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Was Bernie Mac a Spin-off of Moesha?

One of the difficult parts of being an actor is distinctly changing each role you’re in. This can be even harder when you’re as well known as the comedian, Bernie Mac, and play only characters named Bernard and a nickname for Bernard, Bernie. This begs the question, was The Bernie Mac Show a spin-off of Moesha?

Moesha and Bernie Mac Origins

The sitcom Moesha ran from 1996- 2001. Bernie Mac was an actor in the show and played Moesha’s uncle, Bernard Jefferson. Then, after Moesha ended, The Bernie Mac Show ran from 2001- 2006.

Fans soon started speculating if The Bernie Mac Show was a spinoff of Moesha. Bernie Mac’s character Bernard was a young bachelor in Moesha and now he had a family in Bernie Mac. This led people to consider the spin-off theory.

Aunt Wanda in Both Shows

Theories began to grow when fans found out the delivery woman that Bernie Mac had a crush on in Moesha was his wife, Wanda, in The Bernie Mac show. Fans began to speculate that this was Bernie and Wanda’s origin story. Their romantic future never played out in Moesha, but they were married in Bernie Mac.

Kellita Smith played both the delivery woman in Moesha and Wanda in The Bernie Mac Show. The theories do line up well. However, this does not necessarily mean that The Bernie Mac Show was a spinoff from Moesha. Sometimes shows exist in the same fictional universe but can’t be called a complete spin-off.

Other Crossover Characters

In Moesha, Shar Jackson plays Moesha’s best friend Niecy. She’s a big part of the show and a reoccurring character. After Moesha ended, Jackson made many guest appearances on shows, including The Bernie Mac Show. However, she starred in the show as a character named Valerie who had no obvious ties to her previous character of Niecy.

Spinoff Verdict

A spinoff show is defined as “a series where one or more of the regular characters were taken from the cast of a previous series.” This explains why The Bernie Mac Show wasn’t a spinoff, but The Parkers was. In The Parkers, Kim was a regular cast member as Moesha’s best friend. When she went to The Parkers, the writers kept her as this same character. This allowed The Parkers to be considered a spinoff show.

However, Bernie Mac’s character in Moesha was a side character and a different character than his character in The Bernie Mac Show.

Fans on Twitter have talked about this story line and even compared how other shows like The Game and The Parkers have guest appearances that stem from Moesha. However, the only confirmed spin off show from Moesha is The Parkers. All of these shows have some occasional overlaps that cue us in that worlds are colliding to make up this fictional universe.

Perhaps the writers cast Kellita Smith as Wanda to hide an “easter egg” in the show for fans to theorize about and discover.

Conclusion

Little clues were left between the two shows to indicate that they lived in the same universe. But no, The Bernie Mac Show was not an official spinoff of Moesha. However, the similarities are impossible to miss.

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  • Ariele is an honor graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a theatre arts BA. She’s a freelance writer who especially loves humor and travel writing. When she’s not writing she’s crafting and thrifting.

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