Bagdad Cafe (TV series)

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Bagdad Cafe
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Percy Adlon
Directed by Paul Bogart
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Jean Stapleton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 15
Production
Executive producer(s) Zev Braun
Mort Lachman
Thad Mumford
Sy Rosen
Producer(s) Michael Mount
Running time 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run March 30, 1990 – July 27, 1991

Bagdad Cafe is an American television sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton. The series premiered March 30, 1990 on CBS.[1][2] The show is based on the 1987 Percy Adlon film Bagdad Cafe.

Cast[edit]

In the TV version, Jasmine was no longer German.

Production[edit]

The series was shot in the conventional sitcom format, before a studio audience.[3] The show did not obtain a sizable audience, being forced to compete with ABC's Top 30 hit Family Matters and was cancelled after two seasons.[4]

Insiders say that production of the series ended on November 16, 1990, after a dispute between Goldberg and the show's co-executive producer, Thad Mumford.[5] Executive producer Kenneth Kaufman was told that Goldberg called CBS president Jeff Sagansky in late November to say that she was quitting the show.[4] With no time to recast Goldberg's role, CBS ended the series and pulled the remaining episodes from the broadcast schedule.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Fifteen episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.

# Title Original airdate Production code
1 Pilot March 30, 1990 (1990-03-30) 101
2 "When You're Hot, You're Hot" April 6, 1990 (1990-04-06) 103
3 "You Say It's Your Birthday" April 13, 1990 (1990-04-13) 102
4 "Too Many Cooks" April 27, 1990 (1990-04-27) 106
5 "Breakdown" May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04) 105
6 "Art" May 11, 1990 (1990-05-11) 104
7 "This Bird Has Flown" September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28) 204
8 "Not Enough Cooks" October 5, 1990 (1990-10-05) 201
9 "City on a Hill" October 26, 1990 (1990-10-26) 202
10 "Sixteen Candles" November 2, 1990 (1990-11-02) 205
11 "I Got a Crush on You" November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09) 206
12 "Rainy Days and Mondays" November 16, 1990 (1990-11-16) 207
13 "Hell Hath No Fury" November 23, 1990 (1990-11-23) 203
14 "Over My Dead Body" July 27, 1991 (1991-07-27) 208
15 "Prisoner of Love" July 27, 1991 (1991-07-27) 209

Reception[edit]

Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated the series a C, saying that "rarely has a bad sitcom been better acted". Despite being impressed with the acting from Stapleton and Little, Tucker was disappointed that the producers did not hire better writers, to match the quality of the movie on which the series is based.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (March 30, 1990). "TV Weekend; Open Season on Husbands as Comedy Stars Return". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (March 30, 1990). "TV Reviews - Goldberg, Stapleton Team in 'Bagdad Cafe'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (March 30, 1990). "Bagdad Cafe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  4. ^ a b c Harris, Mark (December 21, 1990). "Goodbye to Bagdad Cafe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  5. ^ Puig, Claudia (November 27, 1990). "TV & Video". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  6. ^ Tucker, Ken (March 30, 1990). "Bagdad Cafe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 

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