Bagdad Cafe (TV series)
|Created by||Percy Adlon|
|Directed by||Paul Bogart|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Executive producer(s)||Zev Braun
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Original release||March 30, 1990 – July 27, 1991|
Bagdad Cafe is an American television sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton that aired on CBS. The series premiered March 30, 1990, and ran two seasons before being cancelled in winter 1990. The last two episodes aired in July 1991. The show is based on the 1987 Percy Adlon film Bagdad Cafe.
- Whoopi Goldberg as Brenda
- Jean Stapleton as Jasmine
- James Gammon as Rudy
- Monica Calhoun as Debbie
- Scott Lawrence as Juney
- Cleavon Little as Sal
In this version, Jasmine was not German.
The series was shot in the conventional sitcom format, in front of a studio audience. The show did not obtain a sizable audience, being forced to compete with ABC's Top 20 hit Family Matters and was cancelled after two seasons.
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. Executive producer Kenneth Kaufman was told that Goldberg called CBS president Jeff Sagansky in late November to say that she was quitting the show. With no time to recast Goldberg's role, CBS ended the series and pulled the remaining episodes from the broadcast schedule.
Season 1 (1990)
|Title||Original air date||Prod.
|1||1||"Pilot"||March 30, 1990||101|
|2||2||"When You're Hot, You're Hot"||April 6, 1990||103|
|3||3||"You Say It's Your Birthday"||April 13, 1990||102|
|4||4||"Too Many Cooks"||April 27, 1990||106|
|5||5||"Breakdown"||May 4, 1990||105|
|6||6||"Art"||May 11, 1990||104|
Season 2 (1990–91)
|Title||Original air date||Prod.
|7||1||"This Bird Has Flown"||September 28, 1990||204|
|8||2||"Not Enough Cooks"||October 5, 1990||201|
|9||3||"City on a Hill"||October 26, 1990||202|
|10||4||"Sixteen Candles"||November 2, 1990||205|
|11||5||"I Got a Crush on You"||November 9, 1990||206|
|12||6||"Rainy Days and Mondays"||November 16, 1990||207|
|13||7||"Hell Hath No Fury"||November 23, 1990||203|
|14||8||"Over My Dead Body"||July 27, 1991||208|
|15||9||"Prisoner of Love"||July 27, 1991||209|
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. Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times said the show's premiere "doesn't click tonight, it yields no laughs". However, John J. O'Connor of The New York Times remarks that, "The stars seem to be enjoying themselves immensely", and complements the director of the pilot noting, "Paul Bogart, a sitcom miracle worker, directs the first episode with enough aplomb to qualify himself as a master illusionist."
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- Rosenberg, Howard (March 30, 1990). "TV Reviews - Goldberg, Stapleton Team in 'Bagdad Cafe'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
- Tucker, Ken (March 30, 1990). "Bagdad Cafe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
- Harris, Mark (December 21, 1990). "Goodbye to Bagdad Cafe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
- Puig, Claudia (November 27, 1990). "TV & Video". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
- From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
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