|Created by||Mara Brock Akil|
|Opening theme||"Girlfriends" performed by Angie Stone|
|Ending theme||"Girlfriends" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||172 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original network|| UPN (2000–06)|
The CW (2006–08)
|Picture format|| 480i (SDTV) (2000–02)|
1080i (HDTV) (2002–08)
|Original release||September 11, 2000 –|
February 11, 2008
|Related shows||The Game|
Girlfriendsis an American sitcom television series that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on February 11, 2008.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Rank||Average viewership|
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||22||September 11, 2000||May 14, 2001||UPN||No. 136||4.0[ citation needed ]|
|2||22||September 10, 2001||May 20, 2002||No. 129||4.2|
|3||25||September 23, 2002||May 19, 2003||No. 133||4.0[ citation needed ]|
|4||24||September 15, 2003||May 24, 2004||No. 128||3.6|
|5||22||September 20, 2004||May 23, 2005||No. 129||3.4|
|6||22||September 19, 2005||May 8, 2006||No. 135||3.4|
|7||22||October 1, 2006||May 7, 2007||The CW||No. 138||2.5|
|8||13||October 1, 2007||February 11, 2008||No. 150||2.1|
The series debuted on UPN on Monday September 11, 2000. After airing for several years on the network at 9/8C on Mondays, The CW moved Girlfriends to Sundays at 8/7C. After this, the ratings plummeted. On October 9, 2006, Girlfriends, along with The CW's other African-American programs, moved back to Mondays. At this point, Girlfriends returned to its original time slot.
While UPN was still airing new episodes of Girlfriends, the network also began airing reruns five days per week. When the show moved to The CW network after UPN merged with The WB network, MyNetwork TV (which was created to take over UPN's former affiliate stations) picked up the rights to air reruns of Girlfriends, although they eventually discontinued running them. WE tv, a network primarily focused on women's programming, later acquired exclusive rights to air the limited-release episodes on Sundays and exercised an option to not allow broadcast television networks re-broadcast rights to these reruns.
The final two episodes recorded before the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike aired back-to-back on Monday, February 11 at 9/8c. However, this was not a 2-part episode. The timeslot was planned to be moved to Sundays due to the writer's strike and the returning of The CW's reality series.On February 13, 2008, it was announced by a representative for The CW that a proper series finale would not be done because it would be too expensive, also confirming the show's cancellation after eight seasons. A retrospective episode was originally planned to be produced and aired on The CW to conclude the eight-year series. However, the characters' storylines would receive no resolutions as the retrospective/series finale did not come to pass. The network offered the actors only half of their usual episodic salary to take part, and the actors collectively turned them down.
|2005||BET Comedy Award||Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Mara Brock Akil, Mark Alton Brown, Veronica Chambers, Tim Edwards, Karin Gist, Dee LaDuke, Regina Y. Hicks, Kevin Marburger, Michele Marburger, Prentice Penny, and Shauna Robinson|
|BET Comedy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Tracee Ellis Ross (nominated)|
|2005||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Reginald C. Hayes|
|2007||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Reginald C. Hayes|
|Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Tracee Ellis Ross|
|2009||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Tracee Ellis Ross|
A 2006 episode of Girlfriends titled "The Game" featured guest star Tia Mowry as Joan's cousin Melanie Barnett, an aspiring medical student, who wants to give up her future to follow her professional athlete boyfriend to San Diego. That episode was the launching pad for The Game , a spin-off series, which was canceled by The CW television network. In April 2010, BET announced that it would pick up the series, which aired new episodes until the August 5, 2015 series finale.When the fourth season of The Game premiered in 2011 it received 7.7 million viewers, which at the time of its airing, made the show the most watched sitcom premiere in cable television history.
|DVD Name||Release Date||No.||Additional Features|
|The First Season||February 27, 2007|
|The Second Season||October 9, 2007|
|The Third Season||February 12, 2008|
|The Fourth Season||July 29, 2008|
|The Fifth Season||October 28, 2008|
|The Sixth Season||February 24, 2009|
|The Seventh Season||October 13, 2009||Mara Brock Akil Comments on: |
|The Eighth and Final Season||January 19, 2010|
|Girlfriends: The Soundtrack|
| Soundtrack album by |
|Released||May 26, 2008|
The series is available to stream on The CW's free digital-only network, CW Seed.The entire series began streaming on Netflix on September 11, 2020 to commemorate the show's 20th anniversary.
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