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Laurel Avenue

Laurel Avenue
File:Laurel Avenue.jpg
Written by Paul Aaron & Michael Henry Brown (story)
Michael Henry Brown (teleplay)
Directed by Carl Franklin
Starring Mary Alice
Jay Brooks
Juanita Jennings
Scott Lawrence
Dan Martin
Monté Russell
Ondrea Shalbetter
Rhonda Stubbins White
Vonte Sweet
Gay Thomas
Malinda Williams
Mel Winkler
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Paul Aaron
Charles S. Dutton
(executive producers)
Running time 180 minutes
Production company(s) HBO Independent Productions
Elsboy Entertainment
Distributor HBO
Original channel HBO
Original release July 10 – 11, 1993

Laurel Avenue is an American three-hour television miniseries which aired on HBO on July 10 and 11, 1993.[1] It is the story of an eventful weekend in the lives of an extended African American family living in St. Paul, Minnesota.[2] Paul Aaron and actor Charles S. Dutton served as executive producers. The teleplay was written by Michael Henry Brown, based upon a story by Aaron and Brown. The miniseries was directed by Carl Franklin.


  • Mary Alice as Maggie Arnett
  • Jay Brooks as Uncle Otis Arnett
  • Juanita Jennings as Yolanda Arnett-Friedman
  • Scott Lawrence as Keith Arnett
  • Dan Martin as Woodrow Arnett
  • Monté Russell as Marcus Arnett
  • Ondrea Shalbetter as Shanequa Arnett
  • Rhonda Stubbins White as Rolanda Arnett
  • Vonte Sweet as Rushan Arnett
  • Gay Thomas as Kathleen Arnett
  • Malinda Williams as Sheila Arnett
  • Mel Winkler as Jake Arnett
  • Gary Dourdan as Anthony
  • Michael Tezla as Howard Friedman
  • Ulysses Zachary as Fletcher

Video releases

On July 10, 2001, the miniseries was released on VHS. However, it has yet to be released on DVD or any other digital video format.


  1. ^ Zurawik, David (July 10, 1993). "With 'Laurel Avenue,' TV gets black family life right". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (July 9, 1993). "TV Review: Laurel Avenue". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 

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