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Living Single

Living Single

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.

Episode Info

Final: 5x13 -- Let's Stay Together (Jan/01/1998)

Overton invites Kyle to an impromptu New Year's Eve party after Max makes a stunning discovery about her sperm donor. Synclaire considers a career move.
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
As Khadijah James
Kim ColesKim Coles
As Synclaire James Jones
Erika AlexanderErika Alexander
As Maxine Felice "Max" Shaw
Kim FieldsKim Fields
As Regine Hunter
John HentonJohn Henton
As Overton Wakefield Jones
T.C. CarsonT.C. Carson
As Kyle Barker (episodes 1 - 107)
Mel JacksonMel Jackson
As Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams III (S05)


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2x9: Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder recap: Kyle and Overton enter the hallway carrying apples, followed by Synclaire. Kyle complains about having to wake up at 4 AM and drive out to the country to pick apples they could have bought at the store. Synclaire and Overton say that they had fun (while calling each other pet names based on types of apples) and kiss. Max enters with some apples and sighs, "They're at it again." Max and Kyle note all of the times Overton and Synclaire made out on the trip. Khadijah wedges herself between the pair and grumbles that they kissed in the back seat with her in between them. Synclaire thought she was sleeping, but Khadijah says she was praying for one of them to chip a tooth... read more.

2x8: Trick or Trust recap: Synclaire carves a pumpkin in the kitchen and gushes about how much she loves Halloween. Overton expresses his agreement and gives her a kiss. Max is not thrilled about a holiday that she feels involves "a bunch of idiots" going door to door asking for handouts. Regine thinks this describes Max's daily life. Kyle enters and asks for coffee. Max insults him, so he suggests she go as a lady for Halloween. Overton announces that the dumbwaiter is working. He notes a shortage in the wiring and sticks his head in to look more closely. He pretends that his head has been chopped off and starts stumbling around. Synclaire screams until Overton reveals that it was a joke. Kyle laughs. Max is not impressed, but Regine gasps that she swallowed her gum... read more.

2x7: Am I My Sister's Keeper? recap: Regine is watching a talk show, whose topic is “Meat Equals Death.” This causes her to stop what she was eating. The host reports that when the average meat eater dies, his or her body contains 10 pounds of undigested meat. Regine shoves her sandwich aside. The host claims vegetarians live longer “and better-looking” lives. He is joined by a vegetarian woman who celebrated her 75th birthday by running a marathon. Regine is impressed, especially after learning the woman is engaged to a 25-year-old. Khadijah and Synclaire come downstairs. Regine tells them that she will no longer eat meat. She reports what the talk show said about undigested meat, but Khadijah doesn’t care. She and Synclaire are headed to the Beef Barn for burgers. As they leave, Regine declares that she won’t kill herself slowly with “artery-clogging poisons.” She does, however, request curly fries... read more.

2x6: School Daze recap: Max stretches vigorously in the girls' living room. She encourages Khadijah to put everything aside and go for a run. Khadijah says that she can't, as she has too many bills to handle. Max is relieved because she hates running. She sits down with some chips. Kyle knocks and enters. He brings Khadijah some mail that was in his box. Khadijah is upset to receive another 30-day notice. Max says it means she has 29 more days of free electricity. Kyle remarks that he thought Khadijah paid her bills on time, but she says money is tight. She asks Kyle to help her straighten out her finances. He declines because he doesn't work for friends. Khadijah reminds him of all the times she has fed him dinner. He agrees, but warns that he will force her to live on a strict budget. He suggests she cut out unnecessary expenses--such as feeding Max... read more.

2x5: Bristle While You Work recap: Max looks through the paper, and disgustedly tells Synclaire that there aren’t any dead lawyers in the obituaries. Synclaire warns that Khadijah is in a bad mood because they are going over Flavor’s monthly bills. Khadijah enters in a robe with curlers in her hair. She wants to declare Flavor a non-profit organization, even if everyone has to dress like nuns. Max wants to look over the bills for her, so Khadijah asks if the batteries in the Gameboy are dead. Regine comes downstairs and brags about a commission check, courtesy of a visit to the boutique by Lisa Marie Presley. She plans to use the money for a shopping spree. Max wants to come along in case Regine trips over some merchandise and has to sue someone. Regine replies that she is going to a sale at Bloomingdale’s, so her feet won’t even touch the ground. Max complains that she has nothing to do. Kyle enters and asks for her help going over legal terms on the insurance forms for some art he is buying. Max begins filing her nails and claims she is too busy to help... read more.
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