During the 1950's in Chicago's South Side, the struggling Younger family anxiously await the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check made out to Lena Younger, the family matriarch, from the estate of her late husband, Walter Lee. Lena would like to retire from her job as a domestic for a white family and dreams of escaping the claustrophobic, one-room tenement apartment to own a house, a dream she shared with her late husband. Her son Walter Lee, Jr., currently employed as a chauffeur, hopes to own a liquor store business. His wife Ruth is also a domestic in a white household and also hopes to live in a larger home. His sister Beneatha wants to go to medical school while also being pursued by two very different suitors. One is a wealthy black man preoccupied with superficial things while the other is a fellow classmate who stimulates her interest in exploring her intellectual and spiritual roots in Africa. When Lena decides to buy a home in an all-white residential neighborhood, the Younger family meets resistance from the home improvement association who are against the prospect of a black family moving into their neighborhood. To complicate things, Walter's business investment goes awry and the family's dreams and future seem lost along with the money.
Sean Patrick Thomas
Ron Cephas Jones
Gene A Mack
Alan M Decker
Patdro J Harris
Jayne Baron Sherman
Vivek J. Tiwary
Nominated for three 2008 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Phylicia Rashad), Outstanding Made For Television Movie, and Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Audra McDonald) by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Aired in United States February 25, 2008
Aired in United States January 2008
Aired in United States May 13, 2008
Based on Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 Broadway play, "A Raisin in the Sun". The show was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway.
Picked up to production for the 2007-2008 season.
Aired in USA on ABC Network February 25, 2008. Originally scheduled to air in 2007.
Began shooting November 25, 2006 and completed shooting December 23, 2006.