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"Reed Between the Lines"

Tracee Ellis-Ross, left, and Malcolm Jamal-Warner star in “Reed Between the Lines.” (Paul Abell / Associated Press / November 19, 2011)

By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles TimesNovember 19, 2011

In most respects, BET‘s “Reed Between the Lines” fits snugly within the safe cookie-cutter mold of the traditional family sitcom — successful, attractive parents with adorable kids tackle the daily challenges of life and resolve them in less than 30 minutes.

The upbeat comedy, starring Tracee Ellis Ross (“Girlfriends”) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (“The Cosby Show”) as the heads of a loving family, recalls the subject matter and tone of “The Cosby Show” — the 1980s program also built around an African American family that helped revive the sitcom genre 25 years ago with a smart and gentle mix of humor and poignancy. (Jamal-Warner starred as Theo, Bill Cosby‘s son, in the Emmy-winning series, which ran for eight seasons onNBC.) Read more:


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