I love all forms of entertainment, not just music. So, when I go to Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime to binge watch a show, I get really disappointed with the selection. Don't get me wrong- I love "The Golden Girls" and "Cheers". It's just important for us to be able to tap into nostalgia and watch our old classic favs just like the white majority can stream "Friends". Shows like "The Bernie Mac Show", "A Different World" and "Living Single" are available for streaming. However, those aren't the only Black sitcoms that had an impact on the culture. Here are 5 of many shows I want to see available for streaming:
For Your Love (1998-2002)
Many people will either say, "Huh?" or "I forgot all about that show!" Either way, it'll only take an episode to convince them to binge all 5 seasons. This show featured Black couples that didn't play the tokens or supporting characters. I love healthy Black love. Dear Amazon, please adopt this show.
The Parkers (1999-2004)
Do I even have to explain? A dark skinned, plus size woman as a lead character. The main focus of the show wasn't her weight, AND she had handsome romantic interests. On top of all that, the show is just damn funny.
The Steve Harvey Show (1996-2002)
This show is still one of the most diverse sitcoms. Period. A Black woman as principal. Jewish and Afro-Latino supporting characters as students. A teacher who could sing, dance, play the piano and sax, and made time to mentor students. I have spent days watching this show and laughing to tears. We need it, Hulu. Thanks in advance!
In the House (1995-1998)
First, I just wanna pay homage to Maia Campbell. The official Friendly Black Hottie of the '90s. Secondly, anything with Debbie Allen is already a classic. Lastly, LL Cool J in his prime. Duh! Let's go, Netflix.
It is absolutely WRONG for this show not to be streaming! I don't have a DVD player anymore, and watching on cable just doesn't work for a lot of people's budgets and/or schedules. I know I talked about Joan being insufferable, but this is still the best show that proves the world doesn't deserve Black women. We really are the blueprint.
What shows do you want to see on streaming platforms? Comment below!
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This post won't be long, but I had to make a playlist of classics from my fav American state to visit. Florida! Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, etc. are all represented here.
Honorable Mentions (AKA not on Spotify):
-Yung Trap "She Thick"
-The Puppies "Funky Y2C"
-Grind Mode "So High"
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