Living Single

Common Sense Media says

Comedy about diversity and friendship for teens+.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This show is a positive representation of African-Americans. It also provides positive messages about friendship and loyalty.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Strong sexual innuendo and some discussions of sexual activity. Some making out, but no simulated sex.

Language

Mild: "Damn," "crap," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some adult consumption of alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series focuses on the strength of friendship and pursuit of romance. The show includes fairly strong sexual innuendo and at times makes clear (but not graphic) references to sex. While most of this will likely go over the head of younger viewers, parents should exercise caution. Parents should also know that this show celebrates African-American culture and community and the importance of accepting racial and ethnic differences.

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What's the story?

LIVING SINGLE is a sitcom about a group of young, upwardly mobile African-American twenty- and thirty-somethings who support each other as they build successful lives in Brooklyn, New York. Khadijah James (Queen Latifah) is the editor-in-chief of an up-and-coming urban magazine called Flavor; she shares a brownstone with her Troll doll-loving cousin, aspiring actress Synclair (Kim Coles); and her childhood friend, the image-conscious, boutique-buying Regine (Kim Fields, best known as Tootie on The Facts of Life). Rounding out the ensemble are Khadijah's best friend, attorney Maxine (Erika Alexander), a constant visitor who thinks nothing of mooching off of the trio; Kyle (TC Carson), a Wall Street funds broker; and Overton (John Carson), the tool-loving building superintendent. Khadijah continuously struggles between finding love and supporting the magazine, while Regine attempts to move beyond her working-class background. Sexual tension between Maxine and Kyle leads to five years of constant sparring, and Maxine struggles between pursuing her legal career and pursuing motherhood by way of a sperm donor.

Is it any good?

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An entertaining series, Living Single is also about African-American pride. While there's no shortage of "yo momma" jokes, this circle of friends not only finds strength in each other, but in their place within the African-American community. As a result, the series provides much-needed positive messages about diversity and multicultural acceptance and makes the show even more worth watching. Despite all of Living Single's positive messages and strong humor, its characters' active love lives and penchant for innuendo makes it best for teens and up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance and strength of friendship as a support system. Why is it so important to have supportive friends? Who do you depend on for support when you're facing a challenge? Families can also talk about the importance of diversity. What can we learn by gaining an understanding of others' cultural and racial heritage? What elements of your own culture can you celebrate?

TV details

Cast:Erika Alexander, Kim Fields, Queen Latifah
Network:Oxygen
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Written byAnonymous March 25, 2014
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12
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Entertaining Enough

First, I want to clear something up-Overton is played by John Henton, not John Carson. Other then that, CSM pretty much read my mind. There are some undetailed sex scenes and references.
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