Ken Tucker
August 20, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Boys

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joanna Gleason, John Lithgow, James Woods
broadcaster
ABC

We gave it an C

There aren’t many laughs in The Boys, but its premise is amusingly peculiar: A writer named Doug (Chris Meloni) settles into his new suburban house and meets a trio of older men in the neighborhood — the ironically named ”boys” of the title — Ned Beatty (Homicide: Life on the Street), John Harkins, and Richard Venture. The geezers hang out together, bickering and playing Monopoly, and they expect Doug to take the place of Ed — the now-deceased former owner of Doug’s house — in their lives. These fellows want Doug to behave like their old pal Ed, and they even try to call him Ed, but Doug resists. Sound weird? No, it’s just silly, but Beatty, Harkins, and Venture have the sort of old-pro comic skills that keep The Boys from being completely mediocre. C-

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