October 19, 1998 12:00 PM

ABC (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

This new sitcom created by Susan Harris (Soap, The Golden Girls) walks a fine line between funny and annoying. In the episodes we’ve seen, humor just barely prevails. Three divorced males in their 30s hang out, play golf and kvetch. Michael (Peter Gallagher) is fairly likable, if a bit obtuse. Andy (Mitch Rouse) is goofy and phobic. Phil (Bradley Whitford) is sour and relentlessly negative. You wouldn’t want him for a friend, but you can’t ignore his corrosive wit. Some viewers will dig the rhythm of the constant banter; others will react with a simple “Shuddup!” Put us in the first group—tentatively.

Bottom Line: Tune in if guy talk grabs you

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