Get ready to say, “Go home, Roger!,” “M to the O to the Moesha” and other iconic ’90s and early ’00s sitcom catch phrases for days: Netflix is adding several classic Black sitcoms from that time period to their catalog, including Moesha, The Game, Sister, Sister, One on One, The Parkers, Half & Half and Girlfriends.
Netflix made the announcement on its “Strong Black Lead” social media accounts, which pays tribute to Black lives lost to racism and police brutality in its information tab, including such names as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and more. The video announcement includes actors from the shows such as Jackée Harry, Tia and Tamera Mowry and Tracee Ellis Ross reliving their favorite moments from their respective television series.
Time to pop bottles🍾🍾
The following classic shows are coming to @Netflix (US)
Moesha – Aug 1
The Game S1-3 – Aug 15
Sister Sister – Sept 1
Girlfriends – Sept 11
The Parkers – Oct 1
Half & Half – Oct 15
One on One – Oct 15
To celebrate, here's a message from your faves: pic.twitter.com/zohNPEo0rz
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) July 29, 2020
Here’s when each show will be made available on Netflix, as well as a quick accompanying synopsis.
Moesha (Saturday, Aug. 1)
Moesha originally aired on the UPN Network from January 23, 1996, to May 14, 2001. The series starred R&B singer Brandy Norwood as the titular Moesha Denise Mitchell, a high schooler who lived in Leimert Park, Los Angeles with her parents. The show dealt with teen social issues such as teen pregnancy, dealing with familial infidelity, drug abuse, premarital sexual relationships and coping with loss.
The Game Seasons 1-3 (Saturday, Aug. 15)
A spin-off of the long-running Girlfriends sitcom, which is also on this list of shows being added to Netflix, The Game followed the life of Melanie Barnett (played by Tia Mowry), the first cousin of Joan Clayton, the main protagonist of Girlfriends. Melanie is a young woman who decides to put her burgeoning career path on hiatus after the meteoric rise of her star athlete boyfriend and the trials and tribulations which follow. The Game premiered on October 1st, 2006 and ended on August 5th, 2015.
Sister, Sister (Tuesday, Sept. 1)
Sister, Sister is an American sitcom which starred identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry; Tia and Tamera played Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell respectively, twins who were separated at birth and later reunited 14 years later.
Girlfriends (Friday, Sept. 11)
A sitcom which debuted on UPN in 2000 and ran until 2008, during which time period it was the longest-running live-action sitcom on network television. Girlfriends starred Tracee Ellis Ross, Keesha Sharp, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Reggie Hayes, among others and featured a group of friends who faced life’s tests and triumphs together.
The Parkers (Thursday, Oct. 1)
The Parkers aired on UPN from 1999 to 2004 and centered around a mother, Nikki (played by Mo’Nique) and Kim Parker (played by Countess Vaughn) as they both attended Santa Monica College together.
Half & Half (Thursday, Oct. 15)
Half & Half aired on UPN from 2002 to 2006 and focused on twenty-year-old half-sisters Mona (Rachel True) and Dee Dee (Essence Atkins) as they move in together and try to get along, despite their vastly different upbringings.
One on One (Thursday, Oct. 15)
One on One aired on UPN from 2001 to 2006 and starred Flex Alexander as a single father and sportscaster taking care of his daughter, Kyla Pratt, for the very first time.
Which popular Black sitcom Netflix addition from the late ’90s and early ’00s was your favorite? Are you looking forward to seeing shows such as Moesha and Sister, Sister on Netflix? Which one are you most looking forward to rewatching for nostalgic reasons? Let us know in the comments.