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Kate Brasher is an American drama series that was broadcast on CBS from February 24 until April 14, 2001. It premiered at 9:00pm ET/PT on Saturday, February 24, 2001 and was cancelled after six episodes.

Kate Brasher
Created byStephen Tolkin
StarringMary Stuart Masterson
Rhea Perlman
Hector Elizondo
Theme music composerNathan Barr
Lisbeth Scott [1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)Danny DeVito
John Landgraf
Stacey Sher
Stephen Tolkin
Producer(s)Mary Stuart Masterson
Cyrus I. Yavneh
CinematographyGordon Lonsdale
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Jersey Television
CBS Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 24 (2001-02-24) –
April 14, 2001 (2001-04-14)



The title character was the single mother of teenaged sons Daniel and Elvis. Facing a financial crisis, she seeks legal advice at Brothers Keepers, an inner city community advocacy center, and is offered a job as a social worker. Her co-workers include attorney Abbie Schaeffer and Joe Almeida, the organization's street-smart director, who founded it after his daughter was killed in gang crossfire.


Among those actors making guest appearances during the series' short run were K Callan, Dennis Christopher, Paul Dooley, Mariette Hartley, Josh Hopkins, Carl Lumbly, David Naughton and Mackenzie Phillips.[1]

Development and productionEdit

Series creator Stephen Tolkin based the character of Almeida on Rabbi Mark Borovitz, an ex-convict and alcoholic who became the spiritual leader of Gateways Beit T'Shuvah, a residential treatment center for Jews in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The two men met when Tolkin contacted the rabbi for help with a friend who was dealing with substance abuse.[2]

Although set in Santa Monica, California, the series was shot on location in San Diego, California.


No.TitleDirected by [3]Written by [3]Original air dateProd.
code [3]
James FrawleyStephen TolkinFebruary 24, 2001 (2001-02-24)1AEA01
2"Simon"Jerry LevineStory by : John Landgraf, Joel Fields, Stephen Tolkin
Written by : Joel Fields, Stephen Tolkin
March 3, 2001 (2001-03-03)1AEA04
3"Jeff"Steve RobmanJoel Fields, Stephen TolkinMarch 10, 2001 (2001-03-10)1AEA06
4"Jackson"Joe NapolitanoPhil PenningrothMarch 24, 2001 (2001-03-24)1AEA05
5"Tracy"Arvin BrownStephen TolkinApril 7, 2001 (2001-04-07)1AEA02
6"Georgia"Steve MinerDana BarattaApril 14, 2001 (2001-04-14)1AEA03

Critical receptionEdit

Anita Gates of the New York Times said the series "has an appealing cast and doesn't insult viewers' intelligence most of the time. But the main characters - who are 100 percent good and face off against people who are 100 percent bad - always seem to be making self-righteous speeches . . . There's nothing wrong with inspiring little speeches that make audiences cheer. It was always a pleasure to see Dixie Carter get carried away with one of hers on Designing Women. But the speeches have to say something in a fresh way, and even Ms. Carter's orations got old once the show's writers became so self-conscious about them.

Kate Brasher is trying too hard . . . to be quirky . . . to create a noisy ER-ish atmosphere of hustle, bustle, chaos and crisis, . . . [and] to be simultaneously uplifting and cynical." [4]


  1. ^ a b Series profile at
  2. ^ Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, March 30, 2001
  3. ^ a b c From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Kate Brasher"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  4. ^ New York Times review

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