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Girlfriends – The First Season


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



A show like Girlfriends would have seemed unthinkable as far back as the early 1990s, but an overload of too many channels has opened the occasional opportunity for something interesting and different.  Though a moderate hit for many seasons, this debut season (2000 – 2001) about four beautiful young ladies of color become friends and deal with the wacky world that has as many race issues as it has sexual ones.


Tracee Ellis Ross is Joan, a lawyer on the rise who wants more in her personal life, Golden Brooks is her witty assistant Maya, Persia White is Maya’s free-spirited roommate Lynn and Jill Marie Jones is man and money crazy Toni.  Kelsey Grammer was smart enough to co-produce this show and although the teleplays are weak and often too pedestrian, some interesting situations do surface and the ladies have enough chemistry and talent to overcome those limits.  Maybe the show gets better in later seasons, but The First Season is above average at best as it winds through its 22 half-hours.


The 1.33 X 1 image is softer than you might think for a recent show, with color range limits, digititis for what looks like a filmed production and detail issues that make no sense.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is supposed to feature Pro Logic surround, but they are very weak and pull other sounds too much towards the center speaker, making the transfers seem a generation or two down.  There are no extras and some of the music from the original broadcasts has been dropped for this DVD version.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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