|USA||1987||60||Drama . Action & Adventure . Mystery . Crime|
McCann joins up to be the partner of a mentally handicapped youth in a school buddy system, to investigate the murder of the boy's former partner.
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A by-the-numbers, self-consciously smug blend of "Mod Squad" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." [10 Apr 1987, p.9C]Chicago Tribune Full Review
It's dull, but predictable...The script is flawed and its attempts at humor clumsily executed. For another, Hanson is written as a real slug, and Depp is a blank. In fact, none of the characters is very credible, and only DeLuise's wisecracking Penhall (you have to wise crack to be street smart) is remotely interesting.Los Angeles Times Full Review
As rigorously lame-brained as television in our time is likely to get. [11 Apr 1987, p.C1]Washington Post Full Review
Pointless gimmicks, dire stupidity, rotten acting and gratuitous violence abound, and, in the opening episode, so does implicit racism. The treatment of blacks in 21 Jump Street marks a new and unwelcome chapter in TV's history of on-screen racism; they are unquestionably portrayed as savage, violent figures threatening vulnerable whites. [11 Apr 1987, p.D-13]San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review