She's Gotta Have It (TV series)

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She's Gotta Have It
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GenreComedy drama
Created bySpike Lee
Based onShe's Gotta Have It
by Spike Lee
Directed bySpike Lee
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19
Executive producers
  • Spike Lee
  • Tonya Lewis Lee
Running time31–38 minutes
Production companies
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23) –
May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)

She's Gotta Have It is an American comedy-drama television series created by Spike Lee. It is based on his 1986 film of the same name.[1] Ten 30-minute episodes were ordered by Netflix, all of which were directed by Lee.[2] The show premiered on November 23, 2017.[3] On January 1, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 24, 2019.[4][5] On July 17, 2019, Netflix canceled the series after two seasons.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]




The song "Black Girl Magic" by Chrisette Michele was going to be played in the show, however Lee removed it after she performed at the inauguration of Donald Trump.[18]


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110November 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)
29May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"#DaJumpoff (DOCTRINE)"Spike LeeSpike LeeNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)

Artist Nola Darling's romantic life in gentrified Brooklyn is characterized by sexual freedom as she juggles three open relationships with thoughtful Jamie, carefree Mars, and cocky Greer. Despite her wish to manage her sexual relationships on her own terms, the three men struggle to accept her independence.

Songs featured in episode: "Between the Sheets (song)" by The Isley Brothers, "Set It Off" by Strafe (band), "Pretty Wings" by Maxwell, "Tender Love" by Force MDs and "Golden Jill" by Jill Scott.
22"#BootyFull (SELF ACCEPTANCE)"Spike LeeRadha BlankNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)

The episode opens with Nola giving a monologue about the black female form. She states that she wants to paint a portrait of her friend Shemekka because she is representative of a Brooklyn-based black feminine style. During the painting of the portrait, Shemekka reveals that she met Nola at a house party when Nola spilled a drink on her.

Songs featured in episode: "The Seed (2.0)" by The Roots, "Losing You" by Solange Knowles
33"#LBD (LITTLE BLACK DRESS)"Spike LeeLynn NottageNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)

Nola presents her " Little Black Dress," in her three encounters with the men she is dating.

Songs featured in episode: "You Make Me Feel So Young" by Frank Sinatra, "Autumn Serenade" by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, "Keep Looking" by Sade and "Anytime" by Brian McKnight.
44"#LuvIzLuv (SEXUALITY IS FLUID)"Spike LeeEisa DavisNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)

Nola decides that, for the time being, she does not want a man in her loving bed. The audience is then introduced to Opal Gilstrap, a former love interest of Nola's. She and Nola rekindle their sexual relationship. The pair spend more time with each other and Nola speaks about Opal with her therapist. While Nola and Opal are on the street, they run into Greer, and Nola acts embarrassed by Opal. Opal has a daughter, and she and Nola begin to bond, but she promises to see her before her bedtime and arrives too late. Opal is upset at Nola's lack of commitment, and they end their fling. Looking at the upside of things, Nola makes it to the second round of the Catlett Prize.

Songs featured in episode: "Say Yes" by Floetry, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by Rhythms Del Mundo, U2 and Coco Freeman, "Fool of Me" by Meshell Ndegeocello, "Scene" by GBM Nutron
55"#4MyNegusAndMyBishes (ALL WORDS MATTER)"Spike LeeBarry Michael CooperNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)
Nola embarks on her new journey as an art teacher. She faces many challenges along the way. As for Shemekka, she decides to make a drastic change for her dance career to take off.
66"#HeGotItAllMixedUp (DYSLEXIA)"Spike LeeCinqué LeeNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)
Nola becomes increasingly nervous as her opening night arrives. Meanwhile, Shemekka's debut with her dance career coincides with Nola's group show. When the guys discover that they aren't invited to Nola's big night, they decide to take matters into their own hands.
77"#HowToMakeLoveToANegroWithoutGettingTired"Spike LeeJoie LeeNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)
Greer opens up the episode about his first encounter with Nola. But now he's ready to be exclusive.
88"#LoveDontPayDaRent (IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW)"Spike LeeBarry Michael CooperNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)

The episode opens with characters reacting to the election of Donald Trump, and article clippings and photographs of the new president. We cut to Nola smoking on her bed when she receives a call from Greer asking if he can come over. Nola tells Greer that she has sold one of her paintings, and then they have sex. While this occurs, she calls out Jamie's last name. She makes up an excuse. Jamie's wife shows him a picture on her phone of the self-portrait he purchased from Nola and asks, "Who is this?" She confronts Jamie about the $10,000 check he made out to Nola. They fight. Next, Nola is seen trying to purchase art supplies when her card is declined. Her rent check was bounced, causing the landlord to give a two-day eviction notice. Nola angrily calls Jamie to ask him why he canceled the check. Jamie responds by saying he will fix the situation and Nola replies that she wants her painting back. Nola tries to sell some of her artwork in front of her brownstone apartment to some tourists, to no avail.

Songs featured in episode: "I Know" by Dionne Farris, "Mercy" by Prefab Sprout, "Outta Here" by KRS-One
99"#ChangeGonCome (GENTRIFICATION)"Spike LeeRadha BlankNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)
Songs featured in episode: "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell, "Faithful" by Meshell Ndegeocello
1010"#NolasChoice (3 DA HARD WAY)"Spike LeeSpike LeeNovember 23, 2017 (2017-11-23)

While Nola's parents are celebrating Thanksgiving with family, she decides to invite Mars, Jamie and Greer over for dinner.

Songs featured in episode: "Be Real Black for Me" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, "Raspberry Beret" by Prince

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"#I'mFeelingMyFeelings"Spike LeeSpike LeeMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
Songs featured in episode: “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Roy Ayers Ubiquity, “Frozen” by Madonna, “Back in the Day (Puff)” by Erykah Badu, “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” by Syreeta, “Beautiful” by Meshell Ndegeocello, “Nights Over Egypt” by The Jones Girls, “Maybe There’s Black People (In Fort Greene)” by Stew and The Negro Problem, “Brooklyn Omnibus” by Stew and The Negro Problem
122"#ConeyIslandIsTheEndOfTheLine"Spike LeeCinqué LeeMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
133"#LuvStings"Spike LeeJocelyn BiohMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
144"#NationTime"Spike LeeRadha BlankMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
155"#SuperFunkyCaliFragiSexy"Spike LeeBarry Michael CooperMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
166"#WhenYourChickensComeHometoRoost"Spike LeeAntoinette NwanduMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
177"#OhJudoKnow?"Spike LeeLemon AndersenMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
188"#OnTheComeUpTheComeDown&TheComeRound"Spike LeeJoie LeeMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
199"#IAmYourMirror"Spike LeeEisa DavisMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)


She's Gotta Have It has received positive reviews from critics. As of July 2019, the show holds a score of 77 out of 100 on the review aggregator Metacritic, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an 83% "Certified Fresh" rating based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. The site's consensus was: "Fun, fascinating and feminist, Spike Lee's classic is born again for a new generation."[20]

The second season has a 73% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4/10. The site's consensus was: She's Gotta Have It wades through some narrative wilderness after shifting away from its founding romantic conceit, but Spike Lee's vibrant eye and DeWanda Wise's darling performance keep proceedings engaging."[21]


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