doctors, Casey Biggs and the wonderfully dry Alison LaPlaca.
The show is raucous, colorful and more than a little gross. So far, however, the humor, like the emergency room environment, is merely frantic.