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Whoopi is an American sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg that premiered on September 9, 2003, on NBC. The show aired for one season and ended on April 20, 2004. The series revolved around the events and people at her hotel, the Lamont Hotel, in New York City.

Genre Sitcom
Created by Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Wren T. Brown
Omid Djalili
Elizabeth Regen
Gordana Rashovich
Opening theme "Whoopi" by Whoopi Goldberg
Composer(s) Ahrin Mishan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Whoopi Goldberg
Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Caryn Mandabach
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) One Ho Productions
NBC Studios
Original network NBC
Original release September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09) – April 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)



Whoopi Goldberg starred in this comedy as one-hit wonder Mavis Rae, a cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking, menopausal and especially opinionated hotelier. The former one-hit wonder runs her own small hotel in New York City - and does it any way she wants. Goldberg also served as an executive producer on the series.

In 1986 Mavis had one huge, spectacular hit song, the two-time Grammy Award-winning "Don't Hide Love". Quickly realizing that her initial success was a fluke, she parlayed her finances from that hit into purchasing the Lamont Hotel in Manhattan. Mavis operates the hotel on her charm and wit while assisted by Nasim (Omid Djalili), who is a native of Iran. Also in the regular cast were Mavis's brother Courtney (Wren T. Brown), a conservative Republican, and his girlfriend Rita (Elizabeth Regen), who spoke jive and was portrayed with an exaggerated urban black stereotype despite the fact that she was white. Rita and Mavis frequently clashed over the course of the series, leading to many of the conflicts that drove the plot of each episode.



Notable guest starsEdit

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Mavis' former band mate, Florence Lamarck (episode: "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Partner")
  • Diahann Carroll as Mavis' mother, Viveca Rae (episode: "Mother's Little Helper")
  • Rue McClanahan as a hotel guest using marijuana with a group of "ill" seniors (episode: "American Woman")
  • Patrick Swayze as Mavis' former choreographer, Tony (episode: "The Last Dance")
  • Celeste Holm as an elderly tenant of Mavis', Diana (episode: "The Squatter")
  • Krysten Ritter as Diana's granddaughter, Brynn (episode: "The Squatter")


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Terry HughesBonnie Turner and Terry TurnerSeptember 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)
2"Don't Hide Your Bag"Terry HughesMike Chessler & Chris AlberghiniSeptember 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
3"Once Bitten"Terry HughesJerry CollinsSeptember 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
4"Shout TV"Terry HughesMike LarsenSeptember 30, 2003 (2003-09-30)
5"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"Terry HughesTBAOctober 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)
6"The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"Terry HughesLarry WilmoreOctober 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
7"She Ain't Heavy, She's My Partner"Terry HughesDavid RegalOctober 21, 2003 (2003-10-21)
8"Rita Plays Poker"TBATBAOctober 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)
9"Sticky Fingers"Terry HughesMike Chessler & Chris AlberghiniNovember 11, 2003 (2003-11-11)
10"Mother's Little Helper"Terry HughesLaurie ParresNovember 18, 2003 (2003-11-18)
11"The Fat and the Frivolous"TBADavid WyattDecember 9, 2003 (2003-12-09)
12"American Woman"TBATBAJanuary 6, 2004 (2004-01-06)
13"Airplane"TBATBAJanuary 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
14"Is Rita Pregnant?"Terry HughesTerry TurnerFebruary 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
15"The Last Dance"TBATBAFebruary 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
16"No Sex in the City"TBATBAMarch 2, 2004 (2004-03-02)
17"What Child Is This?"TBATBAMarch 16, 2004 (2004-03-16)
18"Don't Hide Love"TBATBAMarch 23, 2004 (2004-03-23)
19"The Squatter"TBATBAMarch 30, 2004 (2004-03-30)
20"Identity Crisis"TBATBAApril 6, 2004 (2004-04-06)
21"Strange Bedfellows"TBATBAApril 13, 2004 (2004-04-13)
22"Sins of the Sister"TBATBAApril 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)


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