Story at a glance
- After the death of George Floyd sparked protests and criticism of systemic racism in the United States, Netflix has sought to diversify its streaming options.
- Netflix has announced that several classic shows starring Black women will be streaming on its platform later this year.
- The seven shows include Disney Channel's “Sister Sister” and the CW's “Girlfriends.”
Netflix has acquired the rights to several classic shows starring Black women, the streaming platform announced Wednesday, and will be rolling them out over the next few months.
Time to pop bottles— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) July 29, 2020
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
Netflix made the announcement on its "Strong Black Lead" account on Twitter, which pays homage to Black lives lost to police violence and racism in its bio, listing the names of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others. While the account was created in January 2018, the recent protests for racial justice across the United States have pushed Netflix and other media companies to diversify their content. Netflix now offers a “Black Lives Matter” category on its platform, which highlights films, series and documentaries about racial injustice and the Black experience in America.
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On Twitter, fans were thrilled. Viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland were disappointed to learn that the shows would not be available there, but Netflix said they were aware of the interest.
WOWWWWWW I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SOOOOO LONG pic.twitter.com/JeX1Lz1OHt— SassyBlack (@SassyBlack_) July 29, 2020
OMG!!! I've died and gone to UPN heaven. pic.twitter.com/ZUiwWJZT5i— King Natles (@natnatles) July 29, 2020
The announcement video featured Tracee Ellis Ross of “Girlfriends,” Tamera Mowry-Housley of “Sister, Sister,” Shar Jackson of “Moesha” and other stars of these seven classic shows.
"Moesha": streaming on August 1
This sitcom ran on United Paramount Network (UPN) from 1996 through 2001 and featured R&B singer Brandy Norwood as Moesha Denise Mitchell, a high school student living with her family in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Fans of Brandy noted that her seventh album was also debuting on Thursday.
"The Game" (seasons one to three): streaming on August 15
This comedy-drama series was a spin-off of an episode of the long-running UPN and CW sitcom “Girlfriends,” featuring a young Black woman, played by Tia Mowry, who decides to put her pending career plans on hold for the rising success of her star athlete boyfriend. It ran from 2006 until 2009, when it was cancelled after a third season, before returning for a fourth season in 2011 and running until 2015.
"Sister, Sister": streaming on September 1
This Disney Channel sitcom ran from 1994 until 1999 and starred real-life identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, who were separated at birth and reunited 14 years later. In 2018, the stars confirmed a revival, but as of last year the reboot was put on hold indefinitely.
"Girlfriends": streaming on September 11
This CW sitcom debuted on the network's predecessor, UPN, in 2000 and ran until 2008, at which time it was the longest-running live-action sitcom on network television. The cast includes Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Jill Marie Jones, Reggie Hayes and Keesha Sharp among others. It’s spinoff, “The Game,” will also be streaming on Netflix.
"The Parkers": streaming on October 1
This sitcom aired on UPN from 1999 until 2004 and featured the mother-daughter team of Nikki, played by Mo'Nique, and Kim Parker, played by Countess Vaughn, attending Santa Monica College.
"Half & Half": streaming on October 15
This sitcom aired on UPN from 2002 to 2006 and featured actresses Rachel True and Essence Atkins as half-sisters who were estranged during their childhood and are reunited in their twenties.
"One on One": streaming on October 15
This sitcom aired on UPN from 2001 through 2006 and starred Flex Alexander as a single dad and sportscaster who is taking care of his teenage daughter, played by Kyla Pratt, for the first time. The series featured many celebrity appearances during its run, including TLC, Brandy, Solange Knowles, Smokey Robinson and others. Its spinoff series “Cuts” lasted for two seasons but was cancelled after UPN merged with the WB to become the CW.
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