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Sherri aired from October until December 2009 on Lifetime.

Sherri centers around Sherri Robinson (Sherri Shepherd), a newly single mom, paralegal and part-time comedian/actress who tries to get back into the dating scene and move on with her life after divorcing her cheating husband. Sherri finds solace and support among her girlfriends at the office while juggling her hectic life.

A Review from Variety

October 2, 2009 1:01AM PT

By Brian Lowry

Sherri” is an odd duck — a sitcom “loosely based” on comic/”The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd’s life before she was successful, back when she was a full-time office worker and part-time stand-up and actress. Mostly, the show functions as an opportunity to allow Shepherd to unleash comedic riffs while the rest of the appreciative cast takes in her act, dispensing advice like, “A man who cheats can never be trusted again. Dump him.” A sitcom with dialogue like that should probably be kept on a short leash, too.

Lifetime will launch the series at 7 p.m. (with “Rita Rocks”) before the programs take up residence at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, creating a lighter alternative to the cable dramas that populate that hour. And indeed, nobody will confuse “Sherri” with “Sons of Anarchy.”

Sherri is introduced with her office pals Celia (Tammy Townsend) and the cheerfully dense Angie (Elizabeth Regen), whose self-esteem issues lead her to sleep with guys — married or otherwise –only if they really like her.

As for Sherri, she’s a single mom with a concerned dad (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s” James Avery), an awkward suitor (“Spin City’s” Michael Boatman) and an ex-husband (“The Cosby Show’s” Malcolm-Jamal Warner) who cheated on her — with a (gasp) white girl.

The awkward part is that Sherri keeps bumping into people familiar with her comedy appearances and telling her how terrific she is. Then again, one suspects that Sherri’s real and fictional versions share a fondness for those particular moments, which explains a lot about the show, beginning with its title.

Shepherd actually had a pretty decent sitcom resume (recurring on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Less Than Perfect”) before “The View” kicked in, but her higher profile notwithstanding, she’s limited as a performer in terms of carrying this sort of vehicle.

Still, the female banter (courtesy of writer Dave Flebotte, recently of “Desperate Housewives”) comes fast and sassy, the situations — infidelity, single motherhood, dating again — play like a compendium of daytime TV staples, the devout Shepherd and her pals actually pray together at work, and she brings built-in name recognition to the party.

So while “Sherri” doesn’t rock any better than “Rita” does, for Lifetime, that’s probably enough.


Lifetime, Mon. Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

Production: Filmed in New York by the Sherri Show. Executive producers, Dave Flebotte, Nina Wass, Gene Stein; co-executive producer, Sherri Shepherd; producer, Werner Walian; director, Andrew D. Weyman; writer, Flebotte.


Cast: Sherri Robinson - Sherri Shepherd Summer Dickie - Kali Rocha Celia Marson - Tammy Townsend Angie Ghilardi - Elizabeth Regen Paula Morgan - Kate Reinders Kevin - Malcolm-Jamal Warner Redmond - James Avery Dr. Gregg - Michael Boatman

A Review from the New York Daily News

'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd joins 'Rita Rocks' in Lifetime's prime-time with 'Sherri'

By David Hinckley
Oct 05, 2009

Lifetime busts out a new sitcom Monday night, and while "Sherri" isn't an instant classic, it should spark more than a few "Right on, sister" responses from the Lifetime audience.

Starring "View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, "Sherri" is paired by Lifetime with the returning "Rita Rocks," starring Nicole Sullivan.

While neither show is aimed just at women - Sullivan does a lot of family comedy - "Sherri" even more than "Rita" is informed by the female point of view. Which isn't a bad thing.

The new pairing is also getting a nice promotional kickoff push from the network. They start back-to-back in a pre-prime time slot Monday night and will continue there all week, with five original episodes of each.

Next week, they move to their regular time slots, "Sherri" at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and "Rita Rocks" following at 10:30.

In "Sherri," Shepherd plays a mother who has a day job while nurturing an acting career. When we meet her, she's talking with two sympathetic co-workers after learning her husband of 10 years was slipping around with a waitress from Quiznos.

Shepherd explains the severity of various male sins, leading up to the declaration that "You sleep with a white girl, we done." That's the monologue part, and Shepherd delivers it engagingly.

It doesn't hurt the show that she says parts of it are based on her life. Most of the first show is devoted to variations on the theme of rotten men as seen through the eyes of exasperated women.

Her two friends, not overly bright but ideal for the roles, are Celia (Tammy Townsend) and Angie (Elizabeth Regen). Malcolm-Jamal Warner is Kevin, her worm of a husband. Theo, Theo, what happened?

"Rita Rocks" has a broader palette than "Sherri," but it feels more sitcom-ish. Rita is a mom who plays in a garage band with, among others, the young drummer who is dating her daughter.

When she's not rocking the house, Rita is petrified that daughter Hallie (Natalie Dreyfuss), will become pregnant. So she decides to take her in for birth-control pills. Her husband, Jay (Richard Ruccolo), is a little reluctant, saying that's fine for someone else's slutty daughter, but not for his princess.

Nonetheless, off she goes, leading to a long scene of ob-gyn jokes. And then a sudden unexpected thing happens, and the real sitcom busts out. It doesn't quite rock, but there are times when the new bloc rolls.

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