1 9 9 3 – 1 9 9 7 (USA)
118 x 30 minute episodes
Living Single provided a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of a magazine as seen through the experiences of cousins Khadijah and Synclaire James.
Khadijah (Queen Latifah) moved to New York from New Jersey after she graduated to establish Flavor, a monthly magazine dedicated to African American women with offices in Manhattan above the Chemical Bank Building. Savor magazine was her main competition.
Khadijah lived in an apartment in a brownstone in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, which she shared with her cousin, Synclaire (Kim Coles) – who worked as the receptionist at Flavor – and her friend Regine Hunter (Kim Fields).
Khadijah’s old university pal Maxine (“Max”) Felice Shaw was a lawyer with the firm of Evans, Bell and Associates in Manhattan. She had her own apartment but considered Khadijah’s apartment to be her second home.
Elsewhere in the Brooklyn brownstone lived best friends, Overton Wakefield and Kyle Barker. Overton was the building’s maintenance man and was dating Synclaire, who called him “Obie”. The two later married.
Kyle was a stockbroker and believed that he was irresistible to women. He was in a band called Water (“the missing element in Earth, Wind and Fire”) and had a love-hate relationship with Max.
Khadijah eventually found romance after reconnecting with her childhood friend Terrence “Scooter” Williams (Cress Williams).
When Regine became engaged to Dexter Knight (Don Franklin), she moved in with him, and songwriter Ira Lee “Trip” Williams III (Mel Jackson) became Khadijah and Synclaire’s new roommate.
As the series ended, Synclaire joined a comedy troupe and came to the attention of a Warner Bros. TV executive who offered her the role of a nun in a sitcom he was developing.
Maxine ‘Max’ Felice Shaw
Overton ‘Obie’ Wakefield Jones
Terrence T.C Carson
Ira Lee ‘Trip’ Williams
Terrence ‘Scooter’ Williams