Laurel Avenue

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Laurel Avenue
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Written byPaul Aaron & Michael Henry Brown (story)
Michael Henry Brown (teleplay)
Directed byCarl Franklin
StarringMary 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 originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersPaul Aaron
Charles S. Dutton
(executive producers)
Running time180 minutes
Production companiesHBO Independent Productions
Elsboy Entertainment
Original networkHBO
Original releaseJuly 10 (1993-07-10) –
July 11, 1993 (1993-07-11)

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 Zackery 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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