BOOK DATA Alfred L. Martin Jr., The Generic Closet: Black Gayness and the Black-Cast Sitcom. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2021. $70.16 cloth, $23.99 paper, $14.74 e-book. 242 pages.

Black-cast sitcoms are back. During July 2020, streaming giant Netflix put programs like Moesha (UPN, 1996–2001), Sister, Sister (ABC, 1994–95; The WB, 1995–99), Half & Half (UPN, 2002–6), Girlfriends (UPN, 2000–6; The CW, 2006–8), The Game (The CW, 2006–9; BET, 2006–15), and more on the roster. In a similar but different vein, HBO Max premiered a reunion special of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (NBC, 1990–96) on November 19, 2020. Both lucrative programming moves capitalized on black nostalgia for the beloved situation comedies of the 1990s and early 2000s in the midst of global Black Lives Matter protests and calls for Hollywood to commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These series, some of which might not have aged well, still provide...

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