Three stages of couplehood are the premise: dating, newlywed and marriage. The daters, Bobbi (Tamala Jones) and Reggie (Edafe Blackmon), struggle with levels of commitment, while newlyweds Malena (Holly Robinson Peete) and Mel (James Lesure) struggle with their newfound unity. Married couple — for five years — Sheri (Dedee Pfeiffer) and Dean (D.W. Moffett) struggle unsuccessfully to keep “tips” on matrimony to themselves. But next-door neighbors Malena and Mel constantly get an earful.
Mel’s brother Reggie and g.f. Bobbi also add to the 30-minute mix of men from Mars and women from Venus.
Predictable plot elements don’t get weighed down by stereotypes and stereotypical situations, and the actors and writers can spend the rest of the season creating characters, not caricatures —this is a cute show with a good heart.
Newlywed Lesure’s deft delivery is a highlight, while sitcom vet Peete turns in a polished perf. Rest of cast is also good, and the show’s chemistry is palpable.
Tech credits are pro, and Greg Richman’s art direction does much to convey each couple’s personalities.
Main theme, a funkified version of Yardbirds’ classic “For Your Love,” performed by Chaka Khan and Michael McDonald, also sets an urban, upbeat tone.