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Release Date:
10 January 1999 (USA) See more »
Thurgood Stubbs lives with his wife Muriel in the housing project where he is the chief superintendent... See more »
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 16 of 18)

Loretta Devine ... Muriel Stubbs (42 episodes, 1999-2008)

Ja'net DuBois ... Mrs. Avery (42 episodes, 1999-2008)

Pepe Serna ... Mr. Sanchez (42 episodes, 1999-2008)
Michele Morgan ... 'Juicy' Hudson / ... (41 episodes, 1999-2008)
Marc Wilmore ... Walter Burkett (41 episodes, 1999-2008)

Michael Paul Chan ... Jimmy Ho (40 episodes, 1999-2008)

Shawn Michael Howard ... Smokey (40 episodes, 1999-2008)

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Mr. Hudson / ... (40 episodes, 1999-2008)

Crystal Scales ... Calvin (40 episodes, 1999-2008)

Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Ms. Mambo Garcelle (Haiti Lady) (35 episodes, 1999-2008)

Jenifer Lewis ... Bebe Ho (35 episodes, 1999-2008)

Eddie Murphy ... Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (29 episodes, 1999-2001)

James Black ... Tarnell (28 episodes, 1999-2008)

Mark Moseley ... Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (2000-2001) / ... (27 episodes, 1999-2001)

Cassi Davis ... HUD woman (26 episodes, 1999-2008)

Phil Morris ... Thurgood Orenthal Stubbs / ... (17 episodes, 1999-2008)

Series Directed by
John Logue (8 episodes, 1999-2001)
Paul Harrod (5 episodes, 1999-2008)
David Bleiman Ichioka (3 episodes, 1999)
Sean Burns (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mike Johnson (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Marv Newland (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Bill Jarcho (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mark Gustafson (2 episodes, 1999)
John Payson (2 episodes, 1999)
Mike Dietz (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Kyle Bell (2 episodes, 2001)
Series Writing credits
Eddie Murphy (43 episodes, 1999-2008)
Steve Tompkins (43 episodes, 1999-2008)
Larry Wilmore (43 episodes, 1999-2008)
Bill Freiberger (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Saladin K. Patterson (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
David Flebotte (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ilana Wernick (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Leff (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jim Patterson (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Kyra Keene (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Janine Sherman Barrois (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Marc Wilmore (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Pepoon (2 episodes, 1999)
Lester Lewis (2 episodes, 2000)
Michael Price (2 episodes, 2000)
Warren Bell (2 episodes, 2001)
Dan McGrath (2 episodes, 2001)
Kriss Turner (2 episodes, 2001)

Series Produced by
Steve Tompkins .... executive producer (42 episodes, 1999-2001)
Tony Krantz .... executive producer (41 episodes, 1999-2008)
Eddie Murphy .... executive producer (41 episodes, 1999-2001)
Larry Wilmore .... executive producer (41 episodes, 1999-2001)
Chris Smirnoff .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mary Sandell .... producer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Les Firestein .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 1999)
Chris Plourde .... producer (11 episodes, 2000-2001)
Michael Rowe .... producer (5 episodes, 2001)
Bill Freiberger .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brian Grazer .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ron Howard .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
J. Michael Mendel .... producer (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Tom Turpin .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Will Vinton .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
David Flebotte .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Price .... supervising producer (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lester Lewis .... supervising producer (3 episodes, 2000)
Steve Pepoon .... consulting producer (3 episodes, 2000)

Donald R. Beck .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Warren Bell .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
David Bleiman Ichioka .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Rachel Walchak .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Marc Bonilla (43 episodes, 1999-2008)
Series Cinematography by
Eric Adkins (38 episodes, 1999-2008)
Tim McGilvrey (5 episodes, 1999)
Series Film Editing by
Cam Williams (14 episodes, 2000-2001)

David Massachi (unknown episodes)
Sarah Schubart (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Robi Reed (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Nelson Lowry (2 episodes, 1999-2000)

Paul Harrod (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Solomon Burbridge (9 episodes, 1999)
Series Production Management
James Belmessieri .... production manager (14 episodes, 1999)

Ollie Green .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Colin Thacher .... scheduling supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Amanda Bennett .... art department manager (30 episodes, 1999-2000)
Damon Bard .... sculptor (14 episodes, 1999)
Scott Foster .... character sculptor (14 episodes, 1999)
Matthew McKenna .... lead mold maker (14 episodes, 1999)
Polly Allen Robbins .... set designer (14 episodes, 1999)
Rob Ronning .... head of character fabrication (14 episodes, 1999)
Sean Bellows .... storyboard assistant / assistant storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2000-2001)
Ken Min .... lead storyboard artist / storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2000-2001)
Garrett Barati .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 2001)
Scot Phelps .... animator (4 episodes, 2000)
Series Sound Department
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (41 episodes, 1999-2001)
Travis Powers .... sound designer / sound effects editor (41 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer (14 episodes, 1999)
Peter Cole .... sound re-recording mixer (11 episodes, 2000-2001)
Dave Losko .... sound recordist (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Will Edwards .... adr engineer (3 episodes, 1999)

