TV's Black Couples to Watch: Fall 2009

TV's Hot Couples This Fall
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 24, 2009

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We can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Heathcliffe and Clair Huxtable won us over on “The Cosby Show.” The duo remains the prototype of Black love, and we’ve rounded up other couples on the small screen that are keeping us tuned in this fall.

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Eddie Sutton (Russell Hornsby) is our kind of man on “Lincoln Heights.” It hasn’t been easy since he moved his wife Jen (Nicki Micheaux) and their children to the rough neighborhood he grew up in, but the couple is a strong team.

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On Tyler Perry’s TBS series “Meet the Browns,” Brown’s nephew Will (Lamman Rucker) married his coworker Sasha (Denise Boutte’). The two have to find time to enjoy each other alone, as they take care of foster kids and help Brown with the house for seniors.

“He’s really down to earth, has a great sense of humor and is very giving and supportive in his relationships,” Rucker said of his character.

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On the much anticipated “Family Guy” spin-off “The Cleveland Show,” we see Cleveland Brown return home and reunite with his high school sweetheart Donna Tubbs, voiced by Sanaa Lathan. We’re itching to see this cartoon with a Black family and counting on Lathan and Regan Gomez-Preston to keep the creators in line.

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We heart Jill Scott’s detective Mma Ramotswe on HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” based on the novels. After selling her father’s cows to start her own detective agency, one of her first cases involves her husband’s cheating. The experience doesn’t sour her on love as she leaves the relationship and finds happiness with JLB Matekoni.

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After continuous overtures, young physician Christopher Turk (Donald Faison) finally won over head nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes) on “Scrubs.” The funny couple have tied the knot and are growing their family, as the show celebrates nine seasons.

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We hope customer sales representative Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) learned her lesson on “The Office,” after giving her boyfriend, the company’s warehouse formean, Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson), an ultimatum of her or his daughter. We’re glad he made the right decision of his daughter, but still holding on to hope for a reconciliation.

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Curtis “Pops” Payne (LaVan Davis) and his wife, Ella (Cassi Davis), keep us laughing on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” The comic duo keep the spark alive in their marriage, even as their son, their nephew and his two kids keep them on their toes.

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On Sherri Shepherd’s new sitcom “Sherri,” she uses her own life story for inspiration. Malcolm Jamal Warner stars as her ex-husband who she caught cheating. Though the two aren’t romantically involved on the show, plenty of women can relate to having to deal with an ex for the sake of children. And after slimming down, Sherri is hoping there will be a flashback on the show of happier times of the two.

“I told the writers I am ready for a sex scene!” she told

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Yes, there is sex and romance after 50! And we are excited to meet the Trainors (CCH Pounder and Carl Weathers) on Michael Strahan’s new show “Brothers.” The couple have to adjust to a new mouth to feed after their son Michael, a former NFL star, returns home broke.

By Charreah Jackson