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SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO

A DiCaprio when he had real 'Growing Pains'; 'Hercules' and the pig; 'Dogs' teach us lessons

March 22, 1998|LEE HARRIS | TIMES WRITER WRITER

Itchy tries to be like Charlie in order to attract Bess on All Dogs Go to Heaven (KTLA, Sunday at 8:30 a.m.). But he learns a valuable lesson that its best to be himself and not try to be like anyone else in an episode entitled "Cyrano Debarkinac." For ages 4 to 11.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, the non-nominated star of the Oscar-nominated film "Titanic," was once Luke, a homeless character seen during the 1991-92 season of the comedy series "Growing Pains." Two of those episodes turn up in reruns this week (Disney Channel, Sunday and Monday, 5:30 and 6 p.m.). For the family.

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The He-Man Womun Haters Club tries to interfere with Alfalfa's romantic interest in Darla in The Little Rascals (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.). This 1994 movie finds the rascals up to the same old tricks that have been entertaining audiences since the 1920s. It also features cameo appearances by Whoopi Goldberg as Buckwheat's mother, Daryl Hannah as the gang's teacher, Mel Brooks as a mean banker and Donald Trump as the rich kid's dad. For ages 10 and up.

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Eric (Stephen Collins) wants to hire an ex-convict (guest star Greg Evigan) as the church's organist over the opposition of congregation members on "Keep the Faith," an episode of 7th Heaven (WB, Monday at 8 p.m.). Meanwhile, church treasurer Annie (Catherine Hicks) must determine if there is enough money in the budget to hire an organist. For ages 8 and up.

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Aphrodite (Alexandra Tydings) turns Katherine the pig, whose heart is breaking for Hercules (Kevin Smith), into a woman on Hercules: The Legendary Journey (KTLA, Saturday at 8 p.m.). For ages 12 and up.

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The purple dinosaur Barney and his friends learn that adventures can be fun learning experiences on Barney's First Adventure (Fox Kids Network, Saturday at 7 a.m.). Captain Kangaroo, Teri Garr and Melissa Gilbert pay a visit to help children overcome their fear of first experiences, like meeting new friends and flying in an airplane. For ages 2 to 5.

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On an episode entitled "Ziterella," Pepper Ann's hope for the perfect yearbook photograph is put in jeopardy by her first pimple on Disney's One Saturday Morning: Pepper Ann (ABC, Saturday at 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.). She goes in search for pimple cream. For ages 6 to 11.

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