LIVING SINGLE: S1 (DVD)
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Living Single: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Bold, sassy and realistic, four upwardly mobile and very different African-American women share adventures, advice and an exclusive brownstone in New York City as they explore life and Living Single.Khadijah James (Queen Latifah) has it all--a great job running her own trendy magazine and part ownership of a fancy brownstone. Sharing the ownership of their home is her endearingly naïve cousin Synclaire (Kim Coles) who's also Khadijah's assistant at the magazine. Cramping their lifestyle is third roommate and sarcastic, selfish fortune hunter, Regine (Kim Fields). And even though she doesn't live in the brownstone, Khadijah's best friend, Maxine (Erika Alexander), a tough, aggressive divorce attorney in search of Mr. Right, spends more time here than she does in her own home.With love, laughter and a little bit of luck, these four women are on the threshold of the rest of their lives.]]>
When it appeared on the Fox TV network in 1993, Living Single was one of the first sitcoms to portray the everyday doings of a group of African America friends living ordinary American lives. It also pretty much launched the acting career of rap artist Queen Latifah (who performed its theme song) before she moved onto a thriving profession as a movie star. The format was nothing new, but it quickly became a hit and ran for five successful seasons. The setting was the office of urban-lifestyle Flavor magazine, where Khadijah James (Latifah) was editor, and the New York apartment Khadijah shared with roommates Synclaire (Kim Coles) and Regine (Kim Fields). There were frequent drop-ins by Khadijah's friend Maxine (Erika Alexander) and the duo of bickering best-friends from the apartment upstairs Kyle (Terrence T.C. Carson) and Overton (John Henton). From that formulaic setup came the good-natured storylines that allowed for plenty of Friends-like repartee (although Friends didn't premiere until the next year). It was also a little Seineld-like (which was just hitting stride in 1993), except that Living Single did not adhere to Seinfeld's "no hugging, no learning" policy. In episodes with titles like "Crappy Birthday," "Whose Date Is It Anyway," "Fatal Distraction," and "A Tale of Two Tattles," Khadijah and company engaged in familiar sitcom ensemble wise-cracking, back-stabbing, name-calling, and grudge-holding that elicited plenty of "WOOOOO!" responses from the studio audience, but everyone always went back to being supportive pals for the denouements. The series made it clear that Latifah was a charismatic and charmingly telegenic personality who had no problem sharing screen time with her co-stars. The bickering is most fun in episodes heavy on scenes between the gossip queen Regine and the upscale, quick-witted lawyer Maxine. The Ralph Kramden/Ed Norton dynamic between Overton and Kyle also makes for lively sitcom chemistry. There's no episode commentary on this first season, 27-episode four-disc set. The only extra is a 13-minute documentary, "How Ya Livin'? Season one of Living Single," which features new interviews with series creator Yvette Lee Bowser and some of the cast members (but not Queen Latifah). --Ted Fry
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well, for anyone who didn't get the chance to see the show back in the day: it's about 4 african-american women having busy lives, working and being friends. i really like how the show didn't do any negative stereotypes of black women. they were 4 professional women, with no kids and always busy. they also have great times with their upstairs neighbors, kyle and overton.
back in the day, this and martin were my 2 fave shows to watch every week. now, if yvette lee bowser [show creator] is reading this...we need the rest of the seasons on dvd!! season 1 had that classic burglary show that i hadn't seen for the longest time. if you all loved watching the show when it was first on, the dvd is even better!! incl. an interview with all the cast [except queen latifah] on what they think of the show after all this time. get it!! i still love watching living single and the dvds take you back down memory lane.
Season One includes a lot of great episodes. We see all throughout the season certain things: Regine will sometimes stop at nothing to gain the interest of a man, Overton has an undying crush on Synclaire, Max things she's the greatest lawyer alive, and Kyle's ego is as big as the day is long. Although Khadijah has a very hard edge about herself, she manages to attract some men in season one. In one episode, her friends feel neglected because she is spending much time with a man. Khadijah is illustrated as very headstrong, intelligent and usually tries to avoid conflict. Sometimes her friends would come to her trying to get her to gossip, and she would usually refuse. Synclaire is illustrated as a real sweetheart throughout this season. Sometimes, however, they made her say and do some things that made her look like a moron. For example, some of the things she did at her job were just unorthodox like firing one of her coworkers when Khadijah put her in charge because she was sick. But the love Overton has for Snyclair is undeniable. He always looks out for her and makes sure everyone is treating her nicely. Because he had his eye on her, he didn't want anyone else dating her, and sometimes he would go to extremes to prevent that. In one episode, Synclaire goes out on a date with a doctor. When Overton finds out about it, he goes to the restaurant where Snyclaire and her date are dining, and finds a way to get her date to leave, and Overton finishes the night with Synclaire, pure comedy! Several times, we see Regine dating different men with prestige and good looks. In episode one, she even dates a married man! She stoops to some pretty low levels to appease the men in her life.
I recommend this set of DVDs to anyone who is looking for some laughter. I love watching the show because of the great personalities of the characters and the interaction between them.