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SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO

In the 'Parent Hood' on the WB; 'Flash Gordon' on KTLA; KCOP is crawling with 'Kratts' Creatures'; 'Grease' is on Family

June 01, 1997|LEE HARRIS | TIMES WRITER

On the family drama Second Noah (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.), Ricky (James Marsden) and Kaylie (Judith Jones) take Ben (Gemini) to Disney World so Kaylie can get to know the son she gave up for adoption. Meanwhile, Bethany (Zelda Harris) thinks she's found her biological father, Sweet Billy, played by guest star Ben Vereen. And Noah (Daniel Hugh Kelly) gets an offer to go on "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee" to promote his book. For the family.

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Wendell (Faizon Love) gets more than his share of problems in "The Parent 'Hood" (WB, Sunday at 8 p.m.) when Robert (Robert Townsend) and Jerri (Suzzanne Douglas) attend an out-of-town wedding and leave him in charge. Wendell leads his girlfriend's parents (guest stars Richard Gantand Laura Hayes) to believe that he is the man of the house. For ages 10 to 15.

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In a remake of the 1969 Disney movie, viewers are returned to Medfield College and the adventures of Dexter Riley in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (Disney Channel, Monday at 8:40 p.m.). Riley (Kirk Cameron) is an under-achieving college sophomore who becomes a genius and superstar when his brain downloads information from the Internet. For the family.

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Brothers Martin Kratt, a zoologist, and Chris Kratt, a biologist, are back in the wilds again on Kratts' Creatures (KCET, Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m.). On Thursday, the brothers visit an elephant orphanage in Kenya and baby-sit three young elephants who have lost their parents. On Friday, they go into the wild to see how they can properly prepare one of them to return to the herd. For ages 7 to 15.

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Flash Gordon (KTLA, Saturday at 6 p.m.) ventures to Mongo in this updated version of the comic book, in which our hero must defend the world from the evil Ming the Merciless. For ages 10 to 15.

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John dance and sing their way into our hearts in Grease (Family, Sunday at 4:30 p.m.), the 1978 musical that is based on the Broadway production. It's ll about growing up in the cool '50s. For the family.

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