Netflix is adding some of the UPN Network’s most nostalgic Black sitcoms from the ’90s and ’00s, acquiring 7 of the most popular. The streaming service has grabbed the rights to “Moesha,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends,” “The Parkers,” “Half & Half” and “One on One.” Over the next three months, these shows will be available to add to your queue.
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On Aug. 15, the first three seasons of “The Game,” which ran for nine years in total, will debut. the black comedy that aired on The CW before it moved over to BET.“Moesha,” starring Brandy Norwood, ran for six seasons on UPN and will debut on Netflix Saturday.
Popular ’90s sitcom, “Sister, Sister,” will premiere on Netflix starting Sept. 1. It debuted on ABC before moving over to The WB, airing six seasons total.
“Girlfriends,” which stars “Black-ish” lead Tracee Ellis-Ross, ran for nine seasons and 172 episodes and is one of the longest-running live-action sitcoms. Tracey Ellis Ross had already been nominated for two Emmys following her role as Rainbow Johnson in the ABC series ”Black-ish” and has been nominated again this year.
“The Parkers,” “Half & Half” and “One on One” will debut in October. “The Parkers” was a spinoff of “Moesha” that starred Mo’Nique. All three of those series aired on UPN as well.
Special Promotion of Black Sitcoms On Netflix
Netflix’s Strong Black Instagram shared a video starring some of the stars from each series, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Tia, and Tamara Mowry, and Jackée Harry, sharing the news and highlighting some of their favorite moments from the shows. They also thanked the fans, pointing out that many have been requesting Netflix to add more classic Black shows to the platform for years now.
The addition of shows highlighting black content on streaming platforms is in the initiative to promote more black stories and news across more mainstream outlets. The Platform has included documentaries that discuss the black experience, along with classic Black films and stories that highlight the contributions of black people to society and culture as a whole. News outlets are expanding to include more news that promotes black knowledge. Netflix’s effort to encourage more sitcoms with strong back leads adds to the attempts at inclusion and representation.