September 17, 1990 12:00 PM

CBS (Mondays, 8 P.M. ET)

D+

Kevin Meaney stars in a witless adaptation of the John Candy film. The dirt-bag with the stogie and the backfiring old sedan is now permanently in charge of his nieces and nephew. Their folks have mysteriously died, presumably of whatever malady kills so many sitcom parents.

Even though he apes some of Candy’s mannerisms. Meaney doesn’t have the craft or charisma to carry off this downscale Oscar Madison. And the show is inconsistent, annoying and sometimes gross. Sample dialogue: “Ooh, Uncle Buck, you’re losing weight, aren’t you?” “Yeah, I shaved my back.” Try a depilatory and call me after cancellation.

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