Linc's is an American comedy-drama television series created by Tim Reid and Susan Fales-Hill. The series starred Steven Williams, Pam Grier and Golden Brooks, and was set in a bar in Washington, D.C. It aired on Showtime for two seasons from August 1998 to February 2000. After its cancellation, it was briefly syndicated on Showtime's former sister network BET.

Created by
ComposerLionel Cole
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes37
Executive producers
  • Tim Reid
  • Susan Fales-Hill
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseAugust 1, 1998 (1998-08-01) –
February 13, 2000 (2000-02-13)



  • Steven Williams as Russell A. "Linc" Lincoln, the owner of Linc's Bar & Grill. He is a widowed Republican and post-Vietnam Army veteran.
  • Golden Brooks as CeCe Jennings, an outspoken waitress at Linc's and a single mother
  • Joe Inscoe as Harlan Hubbard IV, Chief of Staff for the Republican Senator of Mississippi
  • Pam Grier as Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop, the firm, characteristic head of the National Organization for Children
  • Georg Stanford Brown as Johnnie B. Goode, a money-hungry D.C. lobbyist



Season 1 (1998–99)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1–21–2"God Don't Like Ugly"UnknownUnknownAugust 1, 1998 (1998-08-01)
Rosalee (Tisha Campbell) is transferred to a nearby base, and then has a shocking announcement for her father. Linc has a hard time dealing with Rosalee's lifestyle; Eleanor must decide which two pieces of legislation to support.
33"Did He or Didn't He?"UnknownUnknownAugust 8, 1998 (1998-08-08)
Eleanor's happiness over being honored by a women's organization is shattered by a false arrest. To the rescue?
44"Why Can't We Be Friends?"UnknownSusan Fales-HillAugust 15, 1998 (1998-08-15)
Johnnie's efforts to change CeCe's way of speaking sparks a debate between Linc and Eleanor about the school voucher issue.
55"A Different Shade of Rashomon"UnknownUnknownAugust 22, 1998 (1998-08-22)
CeCe and Harlan are spotted in a car together, and Eartha and Johnnie give wildly differing accounts of what they saw.
66"The Day My Momma Died"UnknownUnknownAugust 29, 1998 (1998-08-29)
The gang at Linc's rallies around Johnnie (Georg Stanford Brown), whose mother has died.
77"Scratch My Back"UnknownUnknownSeptember 5, 1998 (1998-09-05)
Linc is forced to decide which of two employees---one black, one white---to lay off when business starts to drop.
88"Sweet Bitter Love"UnknownUnknownSeptember 12, 1998 (1998-09-12)
The gang ponders why CeCe (Golden Brooks) ended her relationship with a successful businessman.
99"March on Washington: Part 1"UnknownUnknownSeptember 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)
Linc and his pals get together to honor the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's March on Washington.
1010"March on Washington: Part 2"UnknownUnknownOctober 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
Linc finds his conservative personality clashing with that of his leftist friend, Bobby (Gregory Hines).
1111"Episode #1.9"UnknownUnknownOctober 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)
Linc and Eleanor consider consummating their relationship.
1212"Winston's Deportation"UnknownUnknownOctober 24, 1998 (1998-10-24)
The gang bands together when they learn Winston (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje) may be deported.
1313"Gangsta Rap"James HamptonDewayne WickhamOctober 31, 1998 (1998-10-31)
The building of a store funded by a record company that sells gangsta rap arouses the ire of newly divorced Eleanor. Meanwhile, Eleanor and Linc contemplate their future.
1414"A Little T.K.O."UnknownUnknownDecember 19, 1998 (1998-12-19)
Eleanor's friend develops a crush on Linc, much to Eleanor's chagrin.
1515"Lt. Lincoln Goes to Washington"UnknownUnknownJanuary 28, 1999 (1999-01-28)
Linc's daughter (Tisha Campbell), testifies before the Senate on behalf of single mothers.