Wade Wilson .... sound editor (unknown episodes, 1998-2000)
Paul Andris .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
John Asman .... sound (unknown episodes)
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer / voice recording for claymation (unknown episodes)
Sam Black .... sound (unknown episodes)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Ken Kobett .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Eric Lewis .... assistant dialogue recording engineer (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Wareham .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Paul C. Warschilka .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Phil Guzzo .... compositor / visual effects (30 episodes, 1999-2000)
Damon Bard .... sculptor (14 episodes, 1999)
David Trappe .... motion control supervisor/operator (8 episodes, 1999-2001)

Steve Bailey .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Judith Holzman .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Scott Kravitz .... character animator (unknown episodes)
Wolfgang Maschin .... motion control camera operator (unknown episodes)
Richie Moore .... motion control camera operator (unknown episodes)
Tennessee Reid Norton .... stop-motion animator (unknown episodes)
Joe Reese .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Daniel L. Smith .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Thomas R. Smith .... animator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Garver .... camera operator (14 episodes, 1999)
Michael Earl Menlow .... assistant camera (14 episodes, 1999)
Ian Barrett .... assistant camera (11 episodes, 1999-2008)
Leonard Romie .... additional grip (8 episodes, 1999-2001)
Brent Lawson .... grip: rigging grip (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jeff Gardner .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Shawn Sundby .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2000-2001)

John Banholzer .... grip (unknown episodes)
Stephen MacDougall .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
John Nolan .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Kate Nagy .... technical director (41 episodes, 1999-2001)
Tennessee Reid Norton .... animator (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Dan Smith .... animation training (14 episodes, 1999)
Kevin MacLean .... animator (9 episodes, 1999-2001)
Joshua Jones .... animator (8 episodes, 1999-2001)
Dan Driscoll .... animator (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Bob Deaver .... animator (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Adam Pierce .... animator (4 episodes, 2000)
Scott Kravitz .... animator (3 episodes, 2000)
David Chartier .... animator (2 episodes, 2000)
Bill Mezzetti .... animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Edward Schofield .... animator (2 episodes, 2001)

Dielle Alexandre .... animator (unknown episodes)
John Averill .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kyle Bell .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kim Blanchette .... animator (unknown episodes)
Joel Brinkerhoff .... animator (unknown episodes)
Sarah de Gaudemar .... animator (unknown episodes)
Chuck Duke .... animator (unknown episodes)
Catherine Dunn .... animator (unknown episodes)
Wendy Fuller .... animator (unknown episodes)
Cameron Gray .... animator (unknown episodes)
Billy Greene .... animator (unknown episodes)
Alex Inman .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kim Keukeleire .... animator (unknown episodes)
Noah Klabunde .... animator (unknown episodes)
Misha Klein .... animator (unknown episodes)
Drew Lightfoot .... animator (unknown episodes)
Robert Melchior .... animator (unknown episodes)
Joe Mello .... animator (unknown episodes)
Jeffery Mulcaster .... animator (unknown episodes)
Lisa Mullins .... animator (unknown episodes)
Scott Nordlund .... animator (unknown episodes)
Brian Ormiston .... animator (unknown episodes)
Bartek Prusiewicz .... animator (unknown episodes)
Jeff Riley .... animator (unknown episodes)
Rob Ronning .... character fabrication supervisor (unknown episodes)
Brad Schiff .... animator (unknown episodes)
Christina Sells .... animator (unknown episodes)
Thomas R. Smith .... animator (unknown episodes)
Gabe Sprenger .... animator (unknown episodes)
Si Duy Tran .... animator / character animator (unknown episodes)
Suzanne Twining .... animator (unknown episodes)
Jason Vanorden .... animator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Yolanda D. Hunt .... casting associate (14 episodes, 1999)
Series Editorial Department
Michael Mintz .... senior colorist / colorist (41 episodes, 1999-2008)
Jon Weigand .... assistant editor (17 episodes, 2000)
Frank Robinson .... telecine colorist: Pinnacle Studios (14 episodes, 1999)

Jennifer McGarrity .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Joe Monteleone .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
George Clinton .... composer: theme (1 episode, 2000)

Quincy Jones III .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Marc Wilmore .... executive story editor / story editor (41 episodes, 1999-2001)
Christianna Reinhardt .... production assistant (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Dan Smith .... recruiter (14 episodes, 1999)
Jeff Martin .... executive consultant (10 episodes, 2000-2001)

Janine Sherman Barrois .... executive story editor (unknown episodes, 1998-1999)
Donielle Howard .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 2000-2002)
Jonathan M. Goldstein .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Shayne Lewin .... development (unknown episodes)
Stacia Loftness .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Leopoldo Marino .... systems administrator (unknown episodes)
Dean Miyashiro .... assistant to writer (unknown episodes)
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Will Vinton .... foamation designer (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The PJ's" - USA (DVD title)
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30 min | USA:30 min (41 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Although the PJs is modeled after the Brewster-Douglas public housing projects in Detroit, Michigan, the show takes place in the inner cities of Chicago, Illinois.See more »
Thurgood Stubbs:Whitney Houston, we have a problem.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012) (TV)See more »


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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Once upon a time in the projects...", 11 July 2003
Author: Victor Field from London, England

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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