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Girlfriends is a situation comedy that centers around the character Joan Clayton. Joan whose character is played by Tracee Ellis Ross is a successful attorney turned restaurant owner who is always searching for Mr. Right. She is an intelligent working woman who tends to be somewhat neurotic at times. The supporting characters in the show are simply hilarious and help keep Joan focused and centered.

Mya Wilkes whose character is played by Golden Brooks starts out as Joan's assistant at the law firm but eventually ends up writing a successful book titled, Oh Hell Yes. This friend always tells it like it is and shoots straight from the hip. She is married with a son but gets divorced and then remarried to the same man. Lynn Searcy played by Persia White, is a sexually liberated freeloader who is forever unemployed. Lynn holds several masters degrees which adds to the comedic charm of her personality and she often drifts between Joan's house and the other characters in the show.

Toni Childs played by Jill Marie Jones is Joan's best friend. Toni and Joan have been friends since they were children but many wonder what Joan sees in her. Toni is a self absorbed person who has a narcissistic personality. In the dynamic of the friendship between the two, Joan is always the giving person while Toni takes and takes. Their male friend William Dent whose character is played by Reggie Hayes is also a successful attorney who is searching for love. His character is a cross between that comedic receipt of straight guy animated humor that makes the show extremely funny.

Joan, along with William eventually decide to invest in a restaurant which starts off on shaky ground but eventually starts to make a profit. The character played by Tracee Ellis Ross evolves through the many seasons of girlfriends, as do the other characters played by the supporting cast members. In this situation comedy they all go through ups and downs and have loved and lost but continue to do it with a good dose of humor.

Girlfriends is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (172 episodes). The series first aired on September 11, 2000.

Where do I stream Girlfriends online? Girlfriends is available for streaming on The CW, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Girlfriends on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes online.

The CW
8 Seasons, 172 Episodes
September 11, 2000
Comedy, Drama
Cast: Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Reggie Hayes, Jill Marie Jones
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Girlfriends Full Episode Guide

  • Maya helps Joan try to reach Aaron's kids, as she tries to read them a letter Aaron wrote to his students. William tries to teach Jabari how to drive.

  • Maya and Darnell consider adopting a child while a neighborhood meeting presents them with the chance.

  • Joan holds a fund-raiser to earn money for a holiday party for the support group of relatives for the soldiers in Iraq. Meanwhile, Monica learns of William's holiday traditions.

  • William considers leaving the firm as he feels disrespected at work. Maya starts to write a neighborhood newsletter as Joan feels Lynn doesn't like her housewarming gift.

  • While taking Maya, Joan and William out for a night on the town, Lynn runs into Xander. Who still hasn't forgiven her for baling out on him and his rally.

  • Darnell is worried that Maya is still having trouble dealing with the death of their baby. Lynn discovers that a record label wants to sign her and William fears his sex life is now over since Monica is expecting.

  • Joan takes Maya shopping as a form of therapy, but Maya realizes Joan's the one who needs consoling. Meanwhile, Monica tells William she's pregnant, but his response isn't what she expected.

  • The friends worry about Maya when she accuses Darnell of blaming her for a recent tragedy. Meanwhile, Monica and William prepare for their first dinner party.

  • Maya puts her pregancy at risk as she deals with writers block and calls from her publisher. Joan discovers renting her apartment to William, Monica and Lynn isn't the best thing to do.

  • Lynn meets a handsome student from UCLA who asks her to perform at a pro-environment rally, but she's torn when she gets a gig at the House of Blues for the same day. Meanwhile, Maya hears Jabari use the "B" word.

  • Joan kidnaps Aaron and whisks him away to Mexico in an effort to prevent his departure for Iraq; and Maya discovers marijuana in the house and assumes it belongs to Jabari.

  • Aaron and Joan have a major fight over a new kitchen range, that Joan bought without talking to Aaron.

  • Maya and Darnell find thier dream home and must debate on whether to buy it or Darnell's old garage. Joan deals with feelings about Aaron and Brock as Aaron decides on his future.

  • Joan and Aaron work on Aaron's new house, Joan asked Aaron to marry him. The reply has her reevaluate her relationships as an old boyfriend returns.

  • Now that Eldon has decided to choose Lynn as his girlfriend, he faces opposition form his church members. Joan and Aaron decided to buy a house together and end up having thier first fight.

  • Darnell wants to move back to the city, however Maya doesn't want to. Her reason isn't revealed until Joan and Lynn discover that she is pregnant.

  • The girls go to Chicage and attempt to get Monica to return to William. In thier quest they discover that Monica is broke and cutoff form her family funds.

  • Aaron and Joan try to come clean about thier past relationships as William deals with his breakup with Monica.

  • William accidently reveals that he has doubts about marrying Monica. Meanwhile Maya is upset that Darnell knew about it all along and never told her.

  • Maya thinks that her new neighborhoods are having an abusive relationship. Joan discovers Aaron doesn't like Valentine's Day.

  • Lynn discovers the guy she is seeing is a preacher as Maya and Joan try to have a truce with Monica.

  • Maya isn't too happy to learn from Darnell about Jabari's sexual activity. Meanwhile William wants Lynn to give sex tips to Monica.

  • Lynn considers leaving Los Angeles after learning Big Bio can't use her music. Darnell has to deal with the new owner of his garage.

  • Joan reunites with Aaron after he returns to the city from New Orleans. Joan goes on a date with him and looks for what is wrong with the date. Maya and Darnell deal with thier neighbors Christmas spirit.

  • Maya continues to have trouble with Jabari and things get worst when she fights with Darnell over the phone. Lynn and Big Boi clash over thier music as William and Monica battle over seating for thier wedding.

  • Lynn has resorted to signing at karaokee bar to help her singing career. Monica tries ways to have fun with William like he and Joan seem to.

  • William tires to hide the fact that he was married to Lynn from Monica as Joan gets use to being single.

  • Maya gets concerned about Jabari's behavior that features him skipping school and stealing. Lynn thinks he's acting out as he gets use to a new enviroment and Maya balks at the concept. Until he gets arrested.

  • Lynn tells the girls that she is performing at a club to start up her music career. She meets a record executive that wants to help her, but she realizes that he only wants sex from her. William & Joan discover money is missing from the J Spot.

  • Joan gets concerned about Maya's house becoming the main hangout of the girls. Joan also deals with having to get a personal trainer for health reasons.

  • Joan has spent the last three months working in Lousiana help Habitat for the Humanity. She returns home and discovers Toni has moved to New York and William in engaged to Monica.

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