Living Single

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  • TV-PG
  • 1993
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.7  (6,483)

Living Single is an American television sitcom that initially aired from 1993 to 1998. The show features an ensemble cast that includes well-known actors like Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, T.C. Carson, John Henton, and Kim Fields. The plot revolves around the lives of six friends living in a Brooklyn brownstone.

The show debuted in 1993 and quickly became popular among viewers. It was praised for being one of the few television shows to feature young, professional black women as the main characters. The show's creator, Yvette Lee Bowser, drew inspiration from her own experiences as a young black woman living in New York City.

Queen Latifah plays the role of Khadijah James, the editor of a small New York City magazine. Khadijah is strong-willed, independent, and fiercely loyal to her friends. Her best friend, Sinclair (Kim Coles), is a naive and loveable optimist who is always looking for the silver lining in any situation.

Erika Alexander plays the role of Maxine Shaw, a sarcastic lawyer with a no-nonsense attitude. Maxine is often seen as the voice of reason among the group and is unapologetically outspoken. T.C. Carson plays the role of Kyle Barker, a successful stockbroker with an arrogant streak. Kyle is often at odds with his roommate, Overton (John Henton), who is a kind-hearted handyman with a love for all things old-fashioned.

Lastly, Kim Fields plays the role of Regina Hunter, a childhood friend of Khadijah's who moves into the brownstone in the show's final season. Regina is a successful real estate agent who often clashes with the other characters due to her competitive nature.

The show's themes range from societal issues faced by black women, relationships, careers, and struggles of being single in the city. It explores issues of race, sexism, classism, and homophobia in a way that is both truthful and humorous. The show was praised for how it was unapologetically and humorously black; and the characters were well-rounded, three-dimensional, and aspirational.

The show had a significant influence on pop culture and was known for its fashion-forward wardrobe and catchy theme song. Its success paved the way for other television shows featuring predominantly African-American cast, like Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Although Living Single was an excellent show, it faced many challenges during its lifespan. The show was dropped twice before being picked up by the Fox network, and it faced several time slot changes, which hurt its ratings. Its cancellation in 1998 was met with controversy as the show was still popular and had a loyal fan base.

In conclusion, Living Single had a significant impact on television and pop culture. It broke barriers for black women and showcased them in a new and positive light. The characters were well-written and reflected the experiences of people of color living in New York City. Even though it faced many struggles during its lifespan, it remains an important part of television history and is beloved by its fan base to this day.

Living Single is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (118 episodes). The series first aired on August 23, 1993.

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Let's Stay Together
13. Let's Stay Together
January 1, 1998
In this final episode of the series, the six friends say good-bye to the single life.
To Catch A Thief
12. To Catch A Thief
January 1, 1998
Synclaire is outraged to learn that her comedy act has been stolen by another actor. Max is pregnant by artificial insemination.
In Your Dreams
11. In Your Dreams
December 18, 1997
Max, Khadijah and Synclaire rejuvenate themselves at a spiritual retreat and question their futures. As a result, Max decides to have a child.
Misleading Lady
10. Misleading Lady
December 11, 1997
Synclaire disguises herself as a man to join an acting troupe. Khadijah may have found a new career.
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
9. Forgive Us Our Trespasses
December 4, 1997
A strange client helps Max believe in her ability to practice law.
Three Men And A Buckeye
8. Three Men And A Buckeye
November 13, 1997
Overton, Tripp and Russell pick up a beautiful, but criminal, hitchhiker en route to a football game. Dexter asks Regine to marry him.
He's The One
7. He's The One
November 6, 1997
Regine is enamored with a millionaire, who hires her to cater an important charity event. Max surprises Overton and Synclaire with a generous wedding present.
Up The Ladder Through The Roof
6. Up The Ladder Through The Roof
October 30, 1997
A dream sequence transports Khadijah and friends back to the 1960s as Motown-like singers. Singer CHAKA KHAN makes a special appearance.
The Best Laid Plans
5. The Best Laid Plans
October 23, 1997
Max's plan to date her former law professor is thwarted when she learns Khadijah had a brief affair with him. Regine and Tripp argue about proper roommate etiquette.
Reconcilable Differences
4. Reconcilable Differences
October 16, 1997
Regine wants to get closer to a new man in her life, but his dog comes between them. Synclaire and Overton argue after he loses money gambling.
High Anxiety
3. High Anxiety
September 25, 1997
Khadijah humiliates herself on a dinner date with professional basketball player CEDRIC CEBALLOS (himself).
Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Part 2
2. Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Part 2
September 18, 1997
Kyle and Max say good-bye to each other after Kyle accepts a new job in London. Overton and Synclaire continue their honeymoon in Hawaii despite some misgivings about marriage.
Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Part 1
1. Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Part 1
September 11, 1997
Khadijah and Regine meet their new roommate, handsome songwriter Tripp. Overton and Synclaire embark on an adventurous honeymoon cruise.
Where to Watch Living Single
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  • Premiere Date
    August 23, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (6,483)