7 more black lead shows that you should be streaming

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Martin Lawrence (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
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Here are seven other black lead shows that should be streaming

Some very refreshing news hit the Twitter timelines recently. According to Strong Black Lead On Twitter, seven classic black lead television shows have been picked up by Netflix.

Moesha, which features R&B artist Brandy, is already streaming and available on Netflix as of Aug. 1.  Seasons 1-3 of The Game, which stars Tia Mowry, will be available on Aug.15. And who doesn’t remember the Mowry sisters? Yes, Sister Sister will also hit Netflix on Sept. 1.

For those that have been enjoying Tracey Ellis Ross on black-ish, in her early days she was the lead on a show called Girlfriends. That show will be available Sept. 11. Finally, The Parkers (Monique), Half & Half, and One on One (Kyla Pratt) will all hit Netflix streaming in October.

While this is extremely exciting news, there are some more classic shows with a black lead that are long overdue to hit streaming services. For some, it’s tough due to rights, but in today’s world, it would be absolutely genius for either Netflix or Hulu to pick up one of these seven shows.



There are very few programs that have sustained the entertainment value within the black community more than Martin. A show about big-eared Martin Payne (Martin Lawrence) radio DJ residing in Detroit.

This television series’ main focus centers on Martin’s relationship with Gina Waters (Tisha Campbell). They break and get back together throughout the series, but their battle of ups and downs is relatable for any viewing audience.

Throughout the series, you’ll notice that Lawrence plays a variety of different characters. Also important were Martin’s relationships with Gina’s best friend, Pamela James (Tichina Arnold), and his two best friends, Cole Brown (Carl Anthony Payne II) and unemployed Tommy Strawn  (Thomas Mikal Ford R.I.P.). This show will fill you with sadness, happiness, and most importantly laughter. Essentially, Martin is monumental in African-American culture and hip-hop culture.

Since there is already Bad Boys I & Bad Boys II  streaming on Netflix, it would be perfect for Netflix to add this classic sitcom to the catalog.