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* FourGirlEnsemble
* HappilyAdopted: Lynn

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* FourGirlEnsemble
BlackAndNerdy: William fits this. He loves comic books and other geeky pursuits.
* ButNotTooBlack: Subverted with the main cast, which has a range of skin tones. Dealt with in-universe, with a episode about Toni (who has the darkest skin tone within the group) rejecting a date because she refuses to date dark-skinned black men. Toni’s justification is that she faced a lot of colorism growing up and doesn’t want her future children to be subject to the same hurtful comments that she dealt with. Also dealt with Lynn, who was raised by a white family and only started exploring her blackness when she became an adult. When Lynn gets a record deal, her label flat out tells her they don’t know how to market her indie music because she neither looks nor “sounds” black enough.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the early season, the show included Joan breaking the fourth wall to comment on the action, complete with ImagineSpots.
* FourGirlEnsemble: Joan is the Leader/ TeamMom, Toni is TheChick, Maya is TheLancer, and Lynn is TheDitz.
* HappilyAdopted: LynnLynn, a biracial woman, is adopted by a white family, but feels little angst about it.



* MixedAncestry: Lynn was half-black/half-white.

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* MixedAncestry: Lynn was is half-black/half-white.



** PutOnABusToHell: The circumstance that she leaves certainly makes it come off as this. [[spoiler:Interestingly, an episode discusses that while Joan may not be on good terms with Toni anymore, Maya and Lynn are still Toni's friends and share no such problem. [[WhatTheHellHero They also call Joan out on trying to make it a problem in the first place]].]]
* RunningGag: Toni regularly mispronounced Maya's son Jabari's name.

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** PutOnABusToHell: The circumstance circumstances that she leaves under certainly makes it come off as this. [[spoiler:Interestingly, [[spoiler: Toni, who had always wanted to marry rich and lead a life of leisure, ended up getting embroiled in a nasty divorce and loses primary custody of her daughter so she follows her ex-husband to a new city in order to remain close to her daughter. Interestingly, an episode discusses that while Joan may not be on good terms with Toni anymore, Maya and Lynn are still Toni's friends and share no such problem. problems with her. [[WhatTheHellHero They also call Joan out on trying to make it a problem in badmouth Toni to the first place]].rest of the group and trying to turn them against her after Toni leaves]].]]
* RunningGag: Toni regularly mispronounced mispronounces Maya's son Jabari's name.



* TeamMom: Joan

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Mostly the focus for Joan and Toni’s storylines, although Toni would add “rich” to her wishlist.
* TeamMom: JoanJoan.


Later spun off ''Series/TheGame2006'', and the show also shares a universe with ''Series/Moesha'' and ''Series/TheParkers''.

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Later spun off ''Series/TheGame2006'', and the show also shares a universe with ''Series/Moesha'' ''Series/{{Moesha}}'' and ''Series/TheParkers''.

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Later spun off ''Series/TheGame2006'', and the show also shares a universe with ''Series/Moesha'' and ''Series/TheParkers''.


Not to be confused with the manga ''Manga/GirlFriends''.

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Not to be confused with the film [[Film/{{Girlfriends}} of the same title]] or the manga ''Manga/GirlFriends''.


* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: had one for ''Series/TheGame'' in season 6.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: had one for ''Series/TheGame'' ''Series/TheGame2006'' in season 6.


