Ken Tucker
January 14, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Like George Carlin himself, there’s something likably unkempt and irascible about The George Carlin Show. In the veteran comic’s first situation comedy, he plays a New York City cabdriver given to philosophical musings and a compulsive gambling habit abetted by his bookie, played by Alex Rocco (The Famous Teddy Z). There aren’t many laughs in The George Carlin Show, and what few there are seem lifted from Carlin’s stage act, but the series has something most sitcoms never achieve-an atmosphere of warmth and good-naturedness. If Carlin stays on awhile, maybe its humor will blossom. C+

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