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The Women of Brewster Place, starring Oprah Winfrey and based off of a novel by Gloria Naylor follows the story of a group of women from different walks of life who reside in an urban housing neighborhood called Brewster Place. The story unfolds with their tales of triumph and tragedy as they deal with infidelity, raising children on their own and covert racism. The main character, Mattie Michael is impregnated and thus kicked out of the house by her parent's when she refuses to disclose the name of the father of her child. She begins her journey on her own to Brewster Place where she shares her hopes and aspirations with other women who have their own story to tell.

Throughout the story there are different women who profoundly stand out the most in this two part television movie. Kiswana, played by Robin Givens, is a afro centered focused individual who intentionally changed her name to spite her arrogant mother's wishes. Cora Lee whom Mattie raised at a young age struggles to keep her husband satisfied while ignoring his abusive attitude in the progress. Then there's Miss Sophie, a prying old women who can't seem to stay out of other people's affairs, especially when Lorraine and Theresa a lesbian couple decide to move into the neighborhood.

The Women of Brewster Place's original writer Gloria Naylor won an American Book Award in 1983, which then sparked the adaption into the popular television production in 1989. It has received acclaim for its focus on realistic women and family bonding, community effort and motherhood that is common across the country. It has also been seen as also emphasizing and bringing to the forefront the reality of what it takes to overcome the odds and focus on your dreams, despite your background or struggle. This film was later developed into a television show spin off called Brewster's Place, which carried the same loving community tone as the original novel.

The Women of Brewster Place is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on March 19, 1989.

Where do I stream The Women of Brewster Place online? The Women of Brewster Place is available for streaming on ABC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Women of Brewster Place on demand at Amazon online.

1 Season, 4 Episodes
March 19, 1989
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Robin Givens
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The Women of Brewster Place Full Episode Guide

  • In the final chapter, an anguished but determined Mattie is joined by all the women of Brewster Place in a singular act of civil disobedience.

  • Etta Mae, Mattie's old friend, befriends the visiting reverend, much to the dismay of Mattie. Mattie is the only one who can help Ciel recover after she is shaken by the ultimate heartbreak.

  • Kiswana organizes a tenant's union to improve the lives of the dispirited Brewster Place residents.

  • The matriarch and anchor for the women of Brewster Place is Mattie Michael. Her unselfish devotion to a ne'er-do-well son forces her to abandon her home, and try to make a new life in Brewster Place's dark and overcrowded tenements.