This variation on Three's Company guy and two gals share an apartment is lifted into the category of Just Barely Watchable due to the skills of its stars. As the guy, stand-up comic Mark Curry isn't the silly satyr that John Ritter was on Company; he's a clever verbal cutup, a solid, naturalistic actor, and, with his soft pudding face and long, spider-limbed body, he goes against the grain of conventional sitcom leading men. As for his costars, A Different World's Dawnn Lewis is the no-nonsense member of this trio, delivering her straight lines with dry humor, while Holly Robinson (21 Jump Street) is required to compete with her own body, showcased in a succession of tiny, slinky outfits designed to provoke Curry's comic lust. Robinson responds to him with the amusing drop-dead sarcasm he deserves.
Curry plays Mr. Cooper, a substitute teacher plagued by wisecracking students (they're all bland brats). It's only when the three stars bounce off each other flirting, jiving, and putting each other on that Hangin' With Mr. Cooper is worth hanging around for. C