Girlfriends: Season 5
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The lives and loves of four feisty African-American women, and their male friend, form the hit formula for this long-running sitcom. Golden Brooks, Jill Jones, Traci Ellis Ross, and Persia White play the foursome navigating the sometimes choppy waters of life in Los Angeles. Joan (Ross) succeeds in her career as a lawyer, but she struggles to find that same success in love. Surrounding her is her independent assistant, Maya (Brooks); intelligent but flighty roommate, Lynn (White); and man-crazy friend, Toni (Jones). And while William (Reggie Hayes) spends a lot of his time with the girls, he still hasn't learned everything there is to know about women. This collection presents the fifth season of this irreverent and heartwarming comedy.
A pregnancy, career change, and the unraveling of a relationship are front and center on the fifth season of Girlfriends. The sitcom, which is executive-produced by Kelsey Grammer, takes a more serious approach this year. Yes, the jokes and physical comedy are all still here. While the friends have more than their share of issues to work out, Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross), Maya (Golden Brooks), Lynn (Persia White), and Toni (Jill Marie Jones) remain best friends. A former high-powered attorney, Joan finds herself navigating unchartered territory when she opens a trendy restaurant called the J Spot. Her good friend William (Reginald Hayes) has already made a financial investment in the business and now he's ready to give romance a shot. While the relationship is played somewhat for laughs, the actors inject poignant realism into their evolving roles. Clearly they're aware that should the romance fail, their platonic friendship could suffer. Meanwhile, Toni has mixed feelings about her estranged husband, Lynn becomes acquainted with her birth father, and Maya reinvents herself as a writer. Each of the four girlfriends have romantic entanglements, but Maya's is the trainwreck we can't stop rooting for. In a scene reminiscent of the Friends episode where Rachel plots to stop Ross from marrying Emily, Maya tries to figure out how to get her ex-boyfriend Darnell back. The guest stars this season range from musician Tricky (who toys with Lynn's fragile heart) to Reverend Al Sharpton (who helps jumpstart Maya's career as an author). Tricky is particularly good playing the bad boy that every woman should stay away from, but can't resist. All 22 episodes--which originally aired during the 2004-2005 television season--are included in this 3-disc set. With two seasons remaining before the series finale, Girlfriends has done a nice job of setting up the ladies' future. --Jae-Ha Kim
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The story lines I enjoyed were Joan's struggles to open a tapas bar and experiencing the highs & lows of owning a business; Toni's pregnancy and Lynn's relationship issues with a band mate.
Kudos to Persia White as Lynn. She was really great this season as we got to see her character's confusion and hurt in dealing with a man who doesn't want to be in a monogamous relationship
I have to commend this group of actors again for bringing these characters to life and the flow of the stories that kept me watching the entire season in one evening. My only negative about this set is that once again we got no extras.
but it seems like the seasons keep getting shorter and shorter it seems each month a buy the next season I get less and less satisfied.
its like they stopped trying. they only try when the last episode comes about.