Being Mary Jane

American drama television series

Being Mary Jane was an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil and starring Gabrielle Union,[1] that debuted January 7, 2014 on BET.[2] The 90-minute-pilot for the series aired on July 2, 2013.[3] The series follows professional and personal life of successful TV news anchor Mary Jane Paul, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. The series ended on April 23, 2019.

Being Mary Jane
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Created byMara Brock Akil
Composer(s)Kurt Farquhar
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Salim Akil
  • Gabrielle Union
Production location(s)Georgia
Running time
  • 61 mins (pilot only)
  • 42 mins
  • 120 mins (finale)
Production company(s)
  • Akil Productions
  • Breakdown Productions
  • Schoolcraft Productions (season 4–5)
  • Will Packer Productions (season 4–5)
Original networkBET
Picture format
Original releaseJuly 2, 2013 (2013-07-02) –
April 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)
Other websites


Being Mary Jane has received positive reviews from critics.[4][5] The series premiere drew more than 4 million viewers, debuting as BET's highest rated show.[6][7][8] On January 6, 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on January 10, 2017.[9] It was announced on October 11, 2017 that the series would conclude. A two-hour movie finale was planned to air in 2018, but never came to fruition.[10] On December 7, 2018, BET announced that the movie finale date has been pushed back to air on April 16, 2019.[11] On April 1, 2019, it was announced that the movie finale date was pushed back a week later to April 23, 2019.[12]


  1. "BET Networks Announces New Programming at Annual Upfront Presentation". The Futon Critic. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  2. "BET Networks' First Original Scripted Series "Being Mary Jane" Starring Gabrielle Union Premieres on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10 P.M. ET/PT" (Press release). The Futon Critic. October 24, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  3. Braxton, Greg (May 24, 2013). "Pilot for BET's 'Being Mary Jane' gets late start time on July 2". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  4. "Being Mary Jane – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. July 9, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  5. "Being Mary Jane: Season 1". 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  6. Andreeva, Nellie (September 11, 2013). "BET Preps Second Season Of 'Being Mary Jane', Cancels 'Reed Between The Lines'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  7. O'Connell, Michael. "TV Ratings: BET's 'Being Mary Jane' Scores Huge Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  8. "Solid Ratings Debut For BET's 'Being Mary Jane' – 4 Millions Viewers, Highest-Rating On Cable | Shadow and Act". Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  10. "'Being Mary Jane' To End In 2018 With 2-Hour Series Finale Movie On BET". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  11. Darrisaw, Michelle (February 6, 2019). "6 Questions We Have After Watching the Being Mary Jane Movie Teaser". O, The Oprah Magazine. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  12. "As One Saga Ends, Another Begins During a Monumental Tuesday Night on BET". The Futon Critic. April 1, 2019.