Network: UPN, The CW
Episodes: 172 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 11, 2000 – February 11, 2008
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Reginald C. Hayes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Persia White, Golden Brooks, Khalil Kain, Keesha Sharp, Jill Marie Jones, Jason Pace, and Tanner Scott Richards.
TV show description:
A group of very different African American friends make their way through life in Los Angeles.
Joan Clayton (Tracee Ellis Ross) is a successful attorney for a big law firm but can’t seem to find “Mr. Right.” Her troubled relationships include those with sex addict Sean Ellis (Dondre T. Whitfield); Ellis Carter (Adrian Lester) the actor; Ellis’ agent, Brock Harris (Malik Yoba); and finally, Aaron Waters (Richard T. Jones). While dealing with her relationship issues and her other challenges, Joan makes time for her close friends.
Joan’s personal assistant is sassy Maya Wilkes (Golden Brooks) who married her high-school sweetheart, Darnell (Flex Alexander, then Khalil Kain), a airport baggage handler turned mechanic. They have a son together, Jabari (Tanner Scott Richards, then Kendre Berry), and Maya eventually becomes a stay-at-home mom and the author of a book called Oh Hell Yes.
Self-indulgent Antoinette “Toni” Marie Childs-Garrett (Jill Marie Jones) is Joan’s friend since childhood and a successful real estate agent. After a lot of “gold-digging,” Toni falls in love with plastic surgeon Todd Garrett and the two marry following a brief courtship. After the two have separated, Toni gives birth to baby Morgan. Toni is still quite selfish but makes the choice to move to New York so that Morgan can be close to her father.
Perpetual student Lynn Ann Searcy (Persia White) was Joan and Toni’s roommate at UCLA and holds five post-graduate degrees. She supports herself through a number of truly odd jobs while searching for her own prince charming.
Joan’s one male confidant is William Dent (Reggie Hayes). He works with her as a senior partner at Goldberg, Swedelson, McDonald and Lee. William wisecracks about Joan’s dismal social life though his own isn’t much better. He eventually marries his manipulative aide, Monica Brooks (Keesha Sharp), whom Joan and her friends initially dislike.
The Game is a spin-off of this series.