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"Belle's" review by Suzanne
Airs on TV One Fridays 10/9c

I had never heard of this show (or its network) until I read about it on some website that was talking about upcoming TV shows. It's got a great cast, and the writing sometimes reminds me of the Cosby Show. That's probably because it's created by Ed Weinberger, who created the Cosby Show, Amen, and Taxi, as well as wrote many sitcoms such as Mary Tyler Moore.

Two actors that you will definitely recognize are stars Elise Neal and Keith David.  The actors do a fine job, but the writing is very uneven. Some of it is truly awful. One episode I saw online has Jill (Neal) dating this "perfect" guy.... until he finds out that he's an atheist. Her family treats him like he just said he was a Nazi. Worse, the guy is a liar and a cheat. It was a horrible episode full of stereotypes.

On the other hand, I've seen much worse shows on cable. The characters seem very real and 3-dimensional, for the most part (not so much Jill's daughter, who is just sitcom-cute). They need to work on their jokes a bit and not lean so much on stereotypes and bad story ideas.

I didn't know that TV One was a new show for African-Americans. I have DISH and we don't have this channel. Sounds like it has a lot of great old sitcoms. Their slogan is "Where Black Life Unfolds". It's about time another channel came along to give BET some competition!

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