One on One (TV series)

One on One
Genre Sitcom
Created by Eunetta T. Boone
Starring Flex Alexander (seasons 1-4)
Kyla Pratt
Robert Ri'chard
Kelly Perine (seasons 1-4)
Sicily (seasons 1-4)
Jonathan Chase (season 5)
Camille Mana (season 5)
Nicole Paggi (season 5)
Ray J (season 5)
Theme music composer Jonathan Wolff &
Becky Kneubuhl
(remixed by Ray J and Detail for season 5)
Opening theme "Living One on One", performed by Shanice and Tonéx
Ending theme "Living One on One" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Jonathan Wolff
Becky Kneubuhl (season 1)
Kurt Farquhar (seasons 2-3)
Jamey Jazz (seasons 4-5)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 113 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Eunetta T. Boone (entire run)
Robert Greenblatt
David Janollari (seasons 1-3)
Dan Cross
David Hoge
Bill Boulware (all; season 5)
Pamela Eells O'Connell
Omar Davis-Rodgers
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time 20 min
Production company(s) The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio
Daddy's Girl Productions
Paramount Network Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
CBS Television Studios (2011-present)
Original network UPN
Picture format 480i (SDTV; entire run)
720p (HDTV; seasons 2-5)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release September 3, 2001 (2001-09-03) – May 15, 2006 (2006-05-15)
Related shows Cuts

One on One is an American sitcom that aired on the now-defunct UPN from September 3, 2001 to May 15, 2006. The series stars Flex Alexander as a single sportscaster, who becomes a full-time dad when his ex-wife decides to accept a job out of the country and his teenage daughter Breanna (Kyla Pratt) moves in with him. The series was based in Baltimore for the first four seasons before changing settings to Los Angeles for the final season.

The series featured guest appearances from numerous celebrities and athletes including Lil' Zane, Chris Brown, Brave from RichGirl, TLC, Lil' Romeo, Jennifer Lopez, Eve, Lloyd, Floetry, Angie Stone, Destiny's Child, Mario, Natasha Bedingfield, Omarion, Brandy, Solange Knowles, Nina Sky, Marques Houston, Missy Elliott, Smokey Robinson, Avant, New Edition, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Freeman, Method Man, Bobby V, Claudia Jordan, Ruben Studdard, and Lisa Leslie, among others. The show was cancelled when The WB and UPN merged to form The CW.


The show follows the lives of Flex Washington (Flex Alexander) and his teenage daughter Breanna Barnes (Kyla Pratt). The series begins with Breanna wanting to stay with her father, Flex, whom Breanna used to see only two weeks a year. When he blew out his knee during an NBA game, Flex had his communications degree to fall back on (which he revealed in a later episode he tried three times in order to get due to failing the class twice) and became a sportscaster. Flex works for the fictional WYNX-TV in Baltimore, resides in the ultimate bachelor pad, and lives the life of luxury. He is a ladies' man who wants to be both a responsible parent and a best friend to Breanna. Flex is very protective of his daughter, especially with boys. He has only had a couple of serious relationships, one of which was Breanna's mother Nicole Barnes (Tichina Arnold), whom he impregnated at the age of 18. When Nicole takes a job in Nova Scotia, Nicole allows Breanna to live with Flex.

Flex's best friend and Breanna's godfather, Duane Odell Knox (Kelly Perine), is a used car salesman who lives across the hall from Flex and Breanna and is a constant presence in their lives for better or worse. Duane's way with women is the exact opposite of Flex, in which Duane usually repels women. The women he does date, however, are somewhat unusual. His only serious girlfriend during the series was Candy (Shondrella Avery), with whom he dated for two years before getting engaged and later breaking up.

Breanna's best friend is Spirit Jones (Sicily Sewell) with whom she creates some mischief. Her other best friend, Arnaz Ballard (Robert Ri'chard), is the object of her on-again, off-again affection. The two were just friends, but Breanna became jealous of Arnaz's old girlfriend, Ginger (Khanya Mkhize). Arnaz became jealous when, in season two, Breanna started dating Josh (Josh Henderson). The two finally became a couple in the later part of the series. They break up during the third season and move on to date other people, even though they know they still love each other. The series ends with Arnaz chasing after Michelle (Brandy Norwood), D-Mack's sister, who he has fallen in love with while Breanna is shown in bed with D-Mack (Ray J).


