Moesha made UPN who they are today. Prior to this show premiering in mid season of 1996, nobody cared for or even heard of UPN. This show made UPN popular in the black community and has provided the success of other black shows such as Girlfriends, One on One and the Parkers.
Moesha wasn't a cookie cutter teen sitcom, it dealt with real life and real issues. Something you won't find on Saturday morning T-NBC. The setting was in an urban environment without the typical stereotypical elements one would expect on a show such as this. There was no gold teeth, no bling bling or hoodrats.