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  • Series Premiere Date: May 1, 1990
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Based on Gloria Naylor's novel The Women of Brewster Place and spun off from a 1989 miniseries, this short-lived ABC drama is set in the year 1967 and follows the lives of a group of residents of an urban tenement, including a beautician-turned-restaurateur played by Oprah Winfrey. Eleven episodes were filmed, but only six aired before the series was canceled due to low ratings. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 23, 2014
    Wonderful. ... It is a realistic drama, the sort of thing you might see occasionally on experimental "American Playhouses" on public TV. But nobody does realistic drama on commercial TV today. [1 May 1990]
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 23, 2014
    "Brewster" improves on the original and has the look of a warmhearted winner. ... It's corny, it's old-fashioned, it's predictable, and it works. [1 May 1990]
  3. Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Jul 23, 2014
    Winfrey's appeal is considerable and should, for a time, guarantee curiosity-fueled high ratings. It's a warm and serious show, a television time capsule that takes us to a quieter, safer and better place. [1 May 1990]
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 23, 2014
    Brewster Place has chosen to forgo sophistication or subtlety in favor of little homilies that come off just a tad heavy-handed. [30 Apr 1990]
  5. 30
    "Brewster Place" is dominated by a feeling of softness. A sweet gentleness pervades the air and issues are avoided, rather than confronted head-on. The characters that gave the original drama its sharpest bite, including the desperate welfare mother and the lesbian couple, have been dropped entirely. [1 May 1990]
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 23, 2014
    The show reduces some of its actors, notably Cole, to stereotypical shtick. There are too many characters and too many emotional shifts, but not enough depth. Viewers who visit the neighborhood of Brewster Place won't get close to its people. [1 May 1990]
  7. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 23, 2014
    Winfrey ... displays some of the appealing humanity that also characterizes her work on her syndicated talk show. ... But "Brewster Place" is so saccharine and enervating and [Winfrey's] Mattie so sorrowful and subdued that you feel weary just watching. Not too weary to change channels, however. [1 May 1990]

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