Living Single focuses on the personal and professional lives of six African American friends residing in New York City. Khadijah James (Queen Latifah) is the founder and editor of Flavor Magazine, an independent publication aimed at the young urban audience. She shares an apartment in a Brooklyn brownstone with her sweet-but-eccentric cousin Synclaire (Kim Coles), an aspiring actress who works as a receptionist at Flavor; and longtime friend Regine Hunter (Kim Fields), a materialistic woman with a knack for picking up gossip. The trio constantly receives unannounced visits from Khadijah's college friend Maxine Shaw (Erika Alexander), a strong-willed attorney who seems to have an aversion to purchasing her own groceries. Also occupying their fair share of time in the apartment are neighbor Overton Wakefield Jones (John Henton), a handyman who frequently offers homespun wisdom; and his best friend, Kyle Barker (T.C. Carson), a self-assured stock broker who is involved in a bizarre love-hate relationship with Max.
Following the fourth season, FOX failed to put the series on the fall schedule, but it was promoted from midseason status when the Scott Baio sitcom Rewind failed to impress and was cancelled before the first episode aired. T.C. Carson appeared in only a few episodes during this fifth (and final) season; and Mel Jackson joined the cast as Tripp Williams, an aspiring songwriter who moves in with Regine and Khadijah following Synclaire's marriage to Overton.
Recaps3x4: Grumpy Old Man recap
: Khadijah is cleaning the living room. Regine, who is sitting on the couch, waves a duster in the air. She claims to be catching the dust before it lands. She admits she is only doing this to annoy Khadijah. Synclaire pushes a cart full of plants through the door. She explains that she was buying Kyle a plant for his birthday, and decided to adopt the rest. She states that people live longer around plants, but then admits she is only guessing. She holds up a plant to Regine and Khadijah and asks them to tell the plants about themselves. Regine refuses to take part. Khadijah tells the plant she will take care of it after Synclaire is carted off to Bellevue. She pretends that the plant responds, then says to it, “What are you worried about? I’m the one that’s related to her.” An offended Synclaire stomps off with the plant... read more.3x3: On the Rebound recap
: As the phone rings at Flavor
, Khadijah asks Synclaire to tell Regine she is busy. She explains that Regine is trying to crash her interview with Grant Hill. Synclaire answers the phone, but no one replies. She tells Khadijah that she thinks Regine is holding her breath again. Khadijah tells Regine she can’t go to the interview. She remarks that she doesn’t care if Regine turns blue, as it is a good color for her. A messenger enters, and is impressed to be at Flavor
. He says he has a package for Khadijah. She identifies herself, and the man says he is a big fan of her writing. He adds that she is “too fine.” A bemused Khadijah asks who he is. He introduces himself as Ivan Ennis, a journalism student at NYU and bike messenger. Khadijah signs for the package as Ivan shares that he is sweating profusely. She says she is late for an interview. Ivan offers to go home and get his parents’ car. He realizes that he sounds young. Khadijah touches his shoulder as she heads for the elevator, leaving him mesmerized... read more.3x2: The Ex-File recap
: Khadijah looks out the window and excitedly yells to Synclaire that someone has arrived. Synclaire sets out a cake while Khadijah points the video camera at the door. Regine enters. “Welcome home!” they shout. Regine giggles that she hates it when people make a fuss over her. She then asks them to shoot her from another angle. They reluctantly do this, and she repeats her line. Regine starts to talk about how wonderful it is to be back in a place she knows well, but notices that there is a new couch. She decides she is okay with this, but realizes her rug is also gone. Synclaire explains that it didn’t go with the new couch. Regine then notices that Overton is using a piece of her bedroom drapes as a rag. He says the rest was used by a pregnant alley cat. Regine is aghast that they seemingly eliminated all traces of her existence, and melodramatically asks if they want her back. Khadijah insists that Regine is like family. She and Synclaire hug Regine, who grudgingly accepts this. She asks Overton to take the trunk of her belongings up to her room. She learns that Khadijah took her old room. Regine complains that Khadijah’s old room is a “meat locker.” Synclaire reveals that she has taken that room, leaving Regine in her old room, “the sweat box.” Regine is not pleased... read more.3x1: Come Back Little Diva recap
: On a sweltering day, Synclaire and Max fan themselves as Max complains about going to the Laundromat. Khadijah points out that Synclaire does Max’s laundry and even gives her a choice of dryer sheets. Max asks for a very complicated combination, so Synclaire warns her not to push it. She explains that she helps Max because she loves the Laundromat, which she feels is a “magical microcosm” of society. Just then, a man strips off all his clothes, puts them in a washer, and heads for a chair with a newspaper in front of him... read more.2x27: The Shake-Up recap
: Max looks through a box in the girls' living room. Khadijah asks why she is going through Regine's stuff. Max insists she is making sure Regine doesn't take anything of hers, as she claims to have left a lot of things at the apartment. "Crumbs, maybe," Khadijah retorts. Synclaire comes downstairs, holding what appears to be a cigarette. Khadijah asks about it, and Synclaire says it's a "Cig-a-Don't" for people trying to quit smoking. Max points out that Synclaire doesn't smoke, but she replies that she feels she could start at any time. She sits on the couch, waving away an imaginary cloud of smoke, and tells Khadijah it is her fault. She blames Khadijah for Regine moving out. Khadijah argues that she should blame Regine, as she is the one who decided to leave. Regine comes downstairs and announces that everything is packed upstairs. She asks about the couch, but Khadijah says she bought it. Regine states that she had it reupholstered. Khadijah sarcastically asks if she wants the fabric. Regine wants to make drapes, and tries to take the cover from the cushions. Max, carrying several items from Regine's box, decides to leave because she is tired of the duo's arguing... read more.