Everyone’s buzzing over timeless series “Girlfriends” that joined “Sister, Sister,” “Moesha” and “The Game” on Netflix’s ever-growing Black sitcom universe that continues to please fans and reach a whole new audience of zoomers/millennials.
More relevant that ever before, the classic sitcom about relatable besties in Los Angeles was “Insecure” before “Insecure” with an iconic cast headlined by Tracee Ellis Ross (Joan), Golden Brooks (Maya), Persia White (Lynn) and Jill Marie Jones (Toni) who carried one of the highest-rated scripted shows on television among African-American adults 18–34.
“Girlfriends” aired on UPN for six seasons before ending its run on The CW in 2008 and spawning spin-off “The Game,” which ran for nine seasons.
Netflix announced the show acquisition along with “Moesha” (Aug. 1), “The Game” (Aug. 15), “The Parkers” (Oct. 1) and “Half & Half”/”One on One” (Oct. 15) in a viral reveal on social media.
“The goal of Strong Black Lead is to celebrate and lift up Black Hollywood. These trailblazing shows are a huge part of that story. From the classic clown episode of “The Parkers” to “Moesha”s mind-tripping meet-up with Brandy, we’re thrilled that our members can now enjoy these amazing classics,” gushed Netflix’s Bradley Edwards, Manager, Content Acquisition and Jasmyn Lawson, Manager, Strong Black Lead.
“We admit it, we grew up watching a lot of TV. And some of the beloved Black sitcoms of the ‘90s and early aughts had a huge impact on us. These shows made us laugh, and cry, and sing along with those catchy theme songs.
And most importantly, we felt like we saw ourselves on screen – in some cases for the very first time. Every week we were able to tune in to see people, families and friends that looked like us and characters whose everyday ups and downs reflected Black life in an authentic way,” they added.
Have you been enjoying “Girlfriends?” Is it everything you remember? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and peep the funniest tweets from the Netflix premiere on the flip.
“The spirit of Toni watching over Molly making sure she makes terrible decisions” – pettyyyyyy
“Joan and this n*gga with hips….” – nooooooooo
“toni and joan walked in toxicity so molly and issa could fly in it” – AMEN
“a word.” – cold game
“Joan don’t waste tears on a man who thinks this is a nice sweater.” – oh noooo
“I wish I would skip the theme song to Girlfriends. I would never disrespect the legend that is Angie Stone. Period.” – no skips, ever
“#Girlfriends starts tomorrow on Netflix and I want y’all to know, this is a Toni Childs hate account.” – VALID
“okay but THE VOCALS though @jaynedaj!!! WHEW!!” – OK!!!
Joan on #Girlfriends:” – ACCURATE