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Half & Half is a sitcom that aired on UPN from 2002-2006. The series focused around Mona (Rachel True) and DeeDee (Essence Atkins), a pair of paternal half-sisters that couldn't be more different that reconnect as adults and navigate through their growing relationship. Also as part of the main cast was Phyllis (Mona's mother played by Telma Hopkins), Deirdre aka Big DeeDee (DeeDee's mother played by Valarie Pettiford), Spencer (Mona's sometimes-Love Interest played by Chico Benymon) and Adam (Mona's Camp Gay assistant played by Alec Mapa).

The series was scheduled to continue on The CW, but unfortunately was left off of the launch schedule. The series ended after 4 seasons.

Shares a universe with Living Single, as Erika Alexander and Terrence C. Carson reprised their roles as Maxine Shaw and Kyle Barker respectively in one episode.


In 2020, the series was added to Netflix.

Not to be confused with the manga.

This series contains the following tropes:

  • But Not Too Black: It's actually inverted and subverted. Darker skinned Mona is the hard worker with a 9-to-5 and hardly ever gets a handout from Charles. Her maternal grandmother is white and Jewish. DeeDee, on the other hand, is light-skinned, spoiled rotten by Charles and Big DeeDee, doesn't take a regular job until Charles finally cuts her off late into the series, and as far as we know, 100% black.
  • Camp Gay: Adam, Mona's assistant.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Mona is the more level-headed responsible sibling, as opposed to DeeDee who was spoiled and shallow.
  • My Beloved Smother: Both Phyllis and Big DeeDee tend to be overbearing to their respective daughters, although Big DeeDee subverts it by being somewhat indifferent to DeeDee's concerns in lieu of her own at times. Phyllis, on the other hand, is constantly in Mona's ear about finding a man and/or giving her some grandkids.
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  • The Cast Show Off: Broadway dancer and choreographer Valerie Pettiford gets to display her skills in several episodes due to Big DeeDee's history and ongoing journey as an actress. Telma Hopkins, who worked with Motown and the group Tony Orlando and Dawn during the 1970s as a prominent background vocalist, also showcases her singing talent as Phyllis in a few episodes, sometimes in a duet with Big DeeDee.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The show's central theme between the two half-sisters.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: You can probably count the number of episodes where this doesn't occur between Phyllis and Big DeeDee (that they're both in) on one hand, in any such episodes exist at all. Mona and DeeDee regularly get into it as well due to The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry.


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