It was the moment we’ve all been waiting for as VH1 debuted Single Ladies last night. Here’s what we thought.
After all the arguing, gossiping and general thirstiness to get in good with the mean girls (we’re looking at you, Meeka Claxton) of "Basketball Wives," Single Ladies was a nice change of pace.
We’ve been hearing about Single Ladies since last year when Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit announced that it was producing the movie, which rolls into VH1’s weekly lineup as a regular series next week. and BET’s sitcom "Let’s Stay Together."
Flavor Unit also produced "Let’s Stay Together," which premiered to mixed reviews, so some viewers weren’t sure what to expect from Single Ladies. And more than a few were worried about the prospect of getting an amped for a viewing experience that over-promised and under-delivered.
Thankfully, that was not the case with Single Ladies. Good job, Flavor Unit! The movie was more like an extended episode of what’s to come, and we can’t wait until next week to see what happens to Val, Keisha and April as they navigate the dating scene in Atlanta.
Check out the full premiere here!
What we loved:
– The fashion was to die for! Val, Keisha and April all have their own unique style, but we wouldn’t mind stealing a few pieces from all of their closets.
– The writers didn’t completely ignore any notion of the down-low in Atlanta. The way they briefly addressed it was slick and chuckle-worthy.
– There were a couple plot twists that we were not expecting. We won’t spoil anything for you here, but be sure to watch Single Ladies when it airs again tonight at 7 p.m.
– The casting was very diverse and all of the actors fit their roles very well. LisaRaye was very believable as Keisha; Stacey Dash was perfect for Val and Charity Shea did an excellent job bringing April’s bubbly personality to life.
– We can always appreciate a good debate about love and sex (and Prince’s music). With that, Single Ladies launched right into the crux of the matter: How long should you wait to get married?
What they need to work on:
– A couple of Val’s lines were a little unbelievable coming out of her mouth. When she said, "If you like, then put a ring on it," it sounded more like a child throwing a temper tantrum than a woman taking a stand. Stacey and slang do not mix. Point blank, period.
– We were not feeling the way April was treating her hubby at all. And at times it seemed like she was trying a little too hard to be down with the sistas. Just sayin’.
– The setup for Lauren London as Quinn’s new fiancée was uber-obvious. When she kept mentioning her fiancée and his black card, we were counting down to when Val’s ex walked through the door.
– Keisha’s "big problem" didn’t seem like that big of a deal. It should not require a mini-jewelry heist to keep someone from accusing you of being a thief. A lawsuit will do just fine.
– If we hadn’t watched Single Ladies from the beginning, we’d have thought Keisha’s broke boy toy was into dudes.
— Sonya Eskridge