Pilot focuses on stepmom-stepdaughter territorial issues and Moesha’s boy problems.
It’s hard to tell what type of direction the series will take from just one seg, but the team behind “Moesha”– Ralph Farquhar (creator of the controversial “South Central”) and the writing team of Sara V. Finney and Vida Spears (“Family Matters”) — promise to bring a mix of social issues and wholesome comedy to future episodes.
Norwood, already having sold 3 million-plus albums, takes on her first starring role (she was a regular on the short-lived “Thea”). She’s a likable kid , and her supporting cast of girlfriends — especially Countess Vaughn as the boy-crazy Kim — are sassy and full of street talk and slang; cast’s chemistry manages to transcend the rather stale storyline.
Fact that series is filmed frees up director Stan Latham’s camera, giving “Moesha” a sophisticated look, although it is filmed mostly in front of a studio audience, which must be restrained from “Wooo!”-ing every time a character utters a line about the attractiveness of the opposite sex.
And the most important aspect of the show: The kids are not smarter than their parents.