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18 September 1991 (USA) See more »
Al Royal and his wife Victoria had just settled down to retire when their daughter Elizabeth, newly divorced from a man that Al had always hated... See more »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 12)

Della Reese ... Victoria Royal (15 episodes, 1991-1992)

Mariann Aalda ... Elizabeth Royal Winston (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Sylver Gregory ... Kim Winston (15 episodes, 1991-1992)

Larenz Tate ... Curtis Royal (15 episodes, 1991-1992)

Naya Rivera ... Hillary Winston (15 episodes, 1991-1992)

Jackée Harry ... Ruth 'CoCo' Royal (8 episodes, 1991-1992)

Barry Shabaka Henley ... Willis Tillis (8 episodes, 1991-1992)

Redd Foxx ... Alfonso Royal (7 episodes, 1991)

Series Directed by
Shelley Jensen (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jack Shea (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Writing credits
Greg Antonacci (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Eddie Murphy (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
David Garber (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mark E. Corry (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Rob Dames (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mark McClafferty (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mike Milligan (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jay Moriarty (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Leonard Ripps (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Clint Smith (2 episodes, 1991-1992)

B. Mark Seabrooks (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
David Garber .... producer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Shelley Jensen .... producer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mark McClafferty .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Eddie Murphy .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Annette Sahakian Davis .... associate producer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Leslie Ray .... producer (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
David Steven Simon .... producer (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Rob Dames .... co-executive producer (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Deborah Leschin .... producer (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Leonard Ripps .... co-executive producer (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Greg Antonacci .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1991)
Robert S. Costanzo .... co-producer (7 episodes, 1991)
Mike Milligan .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jay Moriarty .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Original Music by
Dan Foliart (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Cinematography by
Mikel Neiers (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Film Editing by
Richard Russel (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Casting by
Monica Swann (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Art Direction by
Bruce Ryan (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Set Decoration by
Bill Webb (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Makeup Department
Stephanie Cozart Burton .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Carol McCoo .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1991-1992)

Sheila Evers .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Madeline Cripe .... associate director (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Gail Liberti-Kennedy .... associate director (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Wendy Acey .... associate director (3 episodes, 1991)
Series Art Department
Wendell Johnson .... set designer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Sound Department
Wayne O'Brien .... sound editor (10 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob Lowe .... audio (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Special Effects by
Lloyd A. Buswell .... standby special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (1 episode, 1992)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Basta .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Vince Singletary .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Eric Clay .... video operator (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Rocky Danielson .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Diane Biederbeck .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1992)
Rick Caswell .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Casting Department
Helen Mossler .... original casting (14 episodes, 1991-1992)

Jen Friesen .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harold Crawford .... costumer / key costumer (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Aida Swinson .... costume supervisor (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Frances L. Young .... costumer / key costumer (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Editorial Department
Glen Rewal .... post production engineer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mark Switras .... post-production coordinator (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Music Department
David Allen Jones .... composer: theme music (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Other crew
Erin Braun .... production coordinator / assistant to producers (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Karen K. Miller .... script supervisor (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Sharon Morrissette .... assistant to producers (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Darice Rollins .... assistant to producers (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Gayle Yoshida .... assistant to producers (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mark E. Corry .... story editor (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Carrol Dorrian .... assistant to producers (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jodi Gomes .... production assistant (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Christy Hebble .... stage manager (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Billy Rollins .... production assistant (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Clint Smith .... story editor (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob Jones .... technical director (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Alisa Reynolds .... production assistant (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bruce Bryant .... main title designer (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
James Castle .... main title designer (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Warren Gray .... stage manager (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Joe Jennison .... assistant to producers (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Carol Johnsen .... main title designer (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jennifer Knight .... assistant to producers (8 episodes, 1991-1992)
Fred Johnson .... executive story editor (7 episodes, 1991-1992)
Perry M. Rein .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lisa Payne .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1991)
Mariannee Schwab .... assistant to producers (6 episodes, 1991)
Ed Tapia .... assistant to producers (6 episodes, 1991)
Marisha Breslow .... assistant to producers (6 episodes, 1992)
Rayniece Holmes .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1992)
Mike Patrick .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1992)
Michael Poryes .... story editor / executive script consultant (6 episodes, 1992)
Brian Scully .... creative consultant (6 episodes, 1992)
Mike Scully .... creative consultant (6 episodes, 1992)
Gigi McCreery .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lisa A. Bannick .... creative consultant (5 episodes, 1991)
Mike Milligan .... creative consultant (5 episodes, 1992)
Jay Moriarty .... creative consultant (5 episodes, 1992)
Redd Foxx .... executive consultant (3 episodes, 1991)
Robert S. Costanzo .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1991)

