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Wednesday, September 07, 2016 10:55 AM

8 Things About “Moesha” the TV Show You Didn’t Know

By: Carol Scott

8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Moesha’

Moesha is a quintessential 90s sitcom, with all the lovable, dated things about the decade and an all-star cast including Brandy at her prime as the titular high school protagonist.

Although die-hard fans of the show can tell you a lot about their dedication to the show, even they might not know these eight facts.

1) There Are Four Version of the Theme Song

Most can hum the theme song, but did you know that you may only be singing one version of the theme? Seasons 1, 2, and 3 all had slightly different tunes each season before a theme was finally decided on during Season 4, which is the one used during syndication now. All four are very slightly different in terms of melody.
Even with the same theme song, the opening credits of the last three seasons did change during broadcast to replace outgoing cast members and induct new ones.





2) The Show is Set in Leimert Park, Los Angeles

Leimert Park is a well-known African American majority neighborhood in LA, where it is known as the “black Greenwich Village”. Notable residents have included singers Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the first and to date only black mayor of LA Tom Bradley. It makes sense for the show’s creators to use this vibrant community as the home of Moesha’s middle class family.




3) Ray J Was Credited by His Real Name

While Ray J wouldn’t become a household name for quite some time, he was a series regular during seasons 5 and 6. However, as he had yet to take on his stage name, the “One Wish” singer was instead credited as Willie Norwood Jr.




4) Two of Moesha’s Boyfriends Died in Real Life

In two very tragic occurrences, two of the men who played Moesha’s boyfriends on the show sadly died. Merlin Santana, who played Moesha’s first boyfriend O’Haji, died in 2002 after being shot in the head while driving through LA’s Crenshaw district with a friend; his killer was sentenced to thirty-two years in prison. Lamont Bentley, who portrayed Hakeem Campbell, died in a car accident in 2005.





5) Countess Vaughn and Brandy Didn’t Get Along

Countess Vaughn, who played Kim Parker, Moesha’s boy-crazy friend who has a crush on Hakeem, left the show due to irreconcilable differences with Brandy. However, she continued to play the role on the spin-off series The Parker.




6) Plotlines Were Supposed to Be Wrapped Up on The Parkers

When the series was abruptly cancelled after its sixth season, a number of plotlines were left open, such as Moesha’s brother Myles getting kidnapped, Moesha considering moving in with Hakeem, and, most notoriously, a positive pregnancy test being discovered in her dorm. According to producers, the storylines were to be concluded on The Parkers, but that never occurred, leaving the story unfinished.





7) Moesha’s Mother Quit the Show

Sheryl Lee Ralph was so disappointed with the storyline of the episode “Secets & Lies”, where it is revealed that Ray J’s character Dorian is a child of adultery, that she wanted to step away from the show. This led to her only making sporadic appearances on the show during the final season.






8) Moesha Has Connections to Other Brock Akil Shows

As aforementioned, The Parkers is stated as a spin-off of the Moesha show. In addition, the BET series Girlfriends and The Game are also written by the same writer, Mara Brock Akil, leading to some to believe that they are set in the same universe. However, Brandy joined the cast of The Game in the fifth season, not as Moesha, but as Chardonnay Pitts.




Did you learn something new about Moesha? 


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