Ken Tucker
October 01, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

City beau Bridges bets the ranch in a new CBS Western An hour-long, laughless comedy, Harts of the West (CBS, Saturdays, 9-10 p.m.) stars Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys) as Dave Hart, ”a 41-year-old underwear salesman with a bad heart,” as his wife, Alison (Parenthood’s Harley Jane Kozak), so unkindly describes him. Deciding to leave his job and his urban existence behind, Hart buys a run-down ranch in Nevada and drags his family (including this season’s requisite three children, sullen little louts all) along with him. Harts, which will feature occasional appearances by Beau’s dad, Lloyd, in the role of a crusty old rancher, is exceptionally unoriginal. The premise reeks of City Slickers, and the small town near the Harts’ ranch is populated by eccentrics who seem to be auditioning for a Bizarro World version of Northern Exposure. This series is supposed to serve as a ratings bridge between CBS’ two other Western-themed Saturday night shows-Dr. Quinn at 8 p.m. and Walker, Texas Ranger at 10-but as far as its quality is concerned, this bridge has already collapsed. D

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