One on One
is an American Black Sitcom
that aired on UPN
from 2001 to 2006. The show follows the lives of Flex Washington (Flex Alexander) and his teenage daughter Breanna Barnes (Kyla Pratt
). The series begins with Breanna wanting to stay with her father, Flex, whom Breanna used to see only two weeks a year. When he blew out his knee during an NBA game, Flex had his communications degree to fall back on and became a sportscaster.note
Flex works for the fictional WYNX-TV in Baltimore
, resides in the ultimate bachelor pad, and lives the life of luxury. He is a ladies' man who wants to be both a responsible parent and a best friend to Breanna. Flex is very protective of his daughter, especially with boys. He has only had a couple of serious relationships, one of which was Breanna's mother Nicole Barnes (Tichina Arnold), whom he impregnated at the age of 18. When Nicole takes a job in Nova Scotia, Nicole allows Breanna to live with Flex.
Flex's best friend and Breanna's godfather, Duane Odell Knox (Kelly Perine), is a used car salesman and a constant presence in their lives for better or worse. Breanna's best friend is Spirit Jones (Sicily Sewell) with whom she creates some mischief. Her other best friend, Arnaz Ballard (Robert Ri'chard), is the object of her on-again, off-again affection.
The show underwent a notable Retool
in the fifth season, with Flex reduced to a recurring character with the show instead focusing on Breanna and Arnaz after they moved to Los Angeles
- Amicably Divorced: Flex and Breanna's mother, Nicole, for the most part.
- Artifact Title: The title is a reference of Flex and Breanna's new father-daughter relationship. By the end of Season 5, Flex is written out entirely.
- Beta Couple: Duane and Candy.
- The Casanova: Flex.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Flex stops appearing midway through Season 5, as does Breanna and Arnaz's landlord Manny. Spirit and Duane disappeared as well.
- Expy: D-Mack is this of D-Money, a character from another UPN show, Moesha, that was also played by Ray J. They are both wannabe gangsters and troublemakers with families that are actually well off and an older sister played by Brandy.
- Five-Token Band: Season 5 invoked this intentionally to appeal to wider demographics. It didn't work.
- Genre Shift: From a sitcom about a playboy and his teenage daughter to a slice of life comedy in Season 5.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Flex and Duane.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Flex and Breanna.
- Lady Killer In Love: Flex a couple of times, particularly with Natalie and later Danielle.
- Left Hanging: The show ends with Breanna and D-Mack in bed together.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Breanna.
- Love Dodecahedron: Arnaz liked Breanna but she only liked him as a friend, then he started dating Ginger. After a while, Breanna starts dating Josh. Arnaz breaks it off with Ginger, then starts having feelings for Breanna again, so Breanna is forced to choose and chooses Arnaz. But then Ginger teams up with Josh to break them up by claming to have slept with Arnaz, while Josh appears shirtless in Breanna's apartment as an Operation Jealousy ploy. Then Breanna decides that she and Arnaz are Better as Friends so they don't end up like Breanna's parents, but then they get back together later. Then Breanna is jealous of the attractive new singer in Arnaz's band. Then when they get to Los Angeles, they break up mid-season and start dating other people, only for Breanna's new boyfriend to break up with her when he realizes she's still in love with Arnaz. Breanna ends up sleeping with D-Mack. And then the series ends.
- Morality Pet: Breanna becomes this to Flex as she really forces him to evaluate how he treats women, especially as she becomes a woman herself.
- Mr. Fanservice: Flex, paticularly in the early seasons. Arnaz would become this in the later seasons.
- Ms. Fanservice: Breanna, especially in the later seasons. Flex's many girlfriends as well.
- Overprotective Dad: Flex can be this at times as he worries Breanna will end up becoming pregnant at a young age like her mother did. It's later revealed that much of his over protectiveness is out of fear that Breanna will allow men to treat her the same way that he treats women.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: The Season 3 episode "Splitting Hairs" reduced Flex to a bookending cameo and left out all the others to focus on his brother Kevin and the barbershop he ran, and Tiffany, the daughter of the owner of the shop who wanted it to become a hair salon. In the end, they teamed up and called it "Pharenity" - a mashup of "Phatheadz" (the name of the barbershop) and "Serenity" (the name of Tiffany's prospective hair salon). Unlike most examples, this actually became a series (Cuts).
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Flex's relationship with Natalie ends after his proposal had to put on hold after it was discovered that he & Nicole were never divorced & they couldn't get a divorce for another year as they'd slept together the previous Thanksgiving. This storyline was abandonned half a season later after Tichina Arnold (Nicole) became pregnant in real life, with the pregnancy being written into the show allowing them to get a divorce due to extenuating circumstances.
- Retcon: The conflict of Season 4's finale revolves around Breanna wanting to go to college in California, leaving everyone and everything behind. Arnaz stops her at the last possible moment and confesses that he can't live without her, and they decide to live together in Baltimore after all. Season 5 begins with them moving into a flat in Los Angeles, preparing for California college life.
- Re Tool: Season 5.
- Sassy Black Woman: Tanya, Flex's first recurring girlfriend, played by Tamala Jones. In later seasons, both Breanna and Spirit become this.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Averted with Duane and Flex.
- Spin-Off: Cuts.
- Status Quo Is God: No matter what growth Flex has in his relationships, they never last since it would kinda screw up the concept of the series.
- íThree Amigos!: Breanna, Spirit, and Arnaz.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Duane finally gets a permanent girlfriend in Candy during Season 3. Also both Lisa and Benjaman (the snarky owner of the coffee shop that Breanna and friends frequent in Season 5) get together in the Season 5 finale. Lisa had spent most of the season pining after D-Mack who either ignored her or treated her like garbage while Benjamin pined for her.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Duane and Candy.
- Uncle Tom Foolery: Arguably D-Mack.
- Will They or Won't They?: Breanna and Arnaz for the entire series.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: Spirit and Arnaz were childhood friends. Breanna was the stranger of the trio.