- 8 Seasons
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.