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.
Recaps2x18: The Last Temptation recap
: Regine enters the apartment and tells Khadijah that she has finished putting out boxes to donate to Goodwill. Khadijah applauds her for donating clothes, and Regine shrugs that the less fortunate should be as chic as she was two years earlier. Max enters, and Regine immediately takes note of her coat. She says she found it in a box outside. Regine explains that the coat is supposed to go to charity, but Max refuses to give it up. She says that because it was left outside in an unmarked box, Regine no longer has any claim on it... read more.2x17: Stormy Weather recap
: Overton listens to the radio and dances while fixing some eggs in the girls' kitchen. Khadijah enters, and he serves her some "eggs a la
Overton." The weather forecaster cuts in and says that the worst blizzard in a decade is being predicted for that day, Groundhog Day. Khadijah complains that a groundhog has nothing to do with the weather. Overton shares that his grandma knew how to predict the weather. If she spit and it blew to the left, there would be a storm. Khadijah asks what happened when it blew to the right. "That's just plain old spit," he replies... read more.2x16: Play Ball recap
: Khadijah reads over an article typed by Synclaire about New York Mets star Bobby Bonilla, but finds it confusing. Synclaire explains that her keyboard is broken, making it impossible to type certain letters. Russell comes into Khadijah's office, complaining that he is out of personalized note pads. Khadijah writes his name on a piece of paper and tells him to go copy it. He says that the copy machine is broken. Khadijah gives instructions on how to make it work with a screwdriver. Russell groans that this is very cheap. Khadijah tells the employees that they need to learn to make supplies last longer. She sharpens a very tiny pencil... read more.2x15: Singing the Blues recap
: At the cafe, a man sings the theme from The Love Boat
onstage. Synclaire dances in her chair, while everyone else seems bemused. The man tries to encourage Khadijah to sing with him, but she is not at all receptive. Synclaire, however, joins in on the song. Her friends--particularly Regine--are perplexed. Synclaire tells the man he will win the open mike contest... read more.2x14: There's No Ship Like Kinship recap
: In the living room, Synclaire pesters Khadijah to go ice skating with her. She declines, as she is still bruised from the last time. Regine agrees that Khadijah is bad at skating, leaving her annoyed. They all enter the hallway to find Overton, who yawns when Synclaire tries to kiss him. She notes that he seems exhausted, and he admits that he didn't get any sleep. As long as he was up, he made the ladies new brass mail plates that he has engraved. Regine looks at one and says that it is in Hebrew. Overton retorts that the mailman is Jewish... read more.