In the early ’90s, Yvette Lee Browser brought us the small screen-iconic classic, Living Single. The show is centered around four 20-something women, their two male friends, and how they navigate careers, friendships, and romantic relationships in New York.
And while Kyle and Overton were pivotal parts of the show, the real magic existed between the nuanced relationships among the starring female characters — Khadijah, Regine, Synclaire, and Maxine. Each of these women were unique and accomplished in their own right, but there was something special about Maxine Shaw that made her a fan favorite, or at least a favorite of mine. Here’s why:
Erika Alexander made Maxine grip our hearts in a special way.
Maxine was a high-powered attorney at a big firm, and eventually, at the District Attorney’s office.
She was a woman of the people.
Maxine always brought the vibes.
Romance was very nuanced for her, but she knew exactly what she wanted.
Maxine had a charming wit about her.
You wanted the truth? Just ask Max.
One thing Maxine would do is enjoy a good meal.
Maxine unapologetically owned her body and her sexuality.
Maxine defined care-free and living for the moment.
Max was a true friend.
She was full of surprises!
While no television character is perfect, and the Season 5 development of Maxine Shaw could have been more pleasant, it does not take away her impact on the culture. She is a television staple and Living Single would not have been the same without Maxine. She deserves all of her flowers!
Do you know anyone like Maxine? Who was your favorite character on Living Single? Let us know in the comments!
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