The start of the new decade has been such a challenge that Netflix thought, why not rewind the comedic clock for some 1990s/2000s Black sitcom humor? The streaming giant announced that it was bringing back seven classic comedies from that era, staggered over the course of several months, with “Moesha” kicking off the fun over the weekend on August 1.
In addition to the Brandy-led ensemble, “The Game” will air its first three seasons on August 15, followed by “Sister, Sister” (September 1), “Girlfriends” (on September 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of its premiere), “The Parkers” (October 1), “Half & Half” and “One on One” (October 15).
“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,” Bradley Edwards, manager of content acquisition at Netflix and Jasmyn Lawson, manager of Strong Black Lead wrote in a release announcing the streamfest. “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.”
If fans are excited about these reboots, check out the excitement from some of these shows’ cast members in the video below, courtesy of Netflix. As Valerie Pettiford (“Half & Half”) said, “These shows changed the face of television as we know it.”