What About Your Friends?! 15 Of The Greatest Black Buddy Sitcoms
The holiday season always gets us thinking about family, but what about your friends? It’s also the season to spend time with your best friends (did you see The Best Man Holiday?) — especially if you are young person with limited finances and you have to pick ONE holiday to return home (usually Christmas) and the other(s) to kick it with friends (usually Thanksgiving and/or New Year’s Eve). And what better way to celebrate friends than for us to relive some of our favorite black buddy sitcoms and their hilarious, friendly moments.
“Living Single” was black folks’ Friends for sure. In a 90s kind of world, they were glad they had each other, and we (fans) were glad they had each other too while making us laugh along the way. We fell in love with the characters of our version of 20 somethings trying to make it in their careers, love and friendships in the Big Apple — including the always-hungry attorney and the extra roommate Maxine (Erika Alexander), the uptight magazine editor Khadijah (Queen Latifah), handyman Overton (John Henton), the bourgeois-wannabe Régine (Kim Fields), the troll-loving Synclaire (Kim Coles) and the Maxine–hating-then-loving stockbroker Kyle (T.C. Carson).
This is definitely the funniest black sitcom of them all. Yeah, I said it. And Martin’s love (Tisha Campbell), two bros (Thomas Mikal Ford and Carl Anthony Payne II) and frenemy (Tichina Arnold) seem to get themselves in some hilarious adventures. While Martin had quite the smart-mouthed manner towards his friends — by the end of each adventure they had each other’s backs — until he told them to get ta steppin’.
“Girlfriends” was there through thick and thin. Like really, the sitcom lasted for eight seasons — becoming one of the longest-running black sitcoms. It was our black “Sex and the City.”
The Steve Harvey Show
There were plenty of friendship dynamics on this show. You had your lead funnymen Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer. You had mischievous, not-so-bright Romeo (Merlin Santana) and Bullethead (William Lee Scott). And you had the beautiful-yet-silly principal Regina (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and her hood fabulous secretary Lovita (Terri J. Vaughn).
Now these ladies knew how to gossip while hanging out both in and out their apartment building. And that’s what I call true friendships — gossip on the stoop.
A Different World
College is truly a ‘different world,’ but good thing these young, HBCU students had each other to get through those (hilarious) struggles and triumphs during the best years of their lives!
That’s So Raven
Oh, the crazy adventures Raven and her friends Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) got into because of Raven’s always unclear physic visions. They had you dying laughing for a children’s sitcom.
In their world (the football world), they certainly needed each other — football players and their women too because of all the DRAMA! But it was still a comedy. A good enough one for fans to rally behind it to bring it back, which BET
Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper
If anything this show had an awesome theme song — recorded by En Vogue and castmates Holly Robinson Peete and Dawnn Lewis. This comedy shows a men can live peacefully with two close female friends and later a woman with her daughter, right? RIGHT?!
The show only lasted three seasons, but who knew Eve could be so funny in her own series? If this show was about anything, it was about friendships (her two crazy best girlfriends (a former single model [Ali Landry] and another happily married woman [Natalie Desselle-Reid], boyfriend for at least season one [Jason Winston George], his silly playboy best friend [Brian Hooks] and their friend from England [Sean Maguire]).
Malcolm and Eddie
This show had the right formula for a duo team up. Malcolm (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) was the smart, handsome and responsible one while Eddie (Eddie Griffin) was a fast-talker who was always getting the pair into trouble. But in the end, they bailed each other out.
Kenan and Kel
Who loves Keenan and Kel? Former 90s kids love Keenan and Kel. Is it true? Mmmhmm. We do, we do, we do-ooh! Enough said.
The Wayans Bros.
Although, they’re a brother duo, you can tell they are truly best friends. Shawn (still) has the smoothness and good looks and Marlon (still) has the goofy, silly charm. Together they (still) make a great team.
Half and Half
OK, so they’re sisters. But not only does their sisterhood grow throughout the series, they’re friendship does too. With that being said, their friendship and sisterhood didn’t keep their mothers from taking jabs at each other (much to our comic relief).
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
OK, so this is actually an animated series, but it’s in the style of a sitcom (like a few other animated “sitcoms” of its time) — with a laughter track playing in the background of each episode. It was definitely a groundbreaking show — featuring mainly young black males as characters. And it’s centered around the lovable Fat Albert and his hey hey HEYS! This show definitely represented youth and friendship.