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The streaming platform’s Strong Black Lead Twitter account announced arrival dates for several comedies that aired on the former UPN and WB networks in the 1990s and 2000s. Most have not recently been available on subscription streaming services.
“Moesha”: Aug. 1
“The Game” (Seasons 1-3): Aug. 15
“Sister, Sister”: Sept. 1
“Girlfriends”: Sept. 11
“The Parkers”: Oct. 1
“Half & Half”: Oct. 15
“One on One”: Oct. 15
Stars of the series celebrated the announcement by appearing in a video accompanying Netflix’s tweet.
“Go home, Roger,” Tamera Mowry-Housley said, reviving the “Sister, Sister” catchphrase.
“Mo to the, E to the,” “Moesha” actress Shar Jackson sings, from the series’ theme song.
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In addition to reliving some of the storylines, the stars also spoke to the shows’ influence.
Tia Mowry reflected on how her series “made a huge impact on the culture.”
“These shows changed the face of television as we know it,” says “Half & Half” actress Valarie Pettiford.
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Twins Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry starred in the 90s television series “Sister, Sister.” (Photo: Gannett News Service/Paramount Pictures)
Twitter users celebrated the announcement.
“And I’ll be rewatching every single one of these,” one user wrote in response.
“LETS GOOO!! I’m bout to binge Moesha!” said another of the sit-com starring Brandy Norwood.
“This made me emotional. I’m so ready,” posted another user. “Oh hell yes.”
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Stars of “Girlfriends,” Jill Marie Jones, far left, Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks and Persia White pose for a picture. (Photo: Gannett News Service photo by Matthew Jordan Smith)
Netflix’s Bradley Edwards, a manager of content acquisition, and Jasmyn Lawson, manager of the Strong Black Lead feed, expanded on the announcement in a blog post.
“These shows made us laugh, and cry, and sing along with those catchy theme songs. And mostly importantly, we felt like we saw ourselves on screen – in some cases for the very first time,” their post read. “Every week we were able to tune in to see people, families and friends that looked like us and characters whose everyday ups and downs reflected Black life in an authentic way.”
“These classics have been at the top of our members’ wishlists – and ours’ – for a long time and we constantly see these shows named-checked in our conversations with them,” the post continued.
“The goal of Strong Black Lead is to celebrate and lift up Black Hollywood. These trailblazing shows are a huge part of that story.”
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