Yesha Callahan

Open Thread: Did You Watch The Being Mary Jane Season Finale?


In between writing and re-watching HBO’s True Detective last night, I couldn’t help but to notice the “Being Mary Jane” season finale gasps and “OMG” tweets and Facebook updates. Although I’ve only watched 2 episodes, I find myself not being totally impressed or interested in the show.  But it’s an understatement to say that BET has tapped into an audience with the series.

Mary Jane’s character, played by Gabrielle Union, is someone that seems to have a lot of women relating to her. And there’s definitely nothing wrong with that. A lot of other people complain that the story is yet another stereotypical “woe is me I’m a side chick” aka Olivia Pope story. But hey, there are successful side chicks in the world, right?

The one thing you can’t deny is the fact that BET is putting black people to work. From Mara Brock-Akil to Gabrielle Union and the rest of the cast, Being Mary Jane is a certified hit. There’s no word on whether the show is coming back from a second season, but it’s safe to say with the ratings from last night’s season finale, from a business standpoint, a season 2 seems certain.

Clutchettes, what did you think about the 2 hour season finale?

  1. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    For me, I feel it’s a modernized version of “Hottentot Venus”.

  2. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    The finale was much better than the rest of the season has been. I will continue to watch as long as the show continues to improve. At least she’s not a side chick anymore.

  3. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    I enjoyed it. Takes me back to the days when we used to anticipate watching Dynasty every week. I hope it comes back for another season.

  4. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    “Everything you’re going through is preparing you for what you’ve asked for”

    Awesome show, very good writing and acting and I love seeing black actors and actresses we don’t normally get to see.

  5. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    ‘For me, I feel it’s a modernized version of “Hottentot Venus”.’

    Wow! You can’t just leave us hanging that. Lol. I would love to get your take on why you think this is. Please, give us more.

  6. February 26, 2014 - Reply


    Let me put it to you this way:

    I enjoyed watching “Mother of George” because there was a character that was flawed, but her insecurities didn’t involve salacious sex scandals.

  7. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    the series has become a snooze. i admit i watched all episodes with hopes that it would get better. but it just didn’t really deliver for me :/ but it’s good to see blacks on the screen. just seemed more like a seat filler until scandal came back on. maybe if they come back for another season they will choose a different story line.. one that already isn’t being displayed.

  8. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    I personally enjoy this show. Is it perfect- no, but it defintely has been potential and I feel there is something special there that will continue to develope over time if given a chance.

    I think at times people are people slightly harsh with the reviews and commentary regarding Being Mary Jane. Her family dynamic and storyline rings very true and real for me espcially the relationship between her parents- played by Richard Roundtree and Margaret Avery who are sensational. I also can appreciate her Latina co-worker played by Lisa Vidal and the struggle she endures of being a professional working woman with children.

    This show depicts the journey of attempting to have it all flaws and all…

  9. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    After haven watched the whole season of BMJ I think the only thing it has in common with scandal is the main character having an affair.

    I know people will always compare the two shows but, to me they are nothing a like. BMJ is more realistic just one professional black woman’s story living in a metropolitan city. Dealing with a some what of a normal family that has normal family issues.

    While scandal jumps the shark in every episode but, in a good way.

    From her having a terrorist for a mother, to a father that’s the real power behind the American government, to having assassins on her payroll.

    Just saying the shows seem entirely different to me.

  10. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    This show has an interesting concept and great actors and actresses but the story lines are all over the place. Mary Janes affair,brothers drug addiction brother who sells drugs mother who is sick niece who keeps having kids. It would be nice to see a story line next season that flows better so it doesn’t feel like watching a jigsaw puzzle. And the finale was really crazy, nearly getting turkey basted to Whitney!! I know this is TV but still it could have left some of the more dramatic scenes out!

  11. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    The main character is not likable. They are really laying it on thick with the whole single, lonely, and desperate thing. Her problems are not real problems. She is pretty, successful, and rich but yet pitiful and miserable. I actually prefer watching it for the other characters and their story lines. Im not going to give up on it because it does have potential but they need to evaluate her character.

  12. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    BMJ reminds me of Sex and the City. Same amount of messy complex characters, which makes for a storyline that viewers can get invested in for many seasons. I wonder why so many people are so opposed to the show thats filled with women of color…

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply


      But Sex in the City had humor and an ensemble cast. Plus, you didn’t really get any back story about their families. BMJ is just depressing. Unlike, Olivia Pope there’s nothing likable about the main character.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply


      “… I wonder why so many people are so opposed to the show thats filled with women of color…”

      I believe that black people are gradually learning that we all are not going to like/support a sitcom/film/album because it was created by another black person. This show and “Scandal” are prime examples.

  13. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    After seeing the season finale, I have realized that this will definitely be one of those shows that will canceled too soon before it’s prime.

  14. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Shame on us as Black Women. BMJ is a sitcom finally written just for us. This show includes beautiful, sucessful intelligent women of color. Yes MJ has an affair with a married man and is “sleeping around” but that doesn’t make her a hoe. It makes her real. When white women do the very same things on television (sex in the city) they are seen as trend setters or idolized for celebrating their sexuality. If we want other people truly see and understand black women we have to stop being afraid to show who we really are. Black women are unique but not perfect. We are blessed with our beauty, talent and wit while at the same time cursed by our embitions, convictions and color. BMJ does an excellent job dipicting the very best of women of color by showing America that while we are unique, we are also human and struggle with the same battles that every woman struggles with regardless of color. (mommy guilt, feeling less then, insecurities etc.) I know we have worked so hard to stand out and be different. We don’t need to work so hard at that…our very presence is enough! Maybe what we really need is for society to see us as “women” instead of “black women”. I think BMJ does this for us. Well done!

  15. March 1, 2014 - Reply

    I love BMJ it shows that even if your life is “perfect” you can’t have it all. MJ shows that You can be pretty and successful but that all that doesn’t matter when it comes to love. She is the most successful person in her family but she’s the only one without a family of her own (excluding pj but he’s young). I wish black folks would stop making everything a race issue. Just b/c it’s about women of color doesn’t mean it has to be supported by us. Girlfriends did well for many seasons and had a mainly black cast. Anyway I digress. My only issue with the finale was that her character was still kind of static. If the was the literal end to the series I wish she would’ve gotten pregnant even if it was in-vitro or something

  16. June 1, 2014 - Reply

    I just finished the season over the weekend and although I do take some issue with the cast not being entirely black (we are all human and it shouldn’t have to take a multiracial cast for people to relate to different aspects of life) and a few other minor things but other than that I think it’s a job well done for BET, a network I haven’t watched in over a decade. I’m looking forward to the next season.

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