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
Release
Original network CBS
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,[1][2] 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.

Cast[edit]

In this version, Jasmine was not German.

Production[edit]

The series was shot in the conventional sitcom format, in front of a studio audience.[3] 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.[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 were produced, and are registered with the United States Copyright Office.[6]

Season 1 (1990)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date  Prod.
code [6]
1 1 "Pilot" March 30, 1990 (1990-03-30) 101
2 2 "When You're Hot, You're Hot" April 6, 1990 (1990-04-06) 103
3 3 "You Say It's Your Birthday" April 13, 1990 (1990-04-13) 102
4 4 "Too Many Cooks" April 27, 1990 (1990-04-27) 106
5 5 "Breakdown" May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04) 105
6 6 "Art" May 11, 1990 (1990-05-11) 104

Season 2 (1990–91)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date  Prod.
code [6]
7 1 "This Bird Has Flown" September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28) 204
8 2 "Not Enough Cooks" October 5, 1990 (1990-10-05) 201
9 3 "City on a Hill" October 26, 1990 (1990-10-26) 202
10 4 "Sixteen Candles" November 2, 1990 (1990-11-02) 205
11 5 "I Got a Crush on You" November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09) 206
12 6 "Rainy Days and Mondays" November 16, 1990 (1990-11-16) 207
13 7 "Hell Hath No Fury" November 23, 1990 (1990-11-23) 203
14 8 "Over My Dead Body" July 27, 1991 (1991-07-27) 208
15 9 "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.[3] Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times said the show's premiere "doesn't click tonight, it yields no laughs".[2] 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."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b Rosenberg, Howard (March 30, 1990). "TV Reviews - Goldberg, Stapleton Team in 'Bagdad Cafe'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (March 30, 1990). "Bagdad Cafe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b c Harris, Mark (December 21, 1990). "Goodbye to Bagdad Cafe". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  5. ^ Puig, Claudia (November 27, 1990). "TV & Video". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  6. ^ a b c 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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