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{{Infobox Television | |show_name = Living Single |image = File:LivingSingleGroupPhoto.jpg |caption = Cast of Living Single |format = Sitcom |runtime = 30 Minutes |creator = Yvette Lee Bowser |starring = Queen Latifah
Kim Coles
Erika Alexander
Kim Fields
T.C. Carson (Seasons 1–4)
John Henton
Mel Jackson (Season 5) |country = United States |network = FOX |opentheme = Written and performed by [[Queen Latifah] |company = Yvette Lee Bowser Productions
Lorimar Television |distributor = Warner Bros. Television Distribution |first_aired = August 29, 1993 |last_aired = January 1, 1998 |num_seasons = 5 |num_episodes = 118 |list_episodes = List of Living Single episodes |language = English |related = Half & Half (CBS Evening News at 5:30am) }}

Living Single is an American television sitcom which aired for five seasons on FOX from August 1993 until January 1998. The show centered on the lives of six African American friends who share personal and professional experiences while living in a Brooklyn brownstone.[1] Throughout its run, Living Single became one of the most popular African-American sitcoms of its era, ranking among the top five in African-American ratings in all five seasons. The series was produced by Yvette Lee Bowser in association with Warner Bros. Television. It was the top rated show among black households during its entire five year run.[2]

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Synopsis

Living Single centered on six Black late-twenty somethings consisting of four women and two men living the single life in the heart of Brooklyn, New York.

The series focused on two different households in one brownstone (although, as the later seasons revealed, there are more apartments in the building): one shared by a trio of upward-mobile women and another shared by a pair of male friends who have known each other since they spent their youth in Cleveland, Ohio. Khadijah James (Queen Latifah), a hard-working editor and publisher of the fictional urban independent monthly Flavor, shares an apartment with her sweet but naïve cousin Synclaire James (Kim Coles; originally the role of Synclaire was to be played by British rapper, Monie Love, a long-time friend and music collaborator of Queen Latifah), an aspiring actress who works as Khadijah's receptionist and has an affinity for Troll dolls; and her childhood friend from East Orange, New Jersey, Regina "Régine" Hunter (Kim Fields), an image-conscious boutique buyer who was in constant search of a well-to-do man to spend her life with, often referring to said potential man as her "Chocolate Ken" and later became a costume assistant for a soap opera called Palo Alto with a fondness for gossip and wigs. Maxine "Max" Shaw (Erika Alexander), a sharp-tongued attorney and Khadijah's best friend (whom she met in college at Howard University) stops by frequently to share her unique insights and make sure the girls' refrigerator isn't overstocked and to keep them entertained by sharing her day and starting trouble with Kyle.

Living in the apartment above are Overton Wakefield Jones (John Henton), a friendly handyman who holds deep affection for Synclaire; and Kyle Barker (T.C. Carson), a handsome stockbroker whose constant verbal sparring with Max does little to mask their obvious sexual attraction. The series offered T.C. Carson frequent opportunities to showcase his talents as a jazz-influenced vocalist.

Kyle and Max maintained an on-again/off-again relationship that was a constant storyline that began at the end of the first season and continued until the end of the series.

The house set for the pilot episode is the same set from the show Family Matters, although the kitchen set was changed. It was resized to about a third of the original and the laundry room was removed.

The final season

The first two episodes of the final season of Living Single saw the departure of Kyle. Before leaving, he gives Max a farewell kiss and he is last seen walking to his plane. Despite his absence, he is mentioned frequently. Also, this season also saw the introduction of a new male roommate for the ladies after Synclaire and Overton got married at the end of the fourth season and moved into their own apartment in the brownstone. Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III, a songwriter who was a friend of Russell's, became their new roommate, much to Regine's displeasure. Meanwhile, Roni DeSantos (played by real life MTV VJ, Idalis DeLeon), a New York-area D.J. that had a brief fling with Tripp, moved into Overton and Kyle's old apartment. Regine moved out of the house after she became engaged to a millionaire video game developer and was absent for the remainder of the final season. Synclaire joined a comedy improv troupe where she gained the attention of Tony Jonas, a Warner Bros. television exec who cast her as a nun for a new comedy series he was developing.

Max, still distraught after she turned down Kyle's offer to join him in London, began looking for purpose after defending a man who claimed to be the second coming of Jesus (played by Harold Perrineau). She relived her past lives after she, Khadijah, and Synclaire went to a spa retreat. Learning that she was a man in every lifetime except her current one, Max realized that her mission was to become a mother. The series finale revealed that the sperm donor for Max's baby was Kyle, who returned for the final episode. The two reconciled soon after.

