Girlfriends (2000 TV series)

Last updated
Genre Sitcom
Created by Mara Brock Akil
Opening theme"Girlfriends" performed by Angie Stone
Ending theme"Girlfriends" (instrumental)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes172 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Kevin Marburger
  • Mary Fukuto-Salzman
  • Michele Marburger
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original network UPN (2000–06)
The CW (2006–08)
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2000–02)
1080i (HDTV) (2002–08)
Original releaseSeptember 11, 2000 (2000-09-11) 
February 11, 2008 (2008-02-11)
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.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast airedNetwork
1 22September 11, 2000 (2000-09-11)May 14, 2001 (2001-05-14) UPN No. 1364.0[ citation needed ]
2 22September 10, 2001 (2001-09-10)May 20, 2002 (2002-05-20)No. 1294.2 [1]
3 25September 23, 2002 (2002-09-23)May 19, 2003 (2003-05-19)No. 1334.0[ citation needed ]
4 24September 15, 2003 (2003-09-15)May 24, 2004 (2004-05-24)No. 1283.6 [2]
5 22September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23)No. 1293.4 [3]
6 22September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)May 8, 2006 (2006-05-08)No. 1353.4 [4]
7 22October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)May 7, 2007 (2007-05-07) The CW No. 1382.5 [5]
8 13October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)February 11, 2008 (2008-02-11)No. 1502.1 [6]

Broadcast history

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. [7]

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. [8] 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. [9] 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. [10]




Guest appearances

Awards and nominations

The cast of Girlfriends honoring the show creator with her 2013 Essence "Visionary" award. Left to right: Mara Brock Akil, Persia White, Golden Brooks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones. Mara Brock Akil and Girlfriends cast.jpg
The cast of Girlfriends honoring the show creator with her 2013 Essence "Visionary" award. Left to right: Mara Brock Akil, Persia White, Golden Brooks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones.
2005 BET Comedy Award Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesMara 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 [12]
BET Comedy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesTracee Ellis Ross (nominated) [12]
2005 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Reginald C. Hayes
2007Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesReginald C. Hayes
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross
2009Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesTracee 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. [13] 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. [13]

Home media

DVD NameRelease DateNo.Additional Features
The First SeasonFebruary 27, 2007
  • N/A
The Second SeasonOctober 9, 2007
  • We All Fall Down: A Closer Look at "Trick or Truth?"
  • Creating the Show
  • Getting the Girls Together
  • Episode Guide
The Third SeasonFebruary 12, 2008
  • It's What You Wear That Counts
  • Here Comes the Bride: An Invitation Inside "The Wedding"
The Fourth SeasonJuly 29, 2008
  • N/A
The Fifth SeasonOctober 28, 2008
  • N/A
The Sixth SeasonFebruary 24, 2009
  • Includes the Backdoor pilot of The Game
The Seventh SeasonOctober 13, 2009
Mara Brock Akil Comments on:
  • I Want My Baby Back
  • Hot For Preacher
  • Time To Man Up
  • Willie Or Won't He III: This Time It's Personal
  • What Had Happened Was...
The Eighth and Final SeasonJanuary 19, 2010
  • Bonus Episode from The Game: "Away Game"


Girlfriends: The Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedMay 26, 2008
Genre R&B
Label Koch Records
Producer Larry Robinson

Track listing

  1. Erykah Badu - "Vibrate On" (4:14)
  2. Jill Scott - "Golden" (3:52)
  3. Angie Stone - "Wish I Didn't Miss You" (4:32)
  4. Corinne Bailey Rae - "Put Your Records On" (3:35)
  5. Algebra - "I Know" (3:57)
  6. Amy Winehouse - "Stronger Than Me" (3:42)
  7. Estelle - "All Comes Back to You" (3:22)
  8. Chrisette Michele - "Girl Respect Yourself" (3:44)
  9. Chaka Khan feat. Mary J. Blige - "Disrespectful" (4:46)
  10. India.Arie - "I Am Not My Hair" (3:48)
  11. Dre - "Soulmate" (4:22)
  12. Persia White - "Choices" (2:47)
  13. Lira - "Feel Good" (5:15)


The series is available to stream on The CW's free digital-only network, CW Seed. [14] The entire series began streaming on Netflix on September 11, 2020 to commemorate the show's 20th anniversary. [15]


  1. "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002.
  2. "I.T.R.S. Ranking Report". ABC Television Network. June 2, 2004. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  3. "2004-05 primetime series wrap". The Hollywood Reporter . May 27, 2005. Archived from the original on April 23, 2008.
  4. "2005-06 primetime series wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007.
  5. "2006-07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on January 29, 2010.
  6. "2007-2008 TV season". ABC Medianet. February 10, 2008. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008.
  7. Braxton, Greg (September 30, 2006). "'Girlfriends' feels left out of the clique". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  8. "The CW Network Announces Midseason Schedule". CW Blog. January 7, 2008. Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  9. "Girlfriends: Cancelled, Proper Series Finale Too Expensive". TV Series Finale. February 14, 2008. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved March 29, 2009.
  10. "Girlfriends: Will the CW Series Finale Retrospective Happen?". TV Series Finale. April 30, 2008. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  11. Stated in the episode Willie or Won't He II: The Last Chapter?
  12. 1 2
  13. 1 2 Yahr, Emily (2015-07-28). "'The Game' is over and everybody won: How BET's comedy helped make history". Washington Post. ISSN   0190-8286 . Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  14. "Girlfriends on CW Seed". CW Seed. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  15. "Girlfriends | Netflix". Netflix . Retrieved 2020-09-21.

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