Arsenio Hall hosts this hip, late-night talk show.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1   Unknown  
1994   1993   1992   1991   1990   1989  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Bernie Mac Show (2001–2006)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children.

Stars: Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez
Webster (1983–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The post-retirement season is suddenly disrupted for football player George Papadapolis and his wife Katherine when Webster, the orphaned son of a former teammate, moves in. Laughter -- and life lessons -- in every episode.

Stars: Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis
Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.

Stars: Christopher Hewett, Ilene Graff, Tracy Wells
Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson
The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The continuing adventures of the staff of the ghost removal service.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker
House of Payne (TV Series 2006)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A multi-generational family lives together under one roof.

Stars: LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis
Charles in Charge (1984–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Charles, a college student, moves in with the Powell family as the housekeeper, baby-sitter, and friend to the children. Along with his best friend, Buddy, Charles attempts to manage his ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert
The Transformers (1984–1987)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton
Family | Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer
David the Gnome (TV Series 1985)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The fantastic adventures of David and his wife Lisa traveling around the world to save the animals and defeating the trolls.

Stars: Matilde Conesa, Jane Woods, José María Cordero
The Looney Tunes Show (2011–2013)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An updated iteration of the classic Looney Tunes characters focusing on their satirical misadventures living in suburbia.

Stars: Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, Fred Armisen
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host (376 episodes, 1989-1994)
Burton Richardson ...
 Himself - Announcer (367 episodes, 1989-1994)
Edit

Storyline

Arsenio Hall hosts this hip, late-night talk show.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

We Be Havin' a Ball!


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El show de Arsenio Hall  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The show was syndicated and aired on some CBS affiliates throughout the country. When Late Show with David Letterman (1993) premiered, many CBS affiliates moved Hall's show to a later time slot or dropped the show altogether. Hall's show also aired on some Fox affiliates. One week later, Fox premiered The Chevy Chase Show (1993) and Hall's show suffered the same fate. Even though Chase's show was short-lived, Hall was unable to retrieve his previous time slots. Hall's show was still popular in the markets where his show had not been moved or replaced but the nationwide ratings had sharply declined. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hiphop killed Arsenio? No!
17 January 2004 | by (Detroit, MI) – See all my reviews

I just finished reading some of the comments here about Arsenio's show, and while I agree with some, I heavily disagree with others. First of all, there was no "hip hop backlash" around the time that grunge rock became popular. At the time hip hop began to reach it's commercial peak as well. Furthermore, Arsenio frequently had grunge and rock performers on his show; from Poison to Nirvana to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Radiohead. Many are quick to associate Arsenio's show with hip hop, simply because he is a black man and was the first to really showcase it, but that is not all he ever had on. His musical guests were a mixed bag: pop, urban, country, rock, etc.

What killed Arsenio was that he over time just simply wore thin. In retrospect, it is very true that Arsenio's show was very "1989," and he had a hard time moving forward from that. His interviewing skills were often lacking, and his opening monologues were at times poor. Everything wrong with the show starting out that people dismissed because he was young, hip and someone *new* to watch on late night continued to haunt him, and over time people started to not dismiss it anymore.

Toward 1993-1994, his show became dreadfully stale, painfully slow moving, and annoyingly unfunny. In the meantime, all the hoopla surrounding the Jay/Dave fight over the Tonight Show didn't help matters because it led late night audiences (and sponsors) to focus on them rather than Arsenio.


9 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page