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Genre Sitcom
Created by Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Wren T. Brown
Omid Djalili
Elizabeth Regen
Gordana Rashovich
Opening theme "Whoopi" by Whoopi Goldberg
Composer(s) Ahrin Mishan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Whoopi Goldberg
Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Caryn Mandabach
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) One Ho Productions
NBC Studios
Original network NBC
Original release September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09) – April 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)

Whoopi is an American sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg that premiered on September 9, 2003, on NBC. The show aired for one season and ended on April 20, 2004. The series revolved around the events and people at her hotel, the Lamont Hotel, in New York City.


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.

In 1986 Mavis had one huge, spectacular hit song, the two-time Grammy Award-winning "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.


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)

List of episodes[edit]

# 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 Nasim vs. Mavis
5 "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" October 7, 2003 Blind People
6 "The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" October 14, 2003 Politics
7 "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Partner" October 21, 2003 Mavis' Singing Career
8 "Rita Plays Poker" October 28, 2003 Mavis vs. Rita
9 "Sticky Fingers" November 11, 2003 Shop Lyfting
10 "Mother's Little Helper" November 18, 2003 Medicating Family Members
11 "The Fat and the Frivolous" December 9, 2003 Frivolous Law Suits
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 Religion
16 "No Sex in the City" March 2, 2004 Poker Group
17 "What Child is This?" March 16, 2004
18 "Don't Hide Love (The Gay Anthem)" March 23, 2004 Politics
19 "The Squatter" March 30, 2004 Caring for the Elderly
20 "Identity Crisis" April 6, 2004 Banking
21 "Strange Bedfellows" April 13, 2004 Nasim & Jadwiga
22 "Sins of the Sister" April 20, 2004 Politics

Main crew[edit]


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