Whoopi

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Whoopi
Created by Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Wren T. Brown
Omid Djalili
Elizabeth Regen
Gordana Rashovich
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)  – April 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)

Whoopi is an American situation comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, that aired on Tuesdays from September 9, 2003, on NBC to April 20, 2004. The series revolved around the events and people at her hotel, the Lamont Hotel, in New York City.

Premise[edit]

From the creators and executive producers of 3rd Rock from the Sun and That '70s Show, Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg starred in this comedy as one-hit wonder Mavis Rae, a cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking, menopausal and especially opinionated hotelier. The former one-hit wonder runs her own small hotel in New York City - and does it any way she wants. Goldberg also served as an executive producer on the series.

Fifteen years earlier, Mavis had one huge, spectacular hit song, "Don't Hide Love". Quickly realizing that her initial success was a fluke, she parlayed her finances from that hit into purchasing the Lamont Hotel in Manhattan. Mavis operates the hotel on her charm and wit while assisted by Nasim (Omid Djalili), who is a native of Iran. Also in the regular cast were Mavis's brother Courtney (Wren T. Brown), a conservative Republican, and his girlfriend Rita (Elizabeth Regen), who spoke jive and was portrayed with an exaggerated urban black stereotype despite the fact that she was white. Rita and Mavis frequently clashed over the course of the series, leading to many of the conflicts that drove the plot of each episode.

Cast[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

  • Diahann Carroll as Mavis' mother, Viveca Rae (episode: Mother's Little Helper)
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Mavis' former band mate, Florence Lamarck (episode: She Ain't Heavy, She's My Partner)
  • Rue McClanahan as a hotel guest using marijuana with a group of "ill" seniors (episode: American Woman)
  • Patrick Swayze as Mavis' former choreographer, Tony (episode: The Last Dance)
  • Celeste Holm as an elderly tenant of Mavis', Diana (episode: The Squatter)
  • Krysten Ritter as Diana's granddaughter, Brynn (episode: The Squatter)
  • Vinny DeGennaro as the Bartender

Episode List[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Theme
1 "Pilot" September 9, 2003 Mavis vs. Rita
2 "Don't Hide Your Bag" September 16, 2003 Terrorism
3 "Once Bitten" September 23, 2003 Mavis vs. Rita
4 "Shout TV" September 30, 2003
5 "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" October 7, 2003
6 "The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" October 14, 2003 Politics
7 "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Partner" October 21, 2003
8 "Rita Plays Poker" October 28, 2003 Mavis vs. Rita
9 "Sticky Fingers" November 11, 2003
10 "Mother's Little Helper" November 18, 2003
11 "The Fat and the Frivolous" December 9, 2003
12 "American Woman" January 6, 2004 Politics
13 "Airplane" January 13, 2004 Poker Group
14 "Is Rita Pregnant?" February 3, 2004 Mavis vs. Rita
15 "The Last Dance" February 24, 2004
16 "No Sex in the City" March 2, 2004 Poker Group
17 "What Child is This?" March 16, 2004
18 "Don't Hide Love" March 23, 2004 Politics
19 "The Squatters" March 30, 2004
20 "Identity Crisis" April 6, 2004
21 "Strange Bedfellows" April 13, 2004
22 "Sins of the Sister" April 20, 2004 Politics


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