Netflix’s throwback Black excellence continues. First, we had Moesha earlier this month, now we have The Game hitting us with some good nostalgic greatness this weekend. The show lived on CW before going to BET for a few seasons. Most of the series took place before social media which means we missed out on a lot of internet fights that would have taken place.
Fans were over thrown with joy of the news back in July when the streaming giant, Netflix revealed they would be bringing back major Black sitcoms to the platform. Finally The Game has arrived. We’re sure you’re all aware of just how big the sitcom was. For those who are just getting up on The Game (all pun intended), the story followed Melanie Barnett who decides to put her buzzing career on hold for her star athlete boyfriend Derwin Davis. Barnett’s role was played by Tia Mowry and actor Pooch Hall took on the role of Davis.
Here’s another surprising fact. The show was actually a spin-off of Girlfriends too. If you can remember Melanie was introduced in episodes as the first cousin of Joan Clayton, Girlfriends’ principal character.
There were rumors that The Game would be receiving a reboot at some point but according to Deadline, those plans might not be coming into fruition anytime soon. Until then, we have a lot of binge watching and episode revisiting to do with The Game’s return to Netflix. According to Pop Culture, season 1-3 will only be available. This was due to the show having to switch from CW to BET after it was first cancelled.
The show had it all: cheating, drugs, interracial dating, Rick *long pause* Fox! The cast of characters were all elite and spectacular. It’s really one of the great dramas/sitcoms we’ve had.
What makes the show is the characters from Tasha Mac to Derwin and everyone in between. So where are the characters who made the show pop? Hit the flip to see where they all are now and let’s give them their flowers now.
Tia Mowry Hardrict – She’s been trucking along with her career, still very much known for her roles as Melanie, the med student with a spoiled heart of goal, as well as, of course, Sister Sister. She’s most recently starred in Family Reunion on Netflix.
Pooch Hall – Derwin is one of the most fussed-about characters in all of TV. Remember, he cheated! He went on from The Game to Ray Donovan for a bit. Sadly, he couldn’t finish with The Game due to contract negotiation problems.
Wendy Raquel Robinson – We just want to get this out of the way right now: Wendy Raquel Robinson deserved an Emmy for The Game. She really did. Also, she really deserves her own show because she’s one of the most talented actresses out. After The Game, she had an appearance on Grey’s Anatomy and was Cruella de Vil for Disney’s Descendants.
Hosea Sanchez – Momma’s boy Malik Wright was one of the funniest characters on the show. Sanchez made his grand return to the CW when he showed up in Black Lightning, reminding us that he has as much charisma as anyone in the game.
Brittany Daniel – She runs a lifestyle blog with her twin sister and it’s pretty wholesome. Y’all are going to be doing a lot of arguing about her by the way.
Coby Bell – He’s been on TV almost every moment since The Game ended. Most recently he was on Fox’s The Gifted, an underrated X-Men spinoff.
Lauren London – When The Game moved to BET, it infused some star power, including then-upcoming model Lauren London. Now she’s keeping the Marathon continuing in remembrance of late partner Nipsey Hussle.
Jay Ellis – He popped up in the later seasons too and we didn’t know he’d be the most argued-about man on TV now.
Brandy – Do we really have to tell you what Brandy is up to now? We didn’t think so.
Rick Fox – Rick was in the news big time early this year when rumors spread that he was in the helicopter with Kobe Bryant when he died. Thankfully that wasn’t true. Rick is enjoying his retirement and acting when he feels like it.