1 9 9 8 – 2 0 0 2 (USA)
86 x 30 minute episodes
The creator of Living Single, producer Yvette Lee Bowser, also produced this counterpart series, which might have been called Living Together. It revolved around three couples in different stages of togetherness in the integrated, upscale Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.
The veterans were architect Dean (DW Moffett) – who had been a placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and his wife, Sheri (Dedee Pfeiffer). They were high school sweethearts who had been blissfully married for four years.
Next door were the newlyweds, attorney Mel (James Lesure) and his psychiatrist wife, Malena (Holly Robinson Peete). Mel and Malena were “buppies” (black, upwardly mobile professionals) who were very much in love.
Mel’s goofy, commitment-phobic brother Reggie (Edafe Blackmon) was a restaurateur who could not bring himself to give a set of keys to his swank downtown apartment to his girlfriend Bobbi (Tamala Jones), a divorced elementary school teacher.
The three couples chattered about life, love, and lust amid numerous bed scenes, tub scenes, and couch cuddles.
When For Your Love moved to the WB for the 1998-1999 season, Reggie opened a new Cajun restaurant called Soulstice, in Chicago. Dean and Sheri were trying to have a baby, but in the spring, it was Malena who found out she was pregnant.
By the close of 1999, Bobbi finally moved in with Reggie, Malena was expecting a boy, and Mel was about to be made a partner in his law firm. However, they wanted him to commit for 10 years, so he left to set up his own practice in the same building in which Dean worked.
Bobbi and Reggie almost broke up, but, when the series returned in March 2001 (after a five-month hiatus), Reggie proposed. They were married in mid-April in a spur-of-the-moment ceremony.
Dean and Sheri split up because she felt unfulfilled, and in the season finale, Malena went into labour – after a two-year pregnancy!
For Your Love returned in January 2002 with Malena leaving the hospital with her new baby boy, Evan.
Dean and Sheri had wild sex in the hospital while Malena was in labour but they remained separated.
Meanwhile, Reggie saw a therapist and admitted he had misgivings about marrying Bobbi. The following week he had an opportunity to become part-owner of a resort in the Caribbean and when Bobbi told him she didn’t want to go, he went without her.
Mel’s uncle Omar (Eugene Byrd) was hired to run Soulstice, where he locked horns with Bobbi, who had been managing the place since Reggie’s departure. When Uncle Omar threw a party at Bobbi’s apartment while she was away, he got her evicted.
Bobbi received her divorce papers from commitment-averse Reggie, which gave Omar the chance to make his move on her, but she wasn’t interested despite having little success dating other guys.
Malena eventually returned to work, and Dean and Sheri reconciled.
Holly Robinson Peete
Uncle Omar Ellis