Jan 13, 2016
A few months ago, we started a series that looks at TV shows that feature four strong women characters – sitcoms and dramas. Perhaps you caught recap of Sisters, from the 90s, or found out a little backstory of how Desperate Housewives came to earn so many awards. There are more than a dozen shows that use this formula. It’s simply fascinating!
In this installment, Advanced TV Herstory goes in depth with college professor Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino on the construction of the four-women dynamic. Based on her new book, TV Female Foursomes and Their Fans, published in fall 2015, we’ll also look at the 90s sitcom, Living Single.
As one of very few shows that depicted African-Americans in all the main roles, Living Single was an audience favorite for five seasons on Fox. The cast consisted of Queen Latifah as Kadijah, Kim Coles as Synclaire, Erika Alexander as Maxine and Kim Fields – of Facts of Life fame (yes, another female foursome sitcom) as Regine. We’ll discuss its aspirational and representational aspects for 20-something Americans of all colors in the mid-90s, and how the four main character construct aided the show’s creator, Yvette Lee Bowser to cast a relevant net for plots.