Khadijah also left the brownstone for the final time with her boyfriend and later successful music producer, Scooter (played by Cress Williams), a friend from Khadijah and Regine's childhood in East Orange, New Jersey, whom she had a finale reunion with two episodes prior to the finale in a Christmas-themed episode.

Half & Half

Erika Alexander and T.C. Carson reprised their characters on another Yvette Lee Bowser series, the UPN sitcom Half & Half. In "The Big Performance Anxiety Episode", which originally aired on February 14, 2005, it was revealed that Maxine and Kyle were still a couple, and that their baby was a girl, whom they named Kyla Barker. Maxine had become "the female Johnnie Cochran" and professional idol of UC Berkeley Law student Dee Dee Thorne (Essence Atkins), while Kyle had left Wall Street to pursue a career in musical theater.

Cast and characters

Main characters

  • Queen LatifahKhadijah James, editor and publisher of Flavor, an independent magazine devoted to the interests of the urban community.
  • Kim ColesSynclaire James-Jones, Khadijah's good-natured cousin and roommate; receptionist at Flavor and aspiring actress.
  • Erika AlexanderMaxine "Max" Felice Shaw, strong-willed attorney and Khadijah's best friend; spends much of her time at girls' apartment.
  • T.C. CarsonKyle Barker (Seasons 1–4 ; 3 episodes in Season 5), stockbroker and girls' neighbor; Max's verbal sparring partner and on-again, off-again etc. love interest.
  • John HentonOverton "Obie" Wakefield Jones, Kyle's roommate and the brownstone's handyman; Synclaire's sweetheart.
  • Kim FieldsRegina "Regine" Hunter (Seasons 1–5 ; appears for a short time in the fifth season), Khadijah and Synclaire's gossip-loving roommate; childhood friend of Khadijah.
  • Mel JacksonIra Lee "Tripp" Williams (Season 5), Khadijah and Regine's new roommate; aspiring songwriter.

Minor Characters

  • Cress WilliamsTerrence "Scooter" Williams, Khadijah's childhood friend and sometimes love interest
  • Richard LyonsMichael Janson (Season 1–2), Max's "old stand-by."
  • Shaun BakerRussell Montego, Jamaican-born music editor at Flavor
  • Bobby HoseaLawrence (Season 1–3), Kyle's rival at the brokerage
  • Chip FieldsLaverne Hunter, Regine's mother
  • Rita OwensRita James (Season 1–4), Khadijah's mother
  • Heavy DDarryl (Season 2–4), Regine's friend
  • Steven GilbornJeffrey Higgins (Season 2–4), Kyle's boss
  • Bumper RobinsonIvan Ennis (Season 3–4), college-age messenger turned Flavor copy aide; infatuated with Khadijah
  • J. Anthony Brown – Tibby (Season 3–4), Overton's favorite uncle
  • Khalil KainKeith (Season 3–4), Regine's artist boyfriend
  • Dorien WilsonRev. Leslie Taylor (Season 3–4), pastor at the church's group
  • Isaiah WashingtonDr. Charles Roberts (Season 4), Khadijah's boyfriend.
  • Idalis DeLeonRoni De Santos (Season 5), popular New York City deejay and love interest for Tripp

Notable Guest Appearances

DVD release

Warner Home Video released the complete first season of Living Single on DVD in Region 1 on February 14, 2006. It is unknown if the remaining 4 seasons will be released at some point because sales of First Season DVD was poor.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 27 February 14, 2006

Syndication

Living Single started rerunning in syndication on September 22, 1997. Reruns of the series currently run daily on TV One and Oxygen (TV channel).

2008 Reunion

In the summer of 2008 the show had a reunion that aired on TV One without Queen Latifah.

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Performer Result
1998 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series:

Erika Alexander

Winner
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series:

Queen Latifah

Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series:

Kim Coles

Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

T.C. Carson

Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

John Henton

Nominated

References

  1. ^ www.tv.com/living-single/show/473/summary.html&full_summary=1 "Living Single on TV.com"], TV.com
  2. ^ Thomas, Rochell (September, 1998). "Nielsen To Scope Blacks". Vibe 6 (7): 272. http://books.google.com/books?id=lywEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA272&dq=%22a%20different%20world%22%20among%20african%20american%20households&as_brr=1&pg=PA272#v=onepage&q=&f=false. 

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