Being Mary Jane is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil and starring Gabrielle Union, that debuted January 7, 2014, on BET. The 90 minute pilot for the series aired on July 2, 2013. The series follows professional and personal life of successful TV news anchor Mary Jane Paul, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Being Mary Jane has received positive reviews from critics, and the series premiere on BET had more than 4 million viewers. The second and third seasons received critical acclaim, specifically praising Gabrielle Union's leading performance, Mara Brock Akil's writing, and directing work by Regina King. On January 6, 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on January 10, 2017.
At the 45th NAACP Image Awards, the pilot movie won award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, and Union for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. The series later received another nine NAACP Image Awards nominations, include two for Outstanding Drama Series.