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Season 5: Episode 514

Don’t Think This Hasn’t Been Fabulous

In the series finale, Damon makes one final effort to win the love of Teri, who makes a surprising career …

Season 5: Episode 513

Fear Eats The Soul

Damon returns to Chicago to face Teri; Alliance makes Kenny an offer he can’t refuse; Lem collapses and is hospitalized.

Season 5: Episode 512

In The Garden

When Uncle Pete dies, Aunt Ruthie decides to move in with Teri; Bird is forced to tell her sisters and …

Season 5: Episode 511

Take It To The Limit

Bird’s sexual tryst with Malik is revealed to the entire family; Teri is uncomfortable with Charles’ relationship with his ex-wife; …

Season 5: Episode 510

Love Me Or Leave Me

Lem is stunned to find Bird with Malik; Teri and Charles struggle with the demands of her career on their …

Season 5: Episode 509

Successful Failure

The sisters have an explosive argument on Mama Joe’s birthday; as Bird and Lem drift further apart, they each find …

Season 5: Episode 508

Angelitos Negros

Teri agrees to spend the weekend at Charles’ cabin; Bird has an intimate encounter with Malik; Kenny’s brother reveals that …

Season 5: Episode 507

Survival Technique

Bird is kidnapped and Lem has 48 hours to save her – without anyone’s help; Maxine questions Amina’s influence on …

Season 5: Episode 506

A Rock Hard Place

Willie White continues pressuring Lem to hand over the goods on Baron; Teri makes a decision about her relationship with …

Season 5: Episode 505

Decisions And Choices

Brian comes to Teri’s rescue in more ways than one; Chadway Towing becomes the location for an adult movie; Ahmad …

Season 5: Episode 504

We Plan

Teri is surprised and not at all pleased when Damon’s mother arrives to take back her engagement ring; Maxine is …

Season 5: Episode 503

The Son Also Rises

Kenny’s brother visits with a request that reopens old family wounds; Willie White increases the pressure on Lem to roll …

Season 5: Episode 502

Two To Tango

Teri takes control of her obsession with Damon; Bird insults a local politician; Maxine pursues a celebrity educator to help …

Season 5: Episode 501

Pagan Poetry

An FBI agent talks to Lem in an attempt to catch up with Baron. Ahmad is a suspect for a …

Season 4: Episode 410

Falling From Grace

When Estella returns, wanting Mandel back, Teri begins to investigate her rights. Tobias is released from the hospital.

Season 4: Episode 409

Nobody’s Child

The Joseph sisters do their best to help Mandel when his mother leaves him at Maxine’s. When Cameron turns to …

Season 4: Episode 408

Sacrifice Fly

Damon finds himself at the center of a horrible and controversial sport tragedy. Kenny struggles with a damaged friendship, and …

Season 4: Episode 407

Attracting Opposites

Lem clashes with Baron Marks’ son. Meanwhile, Bird takes a surprising step with Eva when Teri catches Eva and Bird …

Season 4: Episode 406

My Brother’s Keeper

Damon gets Teri’s engagement ring which no one likes in the least. Meanwhile, Lionel stays with the Chadways, while Ahmad …

Season 4: Episode 405

Shades of Grey

Kenny takes on a mentally challenged employee at the shop. Meanwhile, Bird’s deepening friendship with Eva raises eyebrows. Also, Ahmad …

Season 4: Episode 404

Truth’s Consequences

A visit from Aunt Ruthie wreaks havoc in the girls’ lives. Meanwhile, Damon seeks help for his drinking problem. Ahmad …

Season 4: Episode 403

The New Math

Benny’s ex-girlfriend threatens to sue him for child support. Meanwhile, Teri tries to help a student. Also, Maxine and Kenny …

Season 4: Episode 402

Life 101

Bird is surprised to learn that she’s pregnant. Meanwhile, Teri has a problem with living up to her reputation as …

