The Bottom Line
- Likable in a bland way
- Some potential for amusing developments
- Tired relationship dynamics
- Boring characters
- Weak humor
- Premiere airs January 11, 2011, at 11 p.m. EST on BET
- Stars Nadine Ellis, Bert Belasco, Joyful Drake, RonReaco Lee, Erica Hubbard
- Created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer
Guide Review - 'Let's Stay Together' Premiere Episode
Erica Hubbard, who plays uninhibited single gal Kita, is the closest the show has to an exciting character, and the first episode features a sometimes-amusing subplot in which she becomes an impromptu lounge performer. When Kita goes from bad improvised lounge songs to 1970s-style black-empowerment spoken-word pieces, the show demonstrates brief signs of life beyond the confines of its basic premise. But that’s a fleeting moment amid the standard relationship traumas (one couple fights because the man reused the engagement ring he bought for another woman) and female-bonding exercises. At least the poetry bit is unique and hints at a show that doesn’t just trade black actors for white actors and have them perform essentially the same material.
Because for the most part, at least at the beginning, that’s what Let’s Stay Together is. It’s understandable that BET is being conservative with its first original sitcom, and if Together remains on the air for a while, it could have time to develop its unique side (or at least pave the way for more distinctive shows in the future). For now, it’s an inauspicious start to the new comedy initiative from BET.