Girlfriends, UPN, Mondays, 9:30 p.m. E.T.

Sex and the City may end up inspiring more female foursomes on TV than women's bobsledding. Here, single lawyer Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross, Diana's daughter) plays straight woman to three irritating cliches--a gold digger, a p.c. student and a sassy homegirl. The dialogue has moments ("We subscribe to free love; Joan subscribes to Essence"), but it's a mystery why these four ever became pals. Too bad, because Ross has an appealingly nervous edge. Like unlucky-at-love Joan, she's talented, she's pretty--and she could do much, much better.

--By James Poniewozik


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