Picks and Pans Review: Living Single
Fox (Sundays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
This sitcom about four female Brooklyn buppies who are best friends is brash, scattered, derivative and kind of desperate. If nothing else (and we’re dangerously close to that state of minimalism), it does have what may be the season’s most curious, eclectic cast.
Rap star Queen Latifah plays a woman trying to launch a women’s magazine on a shoestring budget. She’s the den mother to the other characters. There’s a spacey office assistant played by Kim Coles (In Living Color) in the time-honored sitcom role of the moron. There’s a man-hungry material girl hammily played by Kim Fields (Tootie on The Facts of Life) with all the extravagant mannerisms of Diana Ross. Finally there’s a fly-girl divorce lawyer, played by Erika Alexander (Going to Extremes) with the only comic verve evident in the cast. That’s not entirely the actresses’ fault. They’re hemmed in by bad gags and clichéd characters.
The supporting male figures (played by T.C. Carson and John Henton) are particularly reprehensible. Their idea of a salutation is “We hungry.” One of them says to the other, “My brother, this ain’t Home Improvement.” You got that right.