Living Single

Living Single Often credited as being the original “Friends”, Living Single premiered on the Fox television network in 1993. The insanely funny sit-com is guaranteed to keep you in stitches. Each cast member has their own unique style, but when combined create a dynamic combination of explosive humor. Living Single is all about the ups-and-downs of four single African American women, and two men. The old saying that, “laughter is the best medicine”, is indeed true. The setting is a brownstone apartment building, occupied by three women Kadijah, Sinclair, and Ragine.

Kadijah James, played by Queen Latifah is a hard working entrepreneur that owns “Flavor Magazine”. Kadijah is constantly searching for romance, but deep down will always love her ex-boyfriend Scooter. Scooter lives in California. Sinclair James, played by Kim Coles, is Kadijahs slightly naive cousin. Sinclair is a secretary employed by Flavor Magazine, and is also an inspiring actress.

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Sinclair is very passionate about her troll dolls, and there are many of them on her desk at work. Regine Hunter (Kim Fields Freeman) another roommate, is extremely fashion conscious. She can frequently be seen wearing different wigs, and faux jewelry. Regine is a costume designer, whose main purpose in life is to marry a wealthy man and live a life of leisure, but somehow always ends up with Mr. Wrong. Maxine Shaw (Erika Alexander) is an attorney that lives across the street, she is constantly at the brownstone apartment building aggravating Regine, and her occasional lover Kyle. Kyle Barker (T.C. Carter) a stockbroker, is Kadijahs upstairs neighbor.

Kyle has a love/hate relationship with Maxine. Their insults, aimed at each other, are a regular part of the show. Overton Waikfield Jones (John Henton) works as a resident handyman in the apartment building, and is Kyles roommate. Overtons trade mark is his trusty tool belt. Overton and Sinclair are in love they make the perfect couple, because of their similar personalities. Living Single ended its run on television with Maxine getting artificially inseminated by an unknown donor, that turned out to be Kyle- Overton and Sinclair were married- Regine finally landed herself a rich husband and Kadijah moved to California to be near her boyfriend Scooter.

Living Single should be commended for its marvelous portrayal of dating in the 90s.