Ursula Brauner .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to Della Reese's autobiography, there was constant tension between Redd Foxx and the one of the producers. Reese feels this was due to racism on the producers' part. According to Reese, Foxx suffered his fatal heart attack immediately after an argument with the producer. Reese stated that the producer showed no sorrow or respect when Foxx was pronounced dead. An episode was shot which was a tribute to Foxx and his character but it was scrapped because the producers deemed it too sad.See more »
Kim:I wonder how I know when I'm gonna meet Mr. Right?
Victoria:Well, first off it's gonna be Dr. Right. And you'll know cause we gonna tell you!
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Does anybody remember this show from the early 1990's, 26 January 2011
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

From the previous comment about who else remembers this short-lived sitcom from the 1990's? For one,this was comedian-actor Redd Foxx's last time starring in weekly situation comedy-drama series. "The Royal Family" starred none other than the great Redd Foxx as Al Royal,who was a cranky Atlanta mailman looking forward to an active retirement with his loving,if somewhat contentious wife,Victoria(played by the great Della Reese). Everything changed however,when his daughter Elizabeth(Mariann Aaida)comes back home and announces she is getting a divorced from her husband Dexter. Al,who never liked Dexter,thought that was great news until he found out that Elizabeth was moving back home with her three children,the two sisters Hillary(Nava Rivera),and Kim(Sylver Gregory),and out of control teenage son Curtis(Larenz Tate). Elizabeth wanted to go on to medical school to pursue other opportunities. But as for the kids themselves,the teenagers Kim and Curtis was something Al couldn't take not to mention dealing with adorable little Hillary.

About the show...... Created and produced by the brainchild of actor-comedian-producer Eddie Murphy(who served also as executive producer of this series along with Greg Antonacci),the situation comedy "The Royal Family" lasted one season on CBS-TV from September 18, 1991 until May 27, 1992. Only 15 episodes were produced. Eddie Murphy wanted Redd Foxx back for this series with would be his comeback to weekly television,but it didn't last very long. However,Eddie Murphy worked with actors Redd Foxx and Della Reese before when the three starred together in the 1989 theatrical feature "Harlem Nights",which also starred Richard Pryor and produced and directed by Eddie Murphy himself. "The Royal Family" was Eddie Murphy's first attempt at doing a weekly television series,but this time around Eddie was behind the camera and behind the production as well. Not only that,but Della Reese and Redd Foxx had great chemistry together(when Reese was a guest star of Redd's show Sanford and Son during the 1970's)which made the show standout in some of the great episodes that Redd Foxx was in before his untimely death(Foxx was in episodes 1 thru 7 of the series).

On October 11, 1991,Redd Foxx suffered a fatal heart attack during rehearsals on the set. Having only completed seven episodes,the producers opted to end the series(without the proper consent of Eddie Murphy who was still the executive in charge of production). However,the series continued onward into production. The producers immediately added former "227" regular Jackee Harry to the series as Victoria's younger sister Ruth,who moved in to help cope with the family's sudden loss of there beloved family member. One of the best episodes from the series came from an episode titled "New Beginnings" that aired on 11-27-1991. In this episode,which was emotional brought back series characters that were featured. Among them were "Sanford and Son" alumni actors Bubba Bexley,Slappy White,Whitman Mayo,along with Lawanda Page. There were other great episode that had Redd Foxx in them,but the ones that were not ended up being the worst of the series,and it shows in episodes 9 thru 15(that ran from April 8, 1992 until May 27, 1992. The show was on Wednesday nights opposite NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries",and the short-lived children's romp "Dinosaurs!"(which was over at ABC). Out of all of the episodes of "The Royal Family",only two never aired during its original broadcast among them were the episodes "Cocoa in Charge",and "The Big Stink". In the final telecast of the series only two starring Redd Foxx aired. And why this show hasn't been seen since? "The Royal Family" remains one of the lost black sitcoms of the 1990's.

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