Season 2: 1999–2000Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
161"Lovers and Other Traitors"Tim ReidSusan Fales-HillJune 13, 1999 (1999-06-13)
172"Trust in Me"Tim ReidSusan Fales-HillJune 20, 1999 (1999-06-20)
Eleanor's name is linked in a scandal involving a politician.
183"Moonlighting"James HamptonAdriana TrigianiJune 27, 1999 (1999-06-27)
CeCe wants to make an impression on her new boyfriend by taking another job.
194"Love is War"Matthew DiamondCharles Randolph-WrightJuly 11, 1999 (1999-07-11)
Linc reluctantly accompanies Eleanor to relationship counseling.
205"To Slam or Not to Slam"UnknownCharles Randolph-WrightJuly 18, 1999 (1999-07-18)
Dante (Randy J. Goodwin) convinces a skeptical Linc to drum up customers by holding a slam-poetry night.
216"From Here to Eternity"Georg Stanford BrownAdriana TrigianiJuly 25, 1999 (1999-07-25)
Eleanor's ex-husband comforts her when their dog dies.
227"Shades of Gray"Tim ReidAdriana TrigianiAugust 1, 1999 (1999-08-01)
Dante takes Rosalee to a military ball when Rosalee's date backs out.
238"Deconstructing Harlan"Matthew DiamondSusan Fales-HillAugust 8, 1999 (1999-08-08)
Harlan (Joe Inscoe) learns a secret about his past.
249"Speaking in Tongues"Matthew DiamondCharles Randolph-WrightAugust 15, 1999 (1999-08-15)
Dante and Eleanor compete over the purchase of a building.
2510"Secrets and Lies and the Missing Modigliani"UnknownUnknownAugust 22, 1999 (1999-08-22)
The ladies of Linc's start a book club to take their minds off men, but the plan is hardly successful.
2611"The Coliseum"UnknownUnknownAugust 29, 1999 (1999-08-29)
Linc and Eleanor band together to rescue CeCe from a cult.
2712"Like Father Like Daughter"UnknownUnknownSeptember 5, 1999 (1999-09-05)
Linc and Rosalee are horrified to learn they've been dating the same woman.
2813"On the Air"UnknownUnknownSeptember 12, 1999 (1999-09-12)
A controversial DJ brings his broadcast to the bar after CeCe wins a radio contest.
2914"15 Seconds of Fame"Tim ReidSusan Fales-HillDecember 5, 1999 (1999-12-05)
CeCe and her mother appear on a talk show hosted by Dennis Rodman (who appears as himself).
3015"What I Did for Love"UnknownUnknownDecember 12, 1999 (1999-12-12)
Eleanor is jealous of Linc's new girlfriend, who's wealthy---and a blonde.
3116"Real Time"UnknownUnknownDecember 19, 1999 (1999-12-19)
Eleanor tries to rekindle love with an old flame, while celebrities Debbie Allen, Fred Berry and Richard Roundtree travel to Washington, D.C., for the “Unemployed Black Actor's March.”
3217"Dog Day Afternoon"James HamptonStory by : Tim Reid
Teleplay by : Charles Randolph-Wright & Susan Fales-Hill & Adriana Trigiani
December 26, 1999 (1999-12-26)
The gang at the bar finds themselves in a tense hostage situation.
3318"A Dry White Season"UnknownSusan Fales-Hill & Charles Randolph-WrightJanuary 16, 2000 (2000-01-16)
Linc and his patrons are targeted by a TV producer to serve as prototypes for a new series.
3419"The Music in Me"UnknownUnknownJanuary 23, 2000 (2000-01-23)
Dante helps CeCe get a record and music-video deal. But CeCe is more interested in getting Dante (Randy J. Goodwin).
3520"I Just Want to Testify"Bob DelegallStory by : Pam Grier
Teleplay by : Susan Fales-Hill & Adriana Trigiani & Charles Randolph-Wright
January 30, 2000 (2000-01-30)
Linc's injury in an accident inspires him to renew his friendship with Eleanor.
3621"East Meets West"UnknownUnknownFebruary 6, 2000 (2000-02-06)
Dante's career and life are threatened when one of his acts demands to be released from a contract.
3722"People Like Us"UnknownUnknownFebruary 13, 2000 (2000-02-13)
It's a family affair at the bar when Eleanor's son falls for CeCe, and Linc's nephew writes an unflattering portrait of the Lincoln family.


Linc's was the first television series to be filmed at Tim Reid's New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia. Filming for the first season took place from May to August 1998.[1]


  • In 1999, Linc's was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama Series, and Pam Grier was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop.
  • In 2000, at the NAACP Image Awards, Linc's was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, Pam Grier was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, and Steven Williams was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.


  1. ^ King, Susan (July 26, 1998). "Politically Incorrect". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 25, 2021. Retrieved August 25, 2021.

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