'Moesha,' 'Girlfriends,' and More Classic Black Sitcoms to Join Netflix
Netflix is finally paying homage to some of the classic Black sitcoms that graced television screens in the ‘90s and early aughts.
The streaming service is onboarding shows such as Moesha; The Game; Sister, Sister; Girlfriends; The Parkers; Half & Half; and One on One between now and October. In celebration, stars of the respective shows including Jackée Harry, Pooch Hall, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tracee Ellis Ross, and others made a video for fans.
“I am beyond humbled and honored at how much the fans continue to ride hard for this show years later, and how it’s made a huge impact on the culture,” say the stars, collectively in a montage clip posted on Netflix’s Strong Black Lead social media account. “These shows changed the face of television as we know it.”
The actors and actresses explained why these shows coming to Netflix will help Black creators both behind and in front of the camera. They also shared how these shows becoming widely available will allow so many people to “relive their favorite moments.”
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Bradley Edwards, Netflix’s content acquisition manager, and Jasmyn Lawson, manager of Strong Black Lead, echoed those sentiments, saying: “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.”
Of the roll-out, Moesha was released on August 1 and will be followed by the first three seasons of The Game on August 15. Sister, Sister and Girlfriends arrive on September 1 and September 11, respectively, while The Parkers comes out October 1. Half & Half and One on One round out the releases on October 15.
"It’s going to give an opportunity for a whole new generation that’s going to be watching on Netflix,” said the stars, who thanked the fans who have been asking for these shows to come to the platform over the years.