With 13 episodes already ordered, Fox delivers a new series that may appeal to uncritical youthful audiences. The setup is formula stuff — four young professional women living under one roof — and there are a couple of laughs, but the material by Yvette Denise Lee needs Tony Singletary’s helpful direction.
Rap’s Queen Latifah plays Khadijah, who’s got three femme roommates and has started a magazine. Her secretary-housemate Synclaire (Kim Cole) has goofed up the job of finding a cover celeb for the new mag, so Khadijah’s getting nervous.
Roommate Regine (Kim Fields), as shallow and appealing as lipstick, pines over her romance with a wealthy, handsome dude who promises her the moon but has a secret.
Fourth roommate Maxine (Erika Alexander), attorney and fervent women’s libber , adds commentary and physical punctuation.
Series is in the frayed tradition of dozens of sitcoms, but the thesping may make some difference. Lee pushes things with standard sitcom characters — though John Kenton’s handyman Overton is a kick — and lightly amusing situations, but the one-liners and reactions are soon tiresome.
Latifah gives a confident, in-charge perf; Alexander plays flamboyant; Coles goes along with the action; and Fields shamelessly steals her scenes. “Living Single” could draw Fox watchers with its vitality alone.