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Overview

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Writers:
Nick Siracuse (writer)
Scott Schaefer (writer)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 5 | unknown
Release Date:
3 January 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
We Be Havin' a Ball!
Plot:
Arsenio Hall hosts this hip, late-night talk show.
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Eddie Murphy's best friend was Good for a while See more (14 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 248)

Arsenio Hall ... Himself - Host / ... (365 episodes, 1989-1994)
Burton Richardson ... Himself - Announcer / ... (362 episodes, 1989-1994)
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Series Directed by
Todd Fischer (49 episodes, 1992-1994)

Sandra Fullerton (unknown episodes)
Scott Schaefer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Arsenio Hall (103 episodes, 1989-1994)
Rob Young (103 episodes, 1989-1994)
Steven Alan Green (103 episodes, 1989-1991)
Tim Kelleher (82 episodes, 1989-1993)
Danny Zuker (82 episodes, 1989-1993)
Dawna Kaufmann (27 episodes, 1993-1994)
Paul Clay (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
Barry Friedman (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alec Sokolow (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steve Spiegel (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
J. Anthony Brown (22 episodes, 1993-1994)
Davey DiGiorgio (21 episodes, 1993-1994)
Hal Spear (21 episodes, 1993-1994)
Philip Vaughn (21 episodes, 1993-1994)
Larry Charles (19 episodes, 1989-1990)
Marty Rudoy (19 episodes, 1993-1994)

Scott Schaefer (unknown episodes)
Nick Siracuse (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Arsenio Hall .... executive producer (103 episodes, 1989-1994)
Mark Lipsky .... executive producer (14 episodes, 1989)

Carole Chouinard .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
David A. Hurwitz .... segment producer (unknown episodes)
Kent Weishaus .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Christian Santiago (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Clayton Lonie Jr. (106 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sandy Ampon (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Cockerill .... field director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Robert Cole .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
BJ Davis .... stunt coordinator / stunts (2 episodes, 1989)

Chuck Borden .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Heath .... key grip (165 episodes, 1989-1992)
Pascal M. Guillemard .... lighting technician / best boy electric (27 episodes, 1993-1994)
Jenna Abrahamson-Minardi .... lighting technician (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Frank Detone Jr. .... best boy: grip (3 episodes, 1989)

Christian Santiago .... camera operator: studio and field camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monique Long .... costumer (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
 
Series Music Department
Arsenio Hall .... composer: theme "Hall or Nothing" (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver (13 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Other crew
Dailey Pike .... audience warm-up (126 episodes, 1989-1994)
Mel North .... choreographer (85 episodes, 1989)
Marshall Boone .... production assistant (74 episodes, 1990-1994)
Pamela Hyatt .... communications liasion (70 episodes, 1991-1994)
Kim Swann .... talent coordinator (37 episodes, 1989-1991)

Alan Abrams .... business affairs director (unknown episodes)
Carole Chouinard .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Rick Law .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
Jack Edward Sawyers .... additional footage (unknown episodes)
 

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Trivia:
The appearance of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was highly controversial due to remarks by Farrakhan that many felt were anti-Semitic and homophobic. Protests from Jewish and gay groups pressured Hall to cancel Farrakhan's appearance but Hall adamantly refused. Hall agreed to feature pre-taped segments featuring opposing viewpoints but he did not air any of them. Some affiliates put a disclaimer before the episode warning viewers. The furor over this episode was a major reason why Hall and Paramount decided not to renew his contract.See more »

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Eddie Murphy's best friend was Good for a while, 15 February 2004
Author: AshKaboo from Los Angeles, CA

It seems that no one can talk about The Arsenio Hall Show without talking about how quickly the American public lost interest in the program, and even making several jokes about the said talkshow host. I guess it's because a lot of it is true. Arsenio did die a sudden death, that is something everyone can agree on. One night he became the hottest thing the world had seen, then before you knew it he became yesterday's news.

People are right about the good years for this show, it was 1989 and 1990. Although Arsenio and many of his ardent defenders may accuse The Tonight Show's Helen Kushnick of threatening a boycott on Arsenio's potential guests if they turned up on his show before Jay Leno's, that was just part of the reason he faded away like he did. The man was just a downright terrible interviewer, possessing next to zero skills on how to correctly and intelligently interview a guest. And too many times his opening monologue seemed like a rip off of one of Eddie Murphy's early 80's Saturday Night Live sketches. Arsenio tended to pander to White society's expectations of a Black man, i.e. always trash talkingly funny and smart-mouthed. But he's not the only one guilty of picking up the mantle of Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy and looking like a one note joke. Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, and Bernie Mac have all fallen into this trap.

During the 1991-'94 part of the show, it was never the same and the pop culture was changing, leaving Arsenio behind. I think the bulk of the problem is what others have already said here, Arsenio Hall was firmly grounded in a late 80's style, but he was trying to do his show in the 1990's. He could get away with it in 1990, but the further he got into the 90's, the more he seemed like yesterday's news and just a total has been what with him still talking about Paula Abdul and the New Kids on the Block. But Arsenio's reign in 1989 and 1990 was cool while it lasted, too bad he couldn't keep up with the changing times.

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