The ’90s are often regarded as the golden era for black girls on television.
For the first time, you could find one on almost every network channel. The best part? They weren't all the same. We had the girl next door and the uppity girl who lives in the mansion you could never afford; the girl who got straight A's and the girl who was boy crazy. They were lawyers, business owners, marketing executives, art dealers, writers, and teachers. They were light- and dark-skinned. They felt like us. It was a decade in representation that we'll never forget, the first and only of its kind for a long time. In fact, television is just starting to get back to that level of black girl magic.
This Black History Month the BuzzFeed staff wanted to reflect on the gorgeous group of black women on TV that made us laugh, cry, and feel seen during that era.
1. Whitley Gilbert from A Different World
2. Moesha from Moesha
3. Maxine Shaw from Living Single
4. Lisa Turtle from Saved by the Bell
5. Suzie Carmichael from Rugrats
6. Tia and Tamera from Sister, Sister
7. Laura Winslow from Family Matters
8. Denise Huxtable from The Cosby Show
9. Hillary Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
10. Angela from Boy Meets World
11. Kim Parker from Moesha and The Parkers
12. Nina from Cousin Skeeter
13. Freddie Brooks from A Different World
14. Yvette Henderson from Smart Guy
15. Pam from Martin
The name from No. 6 should read "Tamera" for Sister, Sister. A previous version had spelled the it as "Tamerra".