Girlfriends Netflix release date: How many episodes are in Girlfriends?

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Over a decade since it last aired on TV, Girlfriends has found a new home on Netflix. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the iconic noughties sitcom.

How many episodes are in Girlfriends?

In July 2020, Netflix announced Girlfriends would be coming to Netflix US, alongside 90s sitcoms Sister, Sister and Moesha.

Thankfully, Netflix UK has followed in their footsteps and all three sitcoms are making their way to the global streaming platform.

Fans of Girlfriends will be delighted to hear all eight seasons of Girlfriends will air on Friday, November 13 on Netflix UK.

This means all 172 episodes will be available for fans to stream and download in one go at their leisure.

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To watch Girlfriends, you can subscribe to Netflix from £5.99 per month.

Netflix also has a download option which means you can watch episodes of Girlfriends on the go via the Netflix app.

Netflix announced the show’s arrival in a tweet on Thursday, November 5.

The global streaming giant also confirmed Sister, Sister and Moesha will also be landing on the platform in November.

The official Netflix UK Twitter account posted: “Some news we’re very happy to bring you – the following classic shows will soon be available on @NetflixUK.
Sister, Sister – 6 Nov (tomorrow!)
Girlfriends – 13 Nov
Moesha – 20 Nov.”

Fans began tweeting their excitement about the arrival of Girlfriends on Netflix.

One fan tweeted: “Wait…what!!!!! Aaaahhhhh I love Sister, Sister! And Girlfriends!!! I used to feel so grown up watching girlfriends. had a rosy outlook on adulthood…little did I freaking know…”

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A second fan said: “OMG YES!!!!!! Can we plan a watch party?!?.”

A third fan commented: “Thank you for letting me know about this. This is honestly the best news ever.”

Girlfriends followed the lives of four friends Joan, Maya, Lynn, and Toni as they navigate their way through their twenties.

The series featured a star-studded cast, including Golden Globe Winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross and I Am the Night’s Golden Brooks.

Sleepy Hollow’s Jill Marie Jones starred as Toni in Girlfriend and Persia White played the role of Bonnie’s mother in The Vampire Diaries.

Also in the cast was Lethal Weapon’s Keesha Sharp as Monica and Reggie Hayes as William.

There were also several guest appearances in Girlfriends, including The Wire’s Wendell Pierce, Merlin’s Adrian Lester and Grey’s Anatomy star Loretta Devine

Why was Girlfriends cancelled?

Girlfriends aired on UPN for six seasons, before moving to The CW for seasons seven and eight.

Sadly, Girlfriends was cancelled in 2008 despite it being the longest-running live-action sitcom on network television at the time.

The CW decided not to produce any more episodes due to the show being too expensive to film.

A spokesperson for The CW in a statement said at the time: “This was a very difficult decision for us, and was based solely on the considerable cost to license each episode in an extremely unusual business environment.”

Girlfriends creator, Mara Brock Akil told TV Series Finale despite the show not having a planned final episode, the series still told the stories she wanted to share.

She said: “Although it’s always difficult to say goodbye, I choose to focus my energy on the history that Girlfriends has made, the human stories that we told, the beautifully complex images that we projected and the blessings 172 episodes bestowed on us, both personally and professionally.

“I am immensely thankful to the amazingly talented cast, writers, directors, staff and crew for their endless dedication and hard work for eight seasons, to the network that always wanted us and the studio that always supported us, but mostly to the audience, especially African-American women, who took the time to tune into us every Monday night at nine to have a dialogue with us and who have been our partner in this journey.”

Girlfriends premieres on Netflix on Friday, November 13

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