Single Ladies

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Chic drama-comedy features strong women, mature themes.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show reflects various ideas about dating, sex, and relationships from different women’s points of view.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The women are strong and empowered, but they don't always make what are traditionally viewed as moral and/or ethical choices when it comes to their relationships with men.


Endless conversations about dating, romance, extramarital affairs, and sex. Some steamy scenes of women wearing sexy lingerie and shirtless men in their underwear. Sexual activity takes place under the covers, but no nudity is visible. Some female cast members talk about their boundaries when it comes to choosing when to engage in sexual relationships.


Words like "ass" and "hell" are audible.


Artists like Eve make cameo appearances, while artists like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Sade, and R. Kelly are frequently referenced.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of social drinking (champagne, wine, cocktails).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that that this series revolves around dating, relationships, sex, and extramarital affairs from women's points of view. While some of the messages here are empowering, the show also contains some strong sexual content, including people in sexy underwear and steamy bedroom scenes (under covers; no nudity). The language can get a little strong ("damn," "hell," "ass"), and drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails) is frequent.

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What's the story?

SINGLE LADIES is a dramatic comedy about the dating and relationship adventures of three best friends. Fashion entrepreneur Val Stokes (Stacey Dash) is looking for a man who isn't afraid to commit to sharing his life with her. In contrast, April (Charity Shea) is looking for ways to find satisfaction outside of her seemingly perfect marriage. Meanwhile, Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy), wants to shed her life as a former video dancer and find a wealthy man who can offer her a lavish lifestyle. Their philosophies about sex, love, and relationships definitely differ, but they still stay true to their friendship as they navigate Atlanta's fashion and music scene.

Is it any good?

The series is a contemporary exploration of the different ways that single women (and those who want to be single) think about their relationships with the opposite sex. This examination is offered from the point of view of women who are comfortable with and empowered by their own sexuality and who are making choices based on what they want out of these connections.

While there are some decidedly feminist themes here, the show's chic and trendy setting gives it a glamorous, soap opera-like quality that makes watching it feel like a guilty pleasure. It's also the kind of show that's best enjoyed by viewers mature enough to understand the adult context from which these perspectives are being offered.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sex and the media. How does the media portray society's views about sex and sexual relationships? Do the points of view offered in this show reflect the points of view of all women about these subjects?

  • Kids: What kinds of messages are you getting from the media about sex? Parents: What do you want your kids to know when they're faced with these messages? What are some of the ways that you can approach this conversation with your kids?

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