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TV REVIEWS : Buoyant Fun Is 'Running the Halls'

September 11, 1993|LYNNE HEFFLEY

Inspired by the success of its popular "Saved By the Bell" series, NBC today adds to its Saturday morning lineup for pre-teens yet another sitcom about adolescents at school, where learning is peripheral and adults are either absent or buffoons.

In "Running the Halls" (11 a.m. on KNBC-TV Channel 4), an East Coast boarding school in an idyllic country setting is home to upscale 10th-graders who fall into familiar categories: the Brain, the Hunk, the Beauty, the Preppie, etc. The first episode has two boys jeopardizing their friendship by competing for the same girl.

The innocuous fun is predictable, but the show, created by Steve Slavkin, does depart from similar programs with a certain buoyancy in execution and an absence of sexual leers and gratuitous flesh shots.

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