By Ken Tucker
March 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Abandoned and Deceived

Full House’s Lori Loughlin is the primary reason to stick with Abandoned and Deceived (ABC, March 20, 9-11 p.m.), the fictionalized portrait of a real-life divorced woman who battled bureaucracy to get her deadbeat husband to pay child support. Loughlin plays Gerri Anderson, whose ratty hubby, Doug (Brian Kerwin), leaves Gerri and her two little sons. In the first hour, Gerri hits bottom-she can’t find a decent job; she can’t buy her kids new clothes; she doesn’t get any help from a mean, misogynistic social-services worker played by that nice Gordon Clapp from NYPD Blue. In the second hour, plucky Gerri forms ACES, the dubiously derived acronym for the Association for Children for Enforcement of Child Support, and she is transformed into a feminist hero. Writer-director Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething) makes everything a little too obvious, but Loughlin does a lot to add complexity to her role. Her carefully shaded performance gives Abandoned and Deceived a depth and poignancy it might otherwise have lacked. B-

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