* FiveManBand
** TheLeader - Joan
** TheLancer - Toni, until season 7, at which point Maya takes over as full time Lancer.
** TheBigGuy - Maya
** TagalongKid - Lynn, early on.
** TheChick - William
** SixthRanger - Monica

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* FiveManBand
** TheLeader - Joan
** TheLancer - Toni, until season 7, at which point Maya takes over as full time Lancer.
** TheBigGuy - Maya
** TagalongKid - Lynn, early on.
** TheChick - William
** SixthRanger - Monica


* YourCheatingHeart: Maya, until her husband got wind of it.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Maya, until her husband got wind of it.it.
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* TheOtherDarrin: Darnell, Maya's husband was played by Flex Alexander from ''{{One on One}}'' in the First season then played by Khalil Kain for the rest of the series.
** Kelly and Jason Pitts in the backdoor pilot for ''The Game'' (see below).
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: had one for ''Series/{{The Game}}'' in season 6.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Darnell, Maya's husband was played by Flex Alexander from ''{{One on One}}'' in the First season then played by Khalil Kain for the rest of the series.
** Kelly and Jason Pitts in the backdoor pilot for ''The Game'' (see below).
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: had one for ''Series/{{The Game}}'' ''Series/TheGame'' in season 6.


A show that aired on Creator/{{UPN}} and later Creator/TheCW. One of the longest-running African American sitcoms. For most of its run, it had the same main characters until Jill Marie Jones, the actress that played Toni left after the sixth season when her contract ended. It ran for 8 seasons until it was cancelled in early 2008, partly because of the writer's strike. Executive produced by, of all people, Creator/KelseyGrammer.

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A show that aired on Creator/{{UPN}} and later Creator/TheCW. One of the longest-running sitcoms with a predominantly African American sitcoms.cast. For most of its run, it had the same main characters until Jill Marie Jones, the actress that played Toni left after the sixth season when her contract ended. It ran for 8 seasons until it was cancelled in early 2008, partly because of the writer's strike. Executive produced by, of all people, Creator/KelseyGrammer.

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* FourGirlEnsemble


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* TeamMom: Joan


A show that aired on Creator/{{UPN}} and later Creator/{{The CW}}. One of the longest running sitcom for African-Americans. For most of its run, it had the same main characters until Jill Marie Jones, the actress that played Toni left after the sixth season when her contract ended. It ran for 8 seasons until it was cancelled in early 2008, partly because of the writer's strike. Executive produced by KelseyGrammer.

Not to be confused with the manga {{Girl Friends}}

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A show that aired on Creator/{{UPN}} and later Creator/{{The CW}}. Creator/TheCW. One of the longest running sitcom for African-Americans.longest-running African American sitcoms. For most of its run, it had the same main characters until Jill Marie Jones, the actress that played Toni left after the sixth season when her contract ended. It ran for 8 seasons until it was cancelled in early 2008, partly because of the writer's strike. Executive produced by KelseyGrammer.

by, of all people, Creator/KelseyGrammer.

Not to be confused with the manga {{Girl Friends}}''Manga/GirlFriends''.


* {{The Other Darrin}}: Darnell, Maya's husband was played by Flex Alexander from ''{{One on One}}'' in the First season then played by Khalil Kain for the rest of the series.
* {{Poorly Disguised Pilot}}: had one for ''Series/{{The Game}}'' in season 6.

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* {{The Other Darrin}}: TheOtherDarrin: Darnell, Maya's husband was played by Flex Alexander from ''{{One on One}}'' in the First season then played by Khalil Kain for the rest of the series.
** Kelly and Jason Pitts in the backdoor pilot for ''The Game'' (see below).
* {{Poorly Disguised Pilot}}: PoorlyDisguisedPilot: had one for ''Series/{{The Game}}'' in season 6.


* YourCheatingHeart: Maya

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* YourCheatingHeart: MayaMaya, until her husband got wind of it.


* SassyBlackWoman: All of the Girlfriends to various extents, but more so with Maya and Toni.

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* SassyBlackWoman: All of the Girlfriends to various extents, but more so with Maya and Toni.Toni.
* YourCheatingHeart: Maya

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** PutOnABusToHell: The circumstance that she leaves certainly makes it come off as this. [[spoiler:Interestingly, an episode discusses that while Joan may not be on good terms with Toni anymore, Maya and Lynn are still Toni's friends and share no such problem. [[WhatTheHellHero They also call Joan out on trying to make it a problem in the first place]].]]

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