The comedy series Brown Girls, written by Fatimah Asgah and directed by Sam Bailey is the must-see show for anyone interested in the single, millennial experience told through humorous yet emotionally relatable everyday events. Set in Chicago, the series protagonists Layla and Patricia are the epitome of BFFs. With Layla – the shy South-Asian girl, exploring her queer identity, and dreams of writing, and Patricia – the prideful, Black singer, recently out of a relationship, together they truly compliment one another. Each inspires within the other confidence and independence despite uneasy, comedic happenings in their romantic endeavors and family drama. The series takes off with a short, five-minute episode focused on Layla’s dating complications and family issues. Found in an uncomfortable conversation with a casual flame, Layla is cornered into the dreadful position of labeling their relationship. Uncommitted and uninterested in being tied down to any one person, we watch as this real-life awkward moment unfolds.
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To compound her issues even further, Layla is later invited by her Muslim family to join them at their mosque. Not only does her queer identity conflict with her religious background, but also the mother-daughter dynamic between the two characters is already bumpy and just waiting to boil over.
The general focus of the series spotlights family life, sexuality, female friendship, and how all these can conjure up some hilarious emotions. Both Layla and Patricia are imperfect, which makes for realistic characters and an unpredictable plotline throughout each episode. They share the same level of annoyance for men and have an unreasonable amount of jealousy, bordering the lines of outright possessiveness.
With such hypocritical traits within the women, this gives the series excitement, tenderness, and a huge pinch of drama. If you’re ever in the mood for a good laugh and some comedic millennial stereotypes then Brown Girls is the series is the series for you.
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