Season 4: Episode 401

All Together Alone

Damon is arrested on drunken driving charges, and Teri tries to convince him to get help. Meanwhile, Lem discovers that …

Season 3: Episode 310

Emotional Collateral

Maxine works a little too closely with a troubled client at the shelter. Damon merges with a shady big deal …

Season 3: Episode 309

Big Dreams In Small Places

Bird wants to renovate Mama Joe’s house but her plans don’t sit too well with Teri and Maxine. Meanwhile, Ahmad …

Season 3: Episode 308

Let’s Do It Again

After seeing a marriage counselor, Kenny asks Maxine to renew their wedding vows. Bird makes presumptions about her new neighbors. …

Season 3: Episode 307

Child Safety

Ahmad witnesses a drug-related shooting, and the family fears for his life. Lem turns to Baron Marks to help protect …

Season 3: Episode 306

Stranger Than Fiction

Maxine asks Kenny to move back home. Bird shines in her makeover segment on “Chicago Update.” Teri struggles with loyalty …

Season 3: Episode 305

Empty Spaces

Kenny and Lem lock horns over a new business venture. Teri and Damon have problems defining their relationship. Ahmad is …

Season 3: Episode 304

Out With The Old

An old friend of Lem’s wants to go legit and asks Lem to help him do it. Bird enters the …

Season 3: Episode 303

Past Imperfect

Bird comes to terms with a secret past relationship she once had with her former high school teacher when he …

Season 3: Episode 302

Ultimate Power

An intruder in the Chadway home frightens Maxine into considering getting a gun which doesn’t sit well with Kenny. A …

Season 3: Episode 301

Tonight At Noon

Teri returns to her old law firm after being offered a position as managing partner by Katherine Burke, the head …

Season 2: Episode 220

This Must Be Love

Teri’s difficulties at work lead to her being fired. Kenny’s employees agitate for overtime pay. Ahmad sees a stripper.

Season 2: Episode 219

In Transition

Lem is drawn into a messy situation with his mother and her creepy ex-boyfriend. Teri searches for a decent therapist. …

Season 2: Episode 218

Lovers And Other Strangers

Teri’s panic attacks get worse. Kenny gets a city contract and a loan to expand his business. Lem and Bird …

Season 2: Episode 217


On their 13th wedding anniversary, Maxine discovers Kenny had an affair. Damon refuses to marry Christine despite her pregnancy and …

Season 2: Episode 216

A Taste Of Justice

Released from jail, but still under suspicion for burning down the store, Lem goes to his old friend, a drug …

Season 2: Episode 215

From Dreams To Nightmares

In her zeal to clear Lem of the arson charges, Teri makes matters worse. Damon starts handling a sports star …

Season 2: Episode 214

If You Don’t Know Me By Now

Lem is arrested and charged with arson when the grocery store burns down on his last night as manager.

Season 2: Episode 213

Fly Away Home

Bird and Lem fight over a lucrative job offer that would have Bird traveling for six months. Teri tries to …

Season 2: Episode 212

Running As Fast As I Can

The family puts their support behind Maxine’s campaign for local public office.

Season 2: Episode 211

I’m Afraid of Americans

The neighborhood erupts into violence after police brutalize a Black man and members of the family are divided by the …

Season 2: Episode 210

Never Can Say Goodbye

The family must fight a lawsuit challenging their ownership of the grocery store. Ahmad’s coach is fired for emphasizing athletics …

Season 2: Episode 209

The Root

Lem’s decision to re-channel profits into the store causes family upheaval and disagreement. Ahmad is concerned about Teri’s panic attacks. …

Season 2: Episode 208

Life Lessons

Teri defends a sexual harassment suit against the law firm that rejected her while Ahmad pretends to have math problems …

Season 2: Episode 207

Games People Play

Teri’s budding romance with a high profile lawyer is tested when she finds herself opposing him in a heated court …

Season 2: Episode 206

Come Back For The Comeback

Faith shows up and asks Teri to defend her from the IRS while Kenny becomes dependent on painkillers. Damon loses …

Season 2: Episode 205

Sex And Money

Damon has an affair with Christine while Ahmad is caught selling pornographic tapes to schoolmates in order to make money …

Season 2: Episode 204

God Bless The Child

Lem’s mother shows up and starts making his life miserable while Teri begins to have panic attacks.

