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Thea
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bernie Kukoff
Written by Bill Bryan
Lenore G. Bunt
Dan Cohen
Elias Davis
Tom Devanney
Michelle Jones
Bernie Kukoff
David Kukoff
David Pollack
FJ Pratt
Donald Seigel
Terri Schaffer Hicks
Chris Sheridan
Latrice Williams
Directed by John Bowab
Linda Day
Paul Kreppel
Jay Sandrich
Tony Singletary
Chuck Vinson
Starring Thea Vidale
Adam Jeffries
Brandy Norwood
Jason Weaver
Brenden Jefferson
Cleavant Derricks
Yvette Wilson
Theme music composer Freddie Washington
Benjamin Wright
Composer(s) Kurt Farquhar
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19
Production
Executive producer(s) Bernie Kukoff
Andrew Susskind
Producer(s) Tom Devanney
Mary Ellen Jones
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 3, 1993 – February 14, 1994

Thea is an American sitcom that premiered September 3, 1993 on ABC, and last aired on February 14, 1994, for a total of 19 episodes. Starring comedienne Thea Vidale, the series marked the first time an African American female comedienne was the star of a series named after her.[1]

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Synopsis

Vidale starred as the sassy Thea Turrell (known for her trademark one-liner of "See ya'!"), a widow living in Houston, Texas who is struggling to raise her four kids with the help of her sister (Yvette Wilson) and brother-in-law (Cleavant Derricks). The show was the first to feature Brandy Norwood, who later went on to become a Grammy-winning singer and star on the sitcom Moesha (with Wilson as a member of the supporting cast). The series was canceled after 19 episodes.

Cast


Supporting cast

Episodes

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 Pilot September 3, 1993
1-2 "Jerome Makes the Grade" September 10, 1993
1-3 "Dirty Laundry" September 22, 1993
1-4 "How I Got Over" September 25, 1993
1-5 "To Tell the Truth" October 6, 1993
1-6 "Artie's Party" October 13, 1993
1-7 "Here Comes Mr. Gordon" October 15, 1993
1-8 "Birthday Girl" November 3, 1993
1-9 "Danesha Loooves Leonard" November 17, 1993
1-10 "Mama, I'm Full" November 24, 1993
1-11 "Good Stock" December 1, 1993
1-12 "A Christmas Story" December 15, 1993
1-13 "Danesha Project" December 22, 1993
1-14 "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" January 12, 1994
1-15 "Who's Zoomin' Who" January 16, 1994
1-16 "Of Fish and Men" January 29, 1994
1-17 "Call Me Thea" February 4, 1994
1-18 "T.C.B." February 11, 1994
1-19 "The Pie Queen and the Loan Duck" February 14, 1994

Syndication

Reruns of the show returned on BET in May 2008 on Mother's Day. However, a few months later the reruns ceased to air.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1994 Young Artist Awards Nominated Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Brandy Norwood, Jason Weaver, Brenden Jefferson and Adam Jeffries

References

  1. ^ Littleton, Darryl (2006). Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 252. ISBN 1-557-83680-9.  

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