Last Thursday, as I was flipping through the channels, I noticed a few things missing and a few things that were prevalent. Back in the day, Thursday nights were when my family would prop ourselves in front of the television and watch The Cosby Show and A Different World. We were going to make sure that nothing interrupted our Thursday nights, and we stuck to that routine for years.
But last week I would have been hard-pressed to find anything remotely similar to those shows. Nowadays, black family sitcoms have been replaced with a plethora of reality shows, most of which are not family friendly. Gone are the days of the Jeffersons, Roger and Rerun, the Evans family and, of course, the Huxtables, who then spawned the students of Hillman College.
In honor of #TBT, we’re taking a walk down black-sitcom memory lane and highlighting a few of our old-school favorites.
Good Times: “The Big Move”
One of the saddest moments in black-sitcom history was when Florida Evans and her family found out James died while at work. The episode included Florida’s infamous “Damn, damn, damn.” I still get a wet eye looking at the episode.
What’s Happening: “Doobie or Not Doobie”
Bootlegging has come a long way since Rerun tried to stuff a cassette recorder in his coat just to capture the essence that was the Doobie Brothers. But of course he got a little too excited during the actual concert, and his cover was blown.
The Cosby Show: “Happy Anniversary”