Yvette Lee Bowser

Yvette Denise Lee Bowser (born 1965)[1] is an American television writer and producer. She wrote and produced the TV shows Half & Half and Living Single, and early in her career, worked on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. With Living Single, she became the first African-American woman to develop her own prime-time series.[2]

Yvette Lee Bowser
Yvette Denise Lee

1965 (age 55–56)
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Kyle Bowser


Bowser started on A Different World in 1987 as one of a number of apprentices, rising in prominence in the production company over the years and eventually becoming producer by the 1991–92 season.[3] She left the show to take a position with Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.

Bowser created her own company, Sister Lee Productions, which produced or co-produced her later shows, Living Single and Half & Half. She has said in an interview that she draws many of her characters and plots from her own and her friends' personal experiences.[4] She has said, "I just basically rip pages out of my diary to tell stories on TV."[5] In the case of Half & Half, for example, the writer based the characters Mona and Dee-Dee on herself and an older half-sister, and plot ideas came from her experience as the youngest child in a blended family.[5]

Through Sister Lee Productions, Bowser is showrunner[6] for the critically acclaimed Netflix series Dear White People. [7][8][9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Bowser lived in Philadelphia's Carroll Park neighborhood until age 5, when she and her mother moved to California.[11] Bowser graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1983.[12] She attended with Holly Robinson, who was a part of the Hangin' with Mr. Cooper cast and later starred in For Your Love.[13] Bowser also attended with her friend Lori Petty, whom she later cast in her sitcom Lush Life.[12]

After high school, Bowser attended Stanford University where, in spring 1986, she pledged the Xi Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[14]

Yvette Lee Bowser married producer Kyle Bowser in 1994. The two worked together on Living Single, Half & Half, and For Your Love.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1992 A Different World Producer, Program Consultant 25 episodes
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Producer 17 episodes
1993 The Wayans Bros. Executive Consultant 17 episodes
1993–1998 Living Single Creator, Executive Producer 105 episodes
1996 Lush Life Creator, Executive Producer 7 episodes
1998–2002 For Your Love Executive Producer 84 episodes
2002–2006 Half & Half Executive Producer 91 episodes
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Consulting Producer 11 episodes
2012 The Exes Consulting Producer 12 episodes
2012–2013 Happily Divorced Consulting Producer 12 episodes
2014–2016 Black-ish Consulting Producer 3 episodes
2017–2019 Dear White People Executive Producer 30 episodes
2021 Run the World Executive Producer 8 episodes


  1. ^ Kranz, Rachel (2004). African-American Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Infobase Publishing. p. 23. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  2. ^ Gregory, Deborah. ""Yvette Lee Bowser: the sister who took 'Living Single' straight to the top! - African American television producer". Essence. December 1994.
  3. ^ Brown, Malaika. (April–May 1995). "Sisterhood televised: Yvette Lee Bowser and the voices she listens to - creator and executive producer of the TV show, 'Living Single'". American Visions.
  4. ^ Perkins, Ken Parish (March 29, 1998). "Yvette Lee Bowser's 'For Your Love' Breaks Sitcom Color Barriers". Fort Worth News-Telegram. The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa).
  5. ^ a b Walker, Nicole (March 15, 2004). "Two sisters, two different moms—TV's 'half & half' takes a fresh look at the blended black family". Jet. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005.
  6. ^ Young, Danielle (27 April 2017). "From A Different World to Dear White People: Meet the Black-TV-Series Whisperer, Yvette Lee Bowser". theroot.com. The Root. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Dear White People (2017)". Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dear White People: Season 1 reviews". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Dear White People Season 2". Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Dear White People: Season 2 reviews". Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Shea, Kathleen (October 15, 1993). "A Single-minded Passion for Success". Philadelphia Daily News. p. 83.
  12. ^ a b Pennington, Gail (July 22, 1996). "Fox Makes Plans for 'Super' Season". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 6E.
  13. ^ Bobbin, Jay (March 15, 1998). "Couples Live 'For Your Love'". The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida).
  14. ^ "Xi Beta Legacy". Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Xi Beta Chapter. 2016. Archived from the original on July 3, 2105.
  15. ^ Holmes, Kristin E.The Bible's fresh voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 4, 2006

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