Are you a fan of Living Single? In honor of the show’s 20th anniversary, the cast and creator spoke with The Root about the FOX TV series.
From Yvette Lee Bowser, the sitcom follows the lives of six friends for five seasons between 1993 and 1998. The cast included Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, TC Carson, John Henton, Kim Fields, and Mel Jackson.
In the interview, Bowser said she’s proud of the impact Living Single has had:
I feel blessed that my vision and the characters have stuck with people through the decades. It’s a blessing to set out to make art, make TV and to end up making history. It feels great. It makes me smile, and it’s certainly something to be proud of. After A Different World went off the air, it left a void. There was no longer a platform for strong black female voices. Suddenly, I didn’t see myself. That was my impetus for creating the show.”
TC Carson added:
I feel grateful and blessed to … have been a part of something that has that type of impact. To be a part of something that was that iconic. Not everybody gets the chance in their life to be a part of something like that.”
But what would their characters be doing 20 years later? Erika Alexander says:
I can only imagine that a character like her, if her core is to be an individual and be strong, maybe she is in something that is totally against her being a lawyer. Totally in something with her being in constant with who she is, and her trying to walk through it. I don’t know what that is exactly, but I’d definitely put her in the hot seat. I think that’s what happens in your 40s. All the confidence you once had you start to lack. Sometimes you lose your way a bit. It would be interesting.”
And what are the chances of a reboot? From what Bowser says, it sounds like a Living Single reboot could happen:
I haven’t been able to go into that kind of detail ’cause that could be telling you what’s in my head. I will tell you that anything is possible ’cause these characters are always alive in my mind. They live inside of me, so I’ll just say that. [Laughs.]”
What do you think? Did you watch Living Single? Would you watch a reboot?