Season 2: Episode 203

Who Do You Know

Teri gets a surprise visit from her first husband while Ahmad battles with a school partner to complete a homework …

Season 2: Episode 202

Welcome Home

Kenny comes home and makes the family angry with unreasonable demands while Teri temporarily ends her relationship with Damon.

Season 2: Episode 201

The Aftermath

After trying to juggle her job and family, Teri quits the firm to help out more at home.

Season 1: Episode 120

Take Me To The Water

Teri decides to speak directly with the law firm partners about a promotion or leaving the firm. Ahmad struggles with …

Season 1: Episode 119

Clean And Present Stranger

Kenny’s father arrives and their past differences surface. An ex-convict friend of Lem’s arrives and takes advantage of his compassion …

Season 1: Episode 118

Everything Is Unfolding Perfectly

Maxine confronts her Alderwoman about a neighborhood problem and realizes the importance of getting involved in important community issues. Ahmad …

Season 1: Episode 117

Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Lose

Having been passed over for partnership, Teri is determined to prevail in the airline lawsuit. Kenny finds himself attracted to …

Season 1: Episode 116

This Crazy Life

One of Bird’s customers holds her husband hostage at the salon along with Bird and Lem. After disobeying Maxine, Ahmad …

Season 1: Episode 115

Little Girl Blue

Teri catches the eye of one of Greene Norris’ most important clients, just as the firm decides whether she should …

Season 1: Episode 114

Nice Work If You Can Get It

After Hardy Lester has a heart attack, Lem agrees to manage the grocery store on his behalf. Separated from Lem, …

Season 1: Episode 113

Ordinary Pain

Teri, Maxine and Bird are shocked to discover that they have a half-sister (Tyra Banks), and that she wants to …

Season 1: Episode 112

The Language Of Life

Bird discovers that Lem has been lying about his employment status. Damon is offered a job as a German language …

Season 1: Episode 111

Man Trouble

Maxine gets the wrong idea when she finds a seemingly used condom in Ahmad’s pocket. Teri’s friendship with her colleague …

Season 1: Episode 110

Samurai Secrets

Jack becomes a huge problem for Lem. Maxine realizes that Kenny and Teri attended a concert together in high school …

Season 1: Episode 109

Anything You Can Do

Maxine mortgages her one-third ownership in Big Mama’s house to invest in an IPO; Lem uses some of his ill-gotten …

Season 1: Episode 108

Bad Luck

Maxine and Teri clash over the preparations for Ahmad’s 12th birthday party. Arrested while trying to purchase a bootleg video …

Season 1: Episode 107

Truth Be Told

Damon finally meets the rest of the Joseph family. Hardy Lester tries to avoid the court order awarding 50% ownership …

Season 1: Episode 106


Lem helps Kenny face some aggressive competition for his tow truck business and Teri meets Damon’s family. Meanwhile, Maxine makes …

Season 1: Episode 105

The Watermelon Theory

Teri defends a corporate racist and Ahmad is shocked to discover his father is not the master of his domain.

Season 1: Episode 104

What Women Want

Lem gets more deeply involved in the criminal life courtesy of Jack. Bird returns to the beauty salon to realize …

Season 1: Episode 103

The Heart Of The Matter

Maxine and her sisters continue to pursue the lawsuit for their father’s share of profits from an old business deal. …

Season 1: Episode 102

The More Things Stay the Same

The girls take their father’s business partner, Hardy Lester, to court. Lem takes dangerous measures to address his money problems …

Season 1: Episode 101

The More Things Change

The Joseph family tries to stay together as a family unit despite many problems.