IMDb > "Bagdad Cafe" (1990)

"Bagdad Cafe" (1990) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1990-


User Rating:
7.2/10   249 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Bagdad Cafe on IMDbPro.
1 | 2
Release Date:
30 March 1990 (USA) See more »
Sitcom based on the 1987 indie hit "Bagdad Café" follows two women, a desert motel and diner owner and her guest whose husbands just left them, who slowly develop a rocky friendship. Several colorful characters live there as well.
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
A great comedic paring. See more (6 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 9)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Brenda (15 episodes, 1990-1991)

Jean Stapleton ... Jasmine Zweibel (15 episodes, 1990-1991)

James Gammon ... Rudy (15 episodes, 1990-1991)

Monica Calhoun ... Debbie (15 episodes, 1990-1991)

Cleavon Little ... Sal (12 episodes, 1990-1991)

Sam Whipple ... Dewey Kunkle (9 episodes, 1990-1991)

Series Directed by
Paul Bogart (15 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Writing credits
Mort Lachman (2 episodes, 1990)
Sy Rosen (2 episodes, 1990)

Don Rhymer (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Michael Mount .... producer (6 episodes, 1990)

Zev Braun .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Kenneth Kaufman .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Tom Patchett .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Steve Cioffi (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Set Decoration by
Tom Talbert (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Julia L. Walker .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Norman S. Powell .... production supervisor: CBS (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Adam J. Braff .... leadman (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
Greg Gneier .... set designer (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Craig Pittman .... lead man (4 episodes, 1990)

Don 'Tex' Clark .... on-set dresser (unknown episodes)
Amy Vuckovich .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Pattie Stone .... light board operator (6 episodes, 1990)

Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Shawn Stevens .... crafts service manager (15 episodes, 1990-1991)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
UK:30 min (13 episodes)

Did You Know?

Whoopi Goldberg was originally offered the part of Brenda in the film Bagdad Cafe (1987) but she turned it down.See more »
Calling YouSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A great comedic paring., 6 May 1999
Author: Fred-172 from United States

Baghdad Cafe ran for two seasons on CBS. It had a different plot than the movie. It centered on a desert hotel and cafe owner (played by Whoppi Goldberg) whose husband (played by Cleavon Little) left after an argument. She was then left with the task of running the hotel, the cafe, and taking care of her family. Jean Stapleton played a older woman whose husband threw her out of the car after a argument. Stapleton winds up at the cafe and hotel and an unusual friendship then begins. Secondary characters included Rudy (played by the wonderful James Gammon) a desert artist who becomes romantically involved with Stapleton's character. They first season he just flirted with her, which was funny. The second season brought changes. Exceutive producer Mort Lachman was out and was replaced by Tom Patchett and Kenneth Kauffman. Goldberg's son went to college. Two new characters were added: an African-American Sheriff (played by William Shockley) and Rudy's nephew Dewey (played by Sam Whipple) who became the cook in the restaurant. The show did not see a complete second season and was canceled shortly into the second season. Despite the changes this show went through, the quality did not waver. The writing was excellent and the pairing of Stapleton and Goldberg was magnificent. It also had a magnificent supporting cast. Too bad it only got two seasons. It deserved better.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (6 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
"The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" "The New Odd Couple" "Dear John" "Weird Science"
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Full cast and crew Company credits
News articles IMDb TV section IMDb Comedy section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button