A new CBS show starring a bunch of white people. I’m in shock.
I would often watch this show with my mother, trying to categorize my future self and friends as these characters. I didn’t fully appreciate or understand the complexity of their friendships until I got older. I did remember my mother’s sadness when the show stopped airing new episodes. I also didn’t fully appreciate or understand that even grown Black women needed to see diverse representations of themselves and their friendships on television.
Girlfriends is SO IMPORTANT. People really sleep on this show. A while back I made a post about how important Denise Huxtable was as a representation of a black woman - she was quirky and “alternative” and was very much allowed to be that, to make mistakes and find her own way despite her parents expecting her to choose a more traditional path. The meaning, the threads we see in a character like Denise Huxtable continue into Girlfriends with a character like Lynn - she was once again that bohemian, carefree black girl who wasn’t punished for being “different” and furthermore had episodes exploring her mixed identity and her blackness. But beyond that with these four characters we had four very different shades of black womanhood - with Maya who smashed stereotypes of the quote-unquote “hood” single black mother, to Toni who was difficult and self-centered and put up this icewoman front (a carefully crafted facade built up after years of abuse from her alcoholic mother), to Joan, deliciously neurotic and goofy, vulnerable but totally ride or die for her girlfriends. And what was refreshing is that while they all had their romantic storylines and workroom drama, unlike a lot of shows the heart of the sitcom was really about their friendship and community. It was definitely different after Toni left but I think even that storyline was important, because we just never really get to even see the fallout that losing a friend can also cause. Not to get too deep about Girlfriends, at the end of the day it was just a sitcom (and a funny one at that), but in an age when most of the shows about black female friends on TV are reality shows like Love & Hip Hop and RHOA, that mostly show black women tearing each other down, the absence of Girlfriends is really felt.
I dont get it Hulu, why do you not carry the whole season of the show? Six episodes at a time? What if I’m trying to catch up? I need to see from the beginning. Y’all aint getting no more money from me. Fuck y’all!
A CBS commercial for being the most watched network of the year and they use one line from Criminal Minds. Its Derek Morgan looking hot as hell but still, one line. Its a quick commercial so I didnt expect much but other shows make it clear what show you’re seeing…The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist, Person of Interest, and that new Robin Williams show. How the hell does the new Robin Williams show get more coverage than Criminal Minds? WTF, CBS? You bug the hell out of me.
Can I borrow $100 so I can L.A. Law Season 3 & 4 on DVD? They are never, ever, ever going on sale. I know a small company is making them, for the fans, but $50 is kinda steep. And my family isnt the richest so I cant even really ask anyone to get them for me for Christmas. I guess I’ll wait til my birthday and wont feel so bad about spending that kind of money on myself. Ooh, or maybe tax time. Yeah, that might be good.
I’m halfway through American Horror Story: Murder House and I am still loving it. Stopped after Halloween Part 2 because its too late to keep going. More tomorrow.
Murry and I have decided to watch Criminal Minds tonight after skipping last week. I hope its worth it.