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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 16, 1990
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The 1988 film starred Melanie Griffith in the title role, with Sigourney Weaver as her insufferable boss, but the tv series had to settle for more lesser known talent. Tess, the spunky, independent secretary portrayed here by newcomer "Sandra Bullock" who suddenly becomes a junior executiveThe 1988 film starred Melanie Griffith in the title role, with Sigourney Weaver as her insufferable boss, but the tv series had to settle for more lesser known talent. Tess, the spunky, independent secretary portrayed here by newcomer "Sandra Bullock" who suddenly becomes a junior executive after charming company owner A.J. Trask. Tess' first challenge was to survive working with her antagonistic, uptight immediate boss, Mrs. Newhouse, also known as the "company witch". Lana, a secretary, was Tess' best pal, more interested in doing her nails and rooting for Tess than in getting ahead herself; Everett was a fellow junior executive who was charming but eager to please; and Libby was Tess' world-wise, "permanent temporary" secretary, a moonlighting musician. Back home each night on Staten Island, Tess had to contend with her doting parents Joe and Fran, and with Sal, the blue-collar neighborhood Romeo who constantly pursued her. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 4, 2014
    50
    More often than not, however, most of the laughs are junior too.
  2. 50
    What may be missing most in the TV mix is the supporting cast and behind-the-camera work that launched Griffith's acting rocket in the movie. [16 Apr 1990, p.C4]
  3. Reviewed by: Greg Dawson
    May 4, 2014
    40
    What it took Griffith more than two hours to achieve in the movie - finagling her way from the secretarial pool to the board room - TV's working girl (Sandra Bullock) does in 30 minutes. There seems little point in continuing after that. It's hard to imagine, or care, where the story goes from here. [15 Apr 1990, p.F1]
  4. Reviewed by: John Haslett
    May 4, 2014
    30
    [Bullock]'s not even remotely believable as a blue-collar kid. [16 Apr 1990]
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 4, 2014
    30
    Bad enough that dark-haired Sandra Bullock lacks the fuzzy but tough quirkiness of Melanie Griffith's Tess. And that Nana Visitor's boss lady, a two-faced Yalie named Bryn, has none of the swagger and venomous sting of Sigourney Weaver's comic caricature...But to make matters worse, by the end of the opener these two now- conventional gals are more allies than adversaries. [16 Apr 1990, p.3D]
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Edelstein
    May 4, 2014
    30
    The writers try to limn the blue-collar vs. white-collar struggle that gave the movie its bite, but end up sounding mushy and sentimental. [16 Apr 1990, p.11]
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 4, 2014
    20
    It wasn't much of a movie, but Griffith's dewy-eyed charm saved it. By sharp contrast, the TV version has precisely zero compensations, unless one hungers for further proof that NBC programmers are getting softer and softer in the noggin. [16 Apr 1990, p.B8]

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