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Often credited as being the original “Friends”, Living Single premiered
on the Fox television network in 1993. The insanely funny sit-com is
guaranteed to keep you in stitches. Each cast member has their own unique
style, but when combined create a dynamic combination of explosive humor.
Living Single is all about the ups-and-downs of four single African American
women, and two men. The old saying that, “laughter is the best medicine”, is
indeed true. The setting is a brownstone apartment building, occupied by
three women Kadijah, Sinclair, and Ragine. Kadijah James, played by
Queen Latifah is a hard working entrepreneur that owns “Flavor Magazine”.
Kadijah is constantly searching for romance, but deep down will always love
her ex-boyfriend Scooter. Scooter lives in California. Sinclair James, played
by Kim Coles, is Kadijah’s slightly naive cousin. Sinclair is a secretary
employed by Flavor Magazine, and is also an inspiring actress. Sinclair is
very passionate about her troll dolls, and there are many of them on her desk
at work. Regine Hunter (Kim Fields Freeman) another roommate, is
extremely fashion conscious. She can frequently be seen wearing different
wigs, and faux jewelry. Regine is a costume designer, whose main purpose in
life is to marry a wealthy man and live a life of leisure, but somehow always
ends up with Mr. Wrong. Maxine Shaw (Erika Alexander) is an attorney that
lives across the street, she is constantly at the brownstone apartment building
aggravating Regine, and her occasional lover Kyle. Kyle Barker (T.C.
Carter) a stockbroker, is Kadijah’s upstairs neighbor. Kyle has a love/hate
relationship with Maxine. Their insults, aimed at each other, are a regular
part of the show. Overton Waikfield Jones (John Henton) works as a resident
handyman in the apartment building, and is Kyle’s roommate. Overton’s
trade mark is his trusty tool belt. Overton and Sinclair are in love they make
the perfect couple, because of their similar personalities. Living Single ended
its run on television with Maxine getting artificially inseminated by an
unknown donor, that turned out to be Kyle- Overton and Sinclair were
married- Regine finally landed herself a rich husband and Kadijah moved to
California to be near her boyfriend Scooter. Living Single should be
commended for its marvelous portrayal of dating in the 90’s.
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