The 90s hit TV show Martin has earned its place in television hall of fame. It was not hard to fall in love with Martin’s hijinks and the playful banter between him and “Pam”. However, it was the endearing relationship between Martin and “Gina” that gives meaning to the term #blacklove. Let’s go back in time and explore how their relationship was able to stand the test time. Maybe we can all learn a thing or two about how to maintain a long-term relationship from our favorite fictional television couple.
1. They didn’t take themselves too seriously.
There’s nothing worse than being in a relationship where all you do is analyze each other all the time. Most of us know at least one couple like this; where they’re constantly arguing and bickering over petty things. One of the most refreshing things about Martin and Gina’s relationship was that they were always laughing together. They truly enjoyed each other’s company and it resonated through the television screen. Their relationship was what having a best friend as a mate should be like.
2. They hung out with a tight group of friends.
While there’s nothing wrong with spending the majority of your time with your mate after getting into a relationship, it is always nice to see a couple who knows how to have fun with other people as well. Martin and Gina were the life of the party and they enjoyed entertaining their friends in their home. This created a healthy dynamic between them where they weren’t solely dependent on each other. Now, when it came time for them to have some alone time together, Martin wasn’t afraid to tell them to get the heck out; and we loved him for it.
3. They were good at communicating their feelings.
Sure their relationship was fun and crazy at times, but they knew how to bring it down and talk to each other. Whenever there was an issue in their relationship they made sure to address it at the right time. I’m sure we all remember those episodes where they would lay in bed at the end of the day and talk about their relationship. This is where the true substance of their bond came from. Let’s take a few notes from this fictional reality and try talking things out with our mates when we have concerns.
4. Their focus was on each other and NOT on their careers.
I think this part is self-explanatory, but it’s so necessary to cover. I don’t think I remember watching a single episode where they had arguments that centered around money and careers. The only episode that I could think of that came remotely close to that was when Gina got jealous over some girl that Martin was working with at the studio (that hussy). Anyway, correct me if I’m wrong, but all of their issues were either too small to turn into an argument or were much deeper than money. Nowadays, for many people, a person’s career matters more than being loyal. Martin and Gina didn’t care about appearances or materialistic things. They cared about each other.
5. They never stopped saying “I love you”.
Throughout the series the love between Martin and Gina was ever-present. Despite the controversy that was happening behind the scenes, Tisha Cambell and Martin’s characters radiated true chemistry. It was always apparent that the love between them was genuine and they truly had an affinity towards one another. We may not currently have a black television couple who we can be proud to represent the black family, but Martin and Gina’s relationship will always be one to emulate.