'Girlfriends: The Final Season'
(Reggie Hayes, Tracee Ellis Ross, et al / 2-DVD / NR / 2009 / Paramount)
Overview: 'Girlfriends' is a sophisticated comedy series that invites viewers into the lives of three professional African American women living in Los Angeles who are struggling with the weighty issues of life - men, love, money -- and more men. 'Girlfriends' returns for its triumphant final year, providing an open, honest exploration of the hot-button issues about family, friends, relationships and life facing women today.
DVD Verdict: This was one of UPN networks best shows - witty, funny and full of characters. From the staunch character played by Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross to the modern day free spirit Persia White. Affluent African Americans portrayed as never before in a natural and real-life setting. I applaud producer Kelsey Grammer of Cheers, and Frasier fame for a good script, well developed characters and just enough modern day problems and situations to make this show worth taking a look at.
The actresses and actors are well known within the African American community and accomplished in their own right. Basically you have a sitcom that follows traditional lines but with a hint of Ebonics thrown in to be enjoyable to all. The women are beautiful and strong American women and the fine portrayal of an affluent African American man by actors such as Reggie Hayes is a welcome treat for viewers like myself who are so tired of seeing African Americans portrayed as pimps and hookers. Great work from a great cast and again good stuff Mr Grammer, one of the funniest men on TV today.
But, sad to say, but this Season 8 of 'Girlfriends' was the final season of this groundbreaking comedy/drama. Even though I had a feeling Season 8 would be the last I thought for sure 'Girlfriends' would have received a proper send-off. No fantasy wedding for Joan and the rest of the characters were left hanging with no sense of resolution. Tracee Ellis Ross was such a gem throughtout the entire series, I could relate to her and her many relationship woes. Season 8 is short but definitely worth purchasing - as are Seasons 1-7. Enjoy! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.