Favorite '90s squad sitcom: 'Living Single' or 'Friends'? | The Tylt
Favorite '90s squad sitcom: 'Living Single' or 'Friends'?
In a '90s kind of a world, I'm glad a got my girls."
Below is the synopsis of "Living Single," per IMDb.
Follows the lives of several single male and female roommates and friends in 1990s Brooklyn, New York.
Queen Latifah spoke out and said "Living Single" inspired "Friends." But Black Twitter got involved and accused "Friends" of whitewashing and ripping off "Living Single." The shows are both set in New York and built around twenty-somethings navigating their way through relationships and careers—and having each other's backs along the way. (Hmm...)
"Living Single" premiered in the fall of 1993 and remained a top five sitcom among black households for all five seasons. The show definitely resonated. "Living Single" followed six friends (four women and two men) who all live in a Brooklyn brownstone together, and highlighted their struggles and triumphs within their love lives and careers.
Viewers fell in love with all six characters. Khadijah James (played by Queen Latifah) was a fierce and independent, but often times stressed, magazine owner. Synclaire James-Jones was Khadijah's kindhearted, but eccentric cousin and receptionist to Flavor magazine. We all have a friend like Maxine "Max" Felice Shaw—strong, smart and successful, but she doesn't cook; she often stayed in her friend's fridge. Kyle Barker was a clean-cut brother and stockbroker who was always at Max's throat, but it turned out the two were always in love with each other. Overton "Obie" Wakefield Jones was a good dude, Synclaire's love interest, and the building's handyman. And then there's Regina "Regine" Hunter—the pure definition of what it means to be black and boujee.
The show is now available on Hulu, which has only made a reboot a more prevalent topic among fans. Vibe reported:
Now, this is one reboot worth having. Living Single, the series that welcomed Khadijah, Synclaire, Obie, and Maxine into our lives in the ’90s, might be the next show on the reboot train.
Erika Alexander dropped a very noticeable clue on Instagram on July 30, with a funny pun. “Anyone know how to ‘reboot’ this?” she questioned while pointing to her laptop. The cast recently reunited for the 25th anniversary of the show.
Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.
Although "Friends" came a year after "Living Single," NBC knew the show would be huge! And it was. "Friends" stayed on the air for 10 years! 10 years! And the mega sitcom remains one of the most referenced pop cultural phenomena from the '90s.
The TV classic followed Rachel Green, a spoiled fashionista who almost married a man she didn't love at the start of the series. Hence, she became a waitress and moved in with her best friend (Monica) to start over. Speaking of Monica Geller, she was a competitive but motherly figure of the group and a chef. Phoebe Buffay was pretty...weird, no eccentric; she's both a self-taught musician and masseuse. Ross Geller was lovable, but pretty darn annoying too; he's the brother of Monica and on-and-off again boyfriend of Rachel throughout the series. Poor Chandler Bing had a horrible job as an executive in statistical analysis; he's smoked and was dark humored. And Joey Tribbiani, the airheaded wannabe actor and ladies man, was such a breakout character that he got his own show. "How you doin'?"
Regardless of the controversy and criticism over the years for being...well...super white, "Friends" was a lauded smash. The show was nominated for over 60 Emmys and slayed the ratings for all 10 years on the air. "Friends" is regarded as one of the most successful TV programs ever!