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Martin (1992–1997)

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The random misadventures of Martin Payne, an abrasive, loud-mouthed (though somewhat insecure) Detroit talk show host and his assortment of friends and enemies.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Martin Payne / ... (132 episodes, 1992-1997)
 Gina Waters-Payne / ... (132 episodes, 1992-1997)
 Tommy Strawn / ... (132 episodes, 1992-1997)
 Cole Brown (132 episodes, 1992-1997)
 Pamela James / ... (132 episodes, 1992-1997)
 Stan Winters (55 episodes, 1992-1995)
 Shawn McDermott / ... (54 episodes, 1992-1994)


The random misadventures of Martin Payne, an abrasive, loud-mouthed (though somewhat insecure) Detroit talk show host and his assortment of friends and enemies.

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Release Date:

27 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мартин  »

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In the talent show episode, the song Gina performs "Push" is actually a single Tisha Campbell released. See more »


Martin: [about Cole's lousy new apartment] Cole, c'mon now! This place is so small, that you gotta go outside to change your mind!
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Referenced in Beat Street Resurrection (2016) See more »

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Better than 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'!
29 May 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

My oh my, where do I begin? It's just a real shame that this show never won any kind of Golden Globe or for that matter any kind of acknowledgment from mainstream Hollywood for the work that Martin did on this show. In case you've never seen Martin its about a rude, comical radio disk jokey (Martin Payne) who lives in a modest apartment in Detroit. He has his boys of course: the misogynist dingbat (Cole Brown) and the sensible (Tommy Strawn). Then there's the light of his life (Gina Waters) whose a boogie business woman who somehow finds Martin as irresistible as he does her. And then there's her partner in crime (Pamela James) whose a tough as nails sort of man-hater (especially when it comes to Martin). But the best thing about 'Martin' I would have to say is the all the multiple characters that he played, which I don't think has ever been done consistently by anybody on TV except Flip Wilson. Everybody gave great comedic performances though on here, and yes even apple head, I mean Tisha Campbell was good too. And the writing for each episode was also on point. '92-'95 I'd have to say were probably the golden years of 'Martin', but then between the forth and the final fifth season the show was clearly in trouble. Martin's personal life was attracting more attention than the show, and then came the rumors that he was sexually harassing Campbell. She left the show towards the last season and as a viewer you could see that there was definitely something lacking. I know I lost interest but tuned in for the final episode which was ridiculous because Gina and Martin were never in any scenes together. Like every series finale the Paynes moved to California and left 42 (that's the apt. #). But still 'Martin' has remained on the tube thanks to reruns and we can understand once again why this show had it all. **** all the way. I love you Martin!

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