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The PJs (1999–2001)

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Thurgood Stubbs lives with his wife Muriel in the housing project where he is the chief superintendent. The show, created by Eddie Murphy (who provides Stubbs' voice), follows the ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Muriel Stubbs (42 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Mrs. Avery (42 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Mr. Sanchez (42 episodes, 1999-2008)
 'Juicy' Hudson / ... (41 episodes, 1999-2008)
Marc Wilmore ...
 Walter Burkett (41 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Jimmy Ho (40 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Smokey (40 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Mr. Hudson / ... (40 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Calvin (40 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Ms. Mambo Garcelle (Haiti Lady) (35 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Bebe Ho (35 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (29 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Tarnell (28 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (2000-2001) / ... (27 episodes, 1999-2001)
 HUD woman (26 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Thurgood Orenthal Stubbs / ... (17 episodes, 1999-2008)


Thurgood Stubbs lives with his wife Muriel in the housing project where he is the chief superintendent. The show, created by Eddie Murphy (who provides Stubbs' voice), follows the adventures of the Stubbs family and the others in the building, animated through a process called 'Foamation.' Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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10 January 1999 (USA)  »

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PJs: The Projects  »

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Principle animation/photography was done at the now-defunct Will Vinton Productions in Portland, Oregon. Although injection molded foam characters had been in use for some time, this was the first time it was used for a series television show. This choice was an easy one, since character turnover and the less likelihood of damage to them if they were clay, as well as the tight production schedule made the production run smoother and more budget friendly. Will Vinton Prod. pioneered the Claymation and colored foam molding techniques. Like the Plasticine clay still used, the foam color is throughout, making repairs easier and less noticeable than in clay. If damage was severe to clay characters, a replacement was almost certainly needed, causing costly production delays and down-time. Foam core character could be made in quantities and various poses/facial expressions, so scene changes were fast and easier. See more »


Thurgood Stubbs: Halt! Who goes there?
Smokey: Not me. I went behind the dumpster, like a gentleman.
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"Once upon a time in the projects..."
11 July 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In one of the first of "The Simpsons"'s annual Halloween specials (incidentally, why is each episode referred to as "Treehouse of Horror" everywhere but in the on-screen credits?), we see a graveyard with tombstones for "Fish Police," "Family Dog" and "Capitol Critters," extremely shortlived shows that came up as a result of the first wave of animated shows in the wake of The Greatest TV Show Ever. "The PJs" would probably be included if such a stunt was to be tried again, but while many short-lived prime time cartoons deserve it ("Gary & Mike" and "Stressed Eric," anyone?), this one was more worthy of praise than most.

Set in the Hilton Jacobs Projects (the very name suggests the writers know their TV) in an unnamed city, this series focused on building superintendent Thurgood, wife Muriel, and the tenants - of which there seemed to be surprisingly few for such a big building; the series was fairly high on stereotyping with its characters (although one can't help noticing that one tenant, a Jamaican never clearly seen because of all his marijuana smoke, was soon dropped) and in the later episodes suffered from trying to emulate "The Simpsons" a bit too closely, and from shows like the spoof of season finales "Cliffhangin' With Mr Super" (that format doesn't really suit this show) ... the episodes where co-creator/executive producer Eddie Murphy didn't supply Thurgood's voice also suffered when Phil Morris subbed (it's impossible to not hear him and think "Jackie Chiles!").

But Will Vinton's Foamation technique, plus the simple fact that many of the shows actually were very funny, made up for a lot; the characters of Thurgood - loud, a couch potato ("Jack Lord is my shepherd, and I shall not want to turn him down!"), lazy, but still somehow likeable - and the others, plus the fact that every character got at least one story of their own, made up for the rest. (It's interesting that the most intelligent character on the show is Smokey, a homeless recovering crack addict.) The series may have been weighed down by the promise of its credits (former "Simpsons" writer Steve Tompkins co-created the show with future "The Bernie Mac Show" creator Larry Wilmore; Ron Howard was one of the show's eight (!) executive producers), but it was better than many similar live action shows; an underrated pleasure.


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