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  • TV-PG
  • 2000
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.2  (4,986)

Girlfriends was a beloved sitcom that aired on The CW from 2000-2008. The show followed the professional and personal lives of a group of four women, all of whom were best friends. These women, Joan, Maya, Lynn, and Toni, were each unique, with their own quirks and personalities that made them stand out. Throughout the show's run, audiences became enthralled with their stories, laughing at their jokes, and empathizing with their struggles.

The show's main character, Joan Clayton, was a successful lawyer who was constantly seeking to balance her career with her personal life. Her love life was a frequent subject of the show, with Joan going through a series of relationships and breakups throughout the years. The other women were not immune to relationship drama either. Maya Wilkes was a stay-at-home mom who struggled to maintain a healthy relationship with her husband, Darnell. Her character was often seen as the most grounded of the group, providing a voice of reason when her friends needed it most.

Lynn Searcy, on the other hand, was the free-spirited artist of the group. Often unemployed and without any real direction in life, Lynn frequently relied on her friends for financial support and guidance. Finally, Toni Childs was the high-maintenance real estate agent who had a passion for fashion and an insatiable appetite for attention. Her character was seen as the most divisive of the group, with her acerbic wit and selfish acts driving a wedge between her and her friends at times.

Over the course of the show, audiences were treated to a variety of storylines that touched on some of the most pressing issues of the day. The show tackled issues like race, gender, sexuality, and class, often with a deft hand that managed to be both serious and hilarious at the same time. Whether they were dealing with issues of infidelity or struggling to make ends meet, the women of Girlfriends always managed to find a way to come together and support one another.

One of the things that made Girlfriends so popular was its witty writing and clever humor. The dialog was snappy and crisp, with each character having their distinct voice and style. The jokes often landed perfectly, eliciting laughs from both the studio audience and viewers at home. The show also wasn't afraid to get a little bit risqué when it came to its humor, with sexual jokes and innuendo being a frequent part of the show.

Another aspect that made Girlfriends so successful was the chemistry of its cast. The four actresses, Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White, and Jill Marie Jones, all had fantastic rapport with one another, making their friendships feel genuine and real. Ross, in particular, was a standout as Joan, perfectly balancing vulnerability and strength with her portrayal of the ambitious lawyer.

Overall, Girlfriends was a show that audiences fell in love with for its characters, humor, and relatable storylines. The series managed to be both entertaining and thought-provoking, touching on issues that still resonate with audiences today. Even after its cancellation in 2008, the show continues to have a lasting impact on pop culture, with many citing it as one of the best sitcoms of all time.

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

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Stand and Deliver
13. Stand and Deliver
February 11, 2008
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.
What's Black-A-Lackin'?
12. What's Black-A-Lackin'?
February 11, 2008
William and Monica battle over learning the sex of the baby. Lynn deals with the fact she might not be marketable to Blacks.
Adapt to Adopt
11. Adapt to Adopt
February 4, 2008
Maya and Darnell consider adopting a child while a neighborhood meeting presents them with the chance.
Deck the Halls With Bags and Folly
10. Deck the Halls With Bags and Folly
December 10, 2007
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.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means To William
9. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means To William"
November 26, 2007
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.
Save The Last Dance
8. Save The Last Dance
November 19, 2007
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.
Snap Back
7. Snap Back
November 12, 2007
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.
Spree to Be Free
6. Spree to Be Free
November 5, 2007
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.
Good Grief
5. Good Grief
October 29, 2007
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.
Losing It
4. Losing It
October 22, 2007
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.
Where Did Lynn-digo?
3. Where Did Lynn-digo?
October 15, 2007
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.
Baghdad, My Bad
2. Baghdad, My Bad
October 8, 2007
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.
Range of Emotions
1. Range of Emotions
October 1, 2007
Aaron and Joan have a major fight over a new kitchen range, that Joan bought without talking to Aaron.
Where to Watch Girlfriends
Girlfriends is available for streaming on the The CW website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Girlfriends on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 11, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (4,986)