Namely, Harper's novel has been optioned and is about to be adapted into a movie. And if you remember the movies, you know that story caused friction among the friends.
"When I wrote The Best Man, it was out of a desire to see myself on screen. Growing up I rarely saw Black people — Black men in particular — the way my friends and I saw ourselves: educated, upwardly mobile African-Americans who were just 'normal' (Barack and Michelle before Barack and Michelle)," Lee said in a statement. "Given the moment that we are in, this is the perfect time to revisit Harper, Lance, Murch, Quentin, Jordan, Robyn, Candace, and Shelby and go on the wild, emotional, hilarious ride with them, as they deal with their own journeys through parenting, activism, old love, new love and the complexities of being Black in 21st Century America.
"It is now more than ever that the world is craving to see what I've worked my entire career to show: relatable, universal stories about black people and their humanity," he continued.
In addition to Lee and North, Sean Daniel and Dominique Telson serve as executive producers. Lee directed four episodes of the eight-episode series, and Charles Stone III, Robert Townsend, and Stacey Muhammad directed the other episodes. The show is produced by Universal Television.
The Best Man has a Metascore of 61, and The Best Man Holiday has a Metascore of 59. The series' review embargo has not yet lifted so its Metascore is still TBD.