A professor from Boston runs his late father's New Orleans restaurant.






1988   1987  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »


Complete series cast summary:
 Frank Parrish (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Sy 'Bubba' Weisberger (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Hanna Griffin (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Francesca P. Roberts ...
 Anna-May (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Frances E. Williams ...
 Miss Marie (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Bertha Griffin-Lamour (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Big Arthur (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Charles Lampkin ...
 Tiger Shepin (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Reverend Tyrone Deal (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
William Thomas Jr. ...
 Cool Charles (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Shorty (22 episodes, 1987-1988)


Frank Parish is a professor from Boston, who has not seen his father since he was two. 35 years later, he is told that his father died and that he owned a restaurant in New Orleans, which is now legally Frank's. Frank goes there and was going to go back and sell the restaurant to the employees, but Miss Marie feels that the restaurant is his legacy, so she has a curse placed on him that would take effect when he returns to Boston. And when he does all sorts things happen to him, so he returns to New Orleans. He tries to make a go of it but frankly, it's a different place for him. The one bright spot is Hannah Griffin, whom Frank has the hots for but unfortunately for him, she's enganged. But when Frank meets him, he thinks that he has a shot. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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A delicious new comedy. You'll be satisfied.


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

14 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El local de Frank  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Reid and Hugh Wilson spent time in New Orleans for research. Many of things they encountered there were incorporated into the series. Chez Louisiane was based on a New Orleans restaurant named Chez Helene. The character, Big Arthur, was based on Chez Helene's owner, Austin Leslie. Other examples included the coffin with a phone and the slogan "Jesus Called" and being frightened by a mortician's cold hands. See more »


Referenced in TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) See more »


Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Performed by Louis Armstrong
(opening theme)
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31 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Going on twenty years later, and it was one of a kind. Best show hands down.

Too funny, without being sexually explicit with adult material. Brilliant.

Beah Richards would deservedly win the guest actress Emmy as the widow of the man who "may" have killed himself, but to this day I enjoy fellow nominee Conchata Farrell from the same episode as the lawyer representing Richards. The lines "I spit up on her. My mother died in her arms" is a chilling, stunning setup.

"In other words, gentlemen, I am your worst nightmare come true."


The Rosalind Cash-Lynne Thigpen episode. Subtle, yet memorable. Cash was the old voodoo ways, Thigpen was the updated voodoo ways. Too classic.

Loved the "spell" being carried in by Thigpen in a paper bag covered in aluminum.

I had forgotten about the dead body being removed from the funeral home. The "body" would tip his hat and smile at the very end after credits rolled.

The boxing match. Sensational.

I suppose my fave was the restaurant episode with the country band, the drag queens, the white family and "Pick a bale of cotton." Around the same time, Robin Williams had pulled the same joke on a special "Carol, Carl, Robin & Whoopi" but it was still funny here.

My brother managed to record most of the episodes, only missing a two parter dealing with drugs.

I still think about this grand show.

Daphne Maxwell-Reid and Virginia Capers. Hilarious when she got mad and was in that wheelchair.

And the reverend! How could I forget him! "But the Lord loves me!"

He would have a quick scene in the boxing match that was too funny.

Toward the end, Frank would be told that Daphne was getting married to a football player and he would meet the guy, who had a voice like a cartoon character. Frank felt vindicated. At the very end, he mimicked MIckey Mouse giving football calls.

This show would be replaced with that horrendous retirement community show that starred Glynis Johns, Alan Young and the fellow who played Wimpy in the Robin Williams-Shelly Duvall Popeye movie.

Was Frank's Place ahead of its time? Who knows?

It would receive numerous nominations in the only year it was on, and other than Richards' guest win, it would only receive writing.

Yes, it seemed to be because they were Black. Even in the eighties it could be too much. It was a shame.

But thankfully the show was done for that year.

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