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Brewster Place is an ABC network drama series and spin-off of the 1989 mini-series "The Women of Brewster Place" which was based on Gloria Naylor's novel of the same name.

The show aired from May 1 to July 11, 1990, lasting for one season & 11 episode (with one episode left unaired).


Set in 1967, the series began with events following the end of the miniseries. After Mattie Michael is fired from her job as a beautician, she and her best friend, Etta Mae purchase a neighborhood restaurant.


  • Oprah Winfrey as Mattie Michael
  • Rachael Crawford as Melanie "Kiswana" Browne
  • Brenda Pressley as Etta Mae Johnson
  • Olivia Cole as Miss Sophie
  • Kelly Neal as Abshu Kamau
  • Jason Weaver as Matthew Thomas


  • Episode 1: 15.3 rating/21.9 million viewers
  • Episode 2: 13.2 rating
  • Episode 3: 9.7 rating
  • Episode 4: 10.1
  • Episode 5: 9
  • Episode 6: 7.6 rating/11.9 million viewers


Entertainment Weekly gave "Brewster Place" a grade of "B−", and reviewed the show mildly favorably, stating, "There's something warm and comforting about Brewster Place, and something complacent and artificial as well."