via: The Root
Sorry, Will Smith, but these other shows deserve a second chance.
Reports swirled last week that Will Smith hopes to bring a modern version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air back to television. Now, as much as we love the Fresh Prince, the show wrapped with a tear-jerking series finale that doesn’t warrant a new version of the story. So we’ve decided to play TV exec and suggest a few shows that should come back to the small screen. Some of our favorite, unsung black sitcoms and dramas were too short-lived during their initial run. And a few of them didn’t get a proper send-off. In this list, we take a look at a few shows that deserve their chance to shine just one more time.
If there were ever a time for TV to air a series with threads of comedy along with social commentary, now is the time. Roc, which featured Charles S. Dutton as a Baltimore garbageman and his family, aired for just three seasons on Fox, 1991-1994. Fans were devoted to watching the show, but the Nielsen ratings were low throughout its run. Several episodes of the series were live performances, where, before the episode, characters talked about current events. With police brutality becoming all too common in America, and with homicide rates up in Baltimore, the reboot would have plenty of fodder to put in perspective through scripted programming.
Talk about a cliffhanger. A positive pregnancy test was found in Moesha’s apartment, which she shared with a few roommates. Myles got kidnapped by one of Dorian’s former acquaintances. So clearly, we need to tie up some loose ends in the plot. But also, what better way to bring Brandy Norwood back to TV? The Game has aired its final season. She’s finished up her role as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. Yes, she’s slated to appear on an upcoming BET series as Zoe Moon, a divorced, single mother of a 10-year-old who has dreams of being the next, big cosmetics mogul. So she likely won’t have time to commit to a whole season of Moesha. And that’s OK. Moesha should come back for one flash-forward TV special that catches us up with Moesha as a widowed mother to Hakeem’s child. Rest in peace, Lamont Bentley.
Girlfriends was a casualty of the TV writers’ strike from 2007-2008, when producers decided it was too expensive to bring the show back after the strike ended. Talks of a Girlfriends movie have swirled on gossip blogs for the past several years, with the whole cast glamming up the stage at Black Girls Rock! in 2013. In what would be the show’s final episode, Joan heads to her fiance Aaron’s classroom to read a letter from their teacher who had been deployed to Iraq. If movie-production companies can’t get behind a big-budget, feature-length film, why not bring the show back for an hourlong wedding special? Joan deserves the wedding of her dreams.
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