By Mwabi Kaira


Despite having so many choices of shows with people of color to watch on TV or streaming services these days, the internet exploded last week when there were hints about a Martin reboot coming back. It started with Martin’s fiance, Roberta Moradfar posting, “Got word from my fiancé that my favorite show may be coming back…” Martin responded with an eye emoji and the story took off. That was followed up by co-stars Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Tichina Arnold being photographed after a lunch date. They were mum when asked about a reboot but Tisha was wearing an outfit with one of the show’s famous lines: “That Ain’t No Damn Puppy.”

Reaction has been mixed from twitter users being ecstatic and coming up with story lines to others being 100% against it and asking that such a classic show be left alone. 

Twitter user @JessicaSaxena thinks that the reboot should begin at Tommy’s funeral with everyone reconnecting and realizing that life is too short not to be with their friends. Actor Tommy Ford passed away in 2016 so this would be a great way to honor him. Others just can’t imagine how a show that ended in 1997 can come back and be current in 2018 and still make us laugh like it did. Lets face it, seeing 20-something Martin, Gina and Pam being very physical in their comedy will not be the same as seeing late-40’s and early 50’s Martin, Gina and Pam being physical in their comedy.

Tia & Tamera Mowry 

There has been a surge of reboots lately. Will & Grace made a come back last March after being off the air since 2006 and picked up with the show’s four stars in their present lives. Fuller House returned to Netflix in 2016 and has been picked up for a 4th season already. Roseanne is set to return in March after being off the air since 1997. Black sitcoms need to grab a piece of this pie too and actors are taking to their social media accounts asking fans if they’d like to see them back on their screens. Jackée Harry, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera-Mowry Housley have all expressed wanting a Sister, Sister reboot and are just looking for a home for it. Flex Alexander recently asked fans if they’d want to see a One on One reboot on an instagram post. Nicole Ari Parker and Malinda Williams did the same and asked fans if they were ready to see Soul Food come back.

Soul Food Cast

I’m here for melanin nostalgia and would love to see an explosion of shows I loved back on my screen especially with so many ways to watch them now. I would love The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air come back as a cartoon. I’d love to see Maxine and Kyle raising their Black Lives Matter kids and Regine and her rich husband being as bougie as ever in a Living Single reboot. I’d love to see Toni Childs and Todd’s baby all grown up and see if Lynn is still in school in a Girlfriends reboot. The list goes on and on but because of social media, we live in fickle times. Fans love you one minute and black twitter trashes you the next and there goes the pendulum shift in real time. If these reboots come, writers have to come so correct and leave zero room for error. They can’t drastically change storylines we loved and give us new characters that we can’t connect to. Sure, Martin could have become a Preacher like someone we know in our real lives but we don’t want to see him as that; we have to be presented with the loud, short man who had jokes for days and read Pam on the daily. We have to feel like we have been dropped back into our favorite characters lives just as we knew them but as their 2018 best versions.

Are you keeping your fingers crossed for a Martin reboot? What other shows do you want to see come back?

Mwabi Kaira is an African girl navigating her way in an American world.  She is of Zambian and Malawian heritage and moved to the USA in 1993.  Writing has been her passion since she could put a sentence together on the page. Mothering her sons is her pride and joy.  She has been an avid runner since 2013 and has run 10 half marathons and a full marathon.  Keep up with her at http://africanbeautifulme.blogspot.com/

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