If you grew up in the era where black sitcoms ruled television you are probably pretty disappointed with the options we have these days if you can even find any. From the 70s with Sanford & Son, The Jeffersons, & Good Times to 227, The Cosby Show, & A Different World in the 80s. The 90s, which is arguably the decade we had the most to choose from between Martin, Sister Sister, Family Matters, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Hanging With Mr. Cooper, Roc, The Wayan’s Brothers, Moesha, Living Single, I’d definitely consider it the golden era. Which was followed by what seems to be the final stretch of great black sitcoms with Girlfriends, My Wife and Kids, The Bernie Mac Show, & Everybody Hates Chris that ended right before reality TV started to take over our small screens.
With the help of Tyler Perry convincing networks to believe in black sitcoms again, there has been a resurgence of networks that cater to brown faces bringing them back. Hopefully if we support them the four majors will follow suit and make postmillennial TV what is was in the 90s.
So here I am about to hip you to sitcoms this Fall that I feel are a must-see.
The sitcom I am most excited for is My Crazy Roommate on Bounce TV. The show premieres Monday, October 14th starring Gregg Wayans (so funny definitely runs in the family), Laila Odom who you may remember if you were a fan of Cinemax’s Zane Sex Chronicles and newcomer Brittany Richards.
Take a sneak peak at the trailer below.
Next up is For Better or Worse. The series premiered its third season on September 18th and I had the pleasure of meeting the leading actors Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith just days before.
Now on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, I have to admit I never watched the show when it was on TBS, but I have watched every week since it premiered and for Tasha Smith alone it’s worth the tune-in. If you loved her crazy, tell-it-like-it-is character in the Why Did I Get Married movies then you’ll quickly catch on to that fact that she toned down her “sister girl” image just enough so that you don’t turn your nose up and her for not maturing but still will throw you all the sass you need to still appreciate her. Make sure you tune in tonight and every Wednesday night at 9pm ET.
Love That Girl is returning on TV One for a fourth season (I had no idea it has been on THAT long. When the series originally premiered it definitely wasn’t must-see TV for me but when I happened to catch it it wasn’t that bad. I’m optimistic now Tatyana Ali will no longer be apart of the show that it may get better. No shade to Tatyana’s acting but her character was super stiff and boring so maybe her being gone may up the ante of funny for the writers. Guess we’ll have to tune in this Friday, October 11 at 9:30 pm ET to see.
I still haven’t gotten into Centric TV’s The First Family or TV Land’s The Soul Man but the no brainer bonus sitcom that is must-see TV that if you aren’t already hip to you are losing at life is BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood. It returns October 15, 2013 at 10 p.m. ET. But like I said if me mentioning that is new to you, you are already failing in TV land. To get you ready for the laugh watch the super trailer here.