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The television series BREWSTER PLACE (recently released on DVD) is such a fine example of Black television at its best that when I look back at the eleven 22 minute episodes which originally aired in 1990 I am both amazed, dismayed, and proud. This half-hour TV show was so outstanding that it had to be killed-off, and quickly, before it gathered steam and a loyal Black audience (as did the much later Showtime series, SOUL FOOD.) This show was not killed due to poor ratings, despite this or any other specious reasons given--rather it was killed because it showed in just 22 minutes (as did Tim Reid's FRANK'S PLACE) Black people in their total humanity--as everyday people struggling to overcome problems in their lives--some related to race, some not--as Black men, Black women, and Black children--not as deviants, crack-heads, and criminals, but as people with warmth, compassion, and humor.
This excellent 11 episode series, which was too hot and heavy for network and back-room politicos in 1990, is still as fresh and outstanding in 2007 as it was then.
This is a must as a DVD--one I'm not ashamed to admit I waited on for 16 years. Kudos to Oprah Winfrey for releasing it.
This ran for 11 episodes, and the first episode was written by The Waltons and Falcon Crest and Palmerstown creator/writer Earl Hamner and some episodes were directed by Ivan Dixon of Car Wash.
I watched the entire 11-episode series in one sitting as they were only 30 minutes long each. I was left wanting for more.
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Because when problems and sufferings, the support of women coming togetherPublished 2 months ago by J
I find this gem for $1.99 at Citi Trend. What a great TV show. To bad it was canceled.Published 3 months ago by Gator Girl
Great series, very warm and relatable characters but not as emotionally grabbing as the mini series.Published 15 months ago by Victor J Crawl
LOVE IT<LOVE IT> please bring it out on DVD,season two is only out on VHS an is very expen sive. Please try. thanks L.CusumanoEveryone needs to see season onePublished on June 27, 2013 by Linda A. Cusumano
This is a great Tv Show it should stay on for a Season 2 everyone should get this Dvd. A wonderful Tv Show.Published on July 8, 2012 by Christopher