October 22, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

If I were 10 years old, I’m sure I’d love Walker, Texas Ranger (CBS, Saturdays, 10-11 p.m.), a throwback to gun-toting, fists-flying TV Westerns of the ’60s whose surprise summer-replacement success has landed the series a regular fall spot. Action hero Chuck Norris is Ranger Cordell Walker—or as the baffling opening credits have it, ”Walker, Texas Ranger is Chuck Norris.” Either way, this character is no stretch for Norris — Walker is the same tight-lipped, martial-arts-adept good guy he is in all his movies. Whether karate-chopping escaped convicts or tracking down toxic-chemical dumpers, Walker is a stoic wise guy, a modern-day law officer who never neglects an opportunity to break a violent suspect’s kneecap. This sort of harmless escapist fare is the kind of thing some members of the Senate are deploring in their uninformed campaign against TV mayhem. Let them sob along with Sisters, and recite the Miranda rights with The Commish. If ever forced to watch TV on Saturdays at 10, I’ll be alongside Walker, kickboxing. C+

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