'Moesha,' 'Sister Sister,' 'Girlfriends,' and More Sitcoms Are Coming to Netflix

Nerisha Penrose
Photo credit: CBS Photo Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: CBS Photo Archive - Getty Images


Moesha was the reason I wanted to run to my nearest African braiding shop to get box braids. I saw many of my own lived experiences reflected in Tia and Tamera's journey on Sister, Sister—from boy band obsessions (Boyz II Men) to the complexities of being a curious teenager. My friends and I sang the Girlfriends theme song, dreaming of one day becoming our own versions of successful Black women like Toni, Joan, Lynn, and Maya. And The Parkers taught me to go after anything—or in Nikki's case, anyone—with fervor. Now, thanks to Netflix, we won't have to squint at fuzzy YouTube recordings of the Black sitcoms that shaped our lives growing up. They're all hitting the streaming service in HD starting this August.

In a tweet that sent Twitter into a tizzy Wednesday morning, July 29, Netflix's Strong Black Lead announced that Moesha; The Game; Sister, Sister; Girlfriends; The Parkers; Half & Half; and One on One are coming to the platform soon. The accompanying video announcement featuring some very familiar faces.

"Joan, Toni, Maya, and Lynn," Tracee Ellis Ross, who played Joan on Girlfriends, began the video. In the following montage, stars like Essence Atkins from Half and Half, Robert Richard from One on One, Shar Jackson from Moesha, and many more open up about the impact of these shows years later—and their most memorable moments. "These shows changed the face of television as we know it," Valarie Pettiford, known for her role as "Big Dee Dee" Thorne on Half & Half, said in the video. No lies were told, and the Twitter reactions to the announcement are all the proof you need. Ahead, the best reactions to Strong Black Lead's upcoming releases.

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