Before Shonda Rhimes, there were many others who paved the way in mainstream television programming. Mara Brock Akil is a Hollywood force who created one of the most highly-rated shows on TV among African-Americans in 2000,Girlfriends. 

The comedy that starred Tracee Ellis Ross aired for eight seasons and was one of the longest running sitcoms on network TV at that time. In honor of Throwback Thursday, here’s a look back at all of the shows Akil worked on and created. Pure #BlackGirlMagic indeed.