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5 Iconic Scenes from Black Sitcoms: Part I

It was so much fun putting this list together. I went down a memory lane on YouTube that included sitcom favorites like Moesha, Living Single, Family Matters, and more. I had so much fun, that I’ve already decided this will be a three-part series.


So, without further ado, here are five of my favorite scenes from some great sitcoms (in no particular order)


1. “How Come He Don’t Want Me??” Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


Will’s deadbeat dad bails on him again, and it brings Will to his breaking point while Uncle Phil does his best to support him. Whether or not you have daddy issues yourself, this scene WILL make you cry.


2. Steve Urkel Becomes Stefan Urquelle, Family Matters


How can you forget when nerdy Steve Urkel became smooth-talking Stefan Urquelle? Even Laura was on board. Jaleel White was so convincing as a ladies man. He DID do that! (see what I did there?)


3. Martin’s Stolen CD Player, Martin


Inspired by New Jack City’s Nino Brown, Martin interrogates his friends about his missing CD player in one of the most hilarious scenes from the show. If you pay attention, you can see the actor playing Tommy totally lose it when Martin drags his stuffed dog around the table. It’s impossible not to crack up when you watch this scene.


4. Jamie and Fancy Get Married, The Jamie Foxx Show


We rooted for them season after season, and finally, it happened! They got married. And Jamie sings an original wedding song that’s so beautiful, we probably all thought we would walk down the aisle to it one day. (My husband seriously considered it.)


5. Ashley’s Singing Debut, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


OK, full disclosure. I was looking for the scene in Living Single when Kyle and Maxine finally get together, but YouTube let me down. So, I went with another scene that i remember to this day: When Ashley becomes a famous singer. I LOVED this story-line when I was younger, even if it ended with Ashley becoming a diva and then losing everything. (I was rooting for you, Ashley!)


Keep an eye out for Part II coming soon.


Sidenote: Why are there NO black sitcoms on Netflix? We have Friends, and The Office, and Parks and Rec, etc., but not much diversity.

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