Main characters

Recurring characters

Arranged by the season(s) they appeared:

Notable guest stars

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

  • Angie Stone (as herself) - Season 3, Ep. 14 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop World"
  • Anthony Hamilton (as himself) - Season 3, Ep. 12 "Dream Seller"
  • Avant (as himself) - Season 3, Ep. 14 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop World"
  • Eve (as a waitress) - Season 3, Ep. 14 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop World"
  • Floetry (as themselves) - Season 3, Ep. 14 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop World"
  • Lil' Romeo (as Eric) - Season 3, Ep. 10 "Spy Games"
  • Omarion (as Nyghtmare) - Season 3, Ep. 13 "East Meets East Coast"
  • Orlando Brown (as Dewane) - Season 3, Ep. 16 "He's Not Heavy, He's My Half-Brother"
  • Ruben Studdard (as himself) - Season 3, Ep. 15 "The Catch"
  • Solange Knowles (as Charlotte) - Season 3, Ep. 15 "The Catch"
  • Smokey Robinson (as Vaughn Odell Knox) - Season 3, Ep. 15
  • Edwin C. Morrow (as Johnny Bullbank) - Season 3, Ep. 23 & 24 "Bright Lights, Big City", "The Play's the Thing"
  • Ashlie Brillault (as Regina) - Season 3, Ep. 8 "Keeping It"

Season 4

  • Nina Sky (as themselves) - Season 4, Ep. 8 "Daddy's Home"

Season 5

Theme song and opening sequence

The show's theme song "Living One on One", was written and performed by Shanice (wife of the series star Flex Alexander) and Tonex with music composed by Jonathan Wolff and Becky Kneubuhl (who composed the scene change music for the first season). The theme song was slightly shortened and remixed by Detail and Ray J for the show's fifth season. A truncated version of the theme stripped of all lyrics except the words "One on One", was used as a closing theme, heard only in syndicated airings.

The opening titles for the first three seasons featured the cast playing basketball on an outdoor court (though it also showed some characters doing other things at that same setting, e.g., Spirit checking out a boy who walks past her, and Arnaz playing the guitar only to be interrupted by a basketball bouncing in his direction that fell out of Duane's hand and he chases him). The fourth season opening titles featured the cast in a dressing room getting ready for a night on the town, the end of the sequence featured a pan shot of the cast wearing different outfits in the mirror than what they are wearing in the beginning of the pan shot. The opening sequences for the first four seasons included a closeup shot of Flex, Breanna and Arnaz before cutting back to a shot of the entire cast. The final season's opening titles featured the main cast (Breanna, Arnaz and new characters D-Mack, Sara, Cash and Lisa) at various places at the Venice Beach Boardwalk, before meeting back at the beach house to take a picture together.

Nielsen Ratings

Season Episodes Premiere Season finale Viewers
(in millions)
1 2001–2002 22 September 3, 2001 May 20, 2002 4.1[1] #132[1]
2 2002–2003 23 September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003 4.16[2] #141[2]
3 2003–2004 24 September 16, 2003 May 25, 2004 2.94[3] #184[3]
4 2004–2005 22 September 20, 2004 May 23, 2005 3.1[4] #147[4]
5 2005–2006 22 September 19, 2005 May 15, 2006 2.8[5] #139[5]


One On One began airing in syndication in September 2005, shortly after the fifth series premiere episode aired; Paramount Domestic Television held the distribution rights to the series for the first year of its syndication run, CBS Paramount Domestic Television also held the distribution rights to the series for the second year of its syndication run. CBS Television Distribution has been the series distributor since September 2007.

In the United States, One on One was broadcast on various local television stations (mostly Fox, The WB and UPN affiliates) from September 2005 to September 2009. The series originally began airing on The N in October 2005, when the channel was a timeshare service of Noggin then carried over when The N took over the channel space of Nickelodeon Games and Sports in December 2007 and ran until October 2008; it rejoined the channel's lineup on September 14, 2009, and was moved to the rebranded TeenNick on September 28, 2009 and aired in two-hour blocks in the morning and late night hours before being removed from TeenNick's line-up in early 2011.

The series began airing on BET in 2009, airing in two one-hour blocks (one weekday mornings and one in the afternoon), as well as Saturday telecasts.

International airings

Internationally, One on One is broadcast in Canada on BET and local affiliates; on Nine Network in Australia; on SABC1 in South Africa and in the Middle East on the Paramount Comedy Channel in the Middle East (however, the fifth season has yet to be aired in its entirety on Paramount Comedy). The series is broadcast across the African Continent on Sony Entertainment Channel via the South African Cable Network DSTV.

Awards and nominations

2005 - Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Ken Whittingham, Brian K. Roberts, Maynard C. Virgil I, Chip Fields & Mary Lou Belli (Nominated)
2005 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Flex Alexander (Nominated)
2004 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Flex Alexander (Nominated)
2005 - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Flex Alexander (Nominated)
2004 - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Flex Alexander (Nominated)
2004 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Kyla Pratt (Nominated)
2003 - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Flex Alexander (Nominated)
2003 - Outstanding Comedy Series (Nominated)
2005 - TV Comedy Series Episode for episode "No More Wire Hangers" (Won)


  1. 1 2 "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002.
  2. 1 2 "Nielsen's TOP 156 Shows for 2002-03".
  3. 1 2 "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2007.
  4. 1 2 "Primetime series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 27, 2005. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  5. 1 2 "Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 26, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
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