A faded singer decides to reopen her hotel's lounge.




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Series cast summary:
Whoopi Goldberg ...  Mavis Rae 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Wren T. Brown ...  Courtney Rae 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Elizabeth Regen ...  Rita Nash / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Omid Djalili ...  Nasim / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Gordana Rashovich Gordana Rashovich ...  Jadwiga 21 episodes, 2003-2004
Mary Testa ...  Sophia 20 episodes, 2003-2004
MaryAnn Hu ...  Soo Lin / ... 14 episodes, 2003-2004
Danielle Lee Greaves Danielle Lee Greaves ...  Danielle 13 episodes, 2003-2004


A faded singer decides to reopen her hotel's lounge.

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America's most outspoken new comedy.


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Release Date:

9 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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(22 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Courtney: You sure you know what you're doing?
Nasim: Excuse me, I was trained by the Iranian Militia to build a missile system... which we do not have!
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19 September 2003 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

This was neither as bad as some expected nor as good as Whoopi's best work might have indicated. The emphasis on timely social and political humor is a breath of fresh air in the modern sitcom world, because producers have become gun shy about possibly offending touchy viewers. I'm sure we'll be hearing from them about how every mention of ethnicity is automatically offensive, but many of those jokes in "Whoopi" are genuinely funny. The best part of the show is the chemistry between Mavis and Nasim, the Persian handyman. The banter between the two of them, both challenging and friendly, is a strong base to build a show on. Less successful is Mavis's uptight brother and his "Afrophilic" Caucasian wife. One can easily see how they were conceived as an ironic counterpoint, but both characters are much funnier in concept than they are in execution. Maybe when they become actual characters rather than schema they will be more entertaining.

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