Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that ... a dream.

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 Michael Kyle (123 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Janet 'Jay' Kyle (123 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Michael Kyle Jr. (123 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Kady Kyle (123 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Claire Kyle (111 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Franklin Aloysius Mumford / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2005)
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Damon Wayans plays Michael Kyle, a man on a tragically funny quest for a "traditional" family. He's a not-so-modern man living in a very modern world. Can you relate? His stay-at-home bride (Tisha Campbell-Martin) became a stock market trailblazer. His only son idolizes gangster rap stars instead of him. His moody, adolescent daughter's two favorite hobbies are asking him for money and giving him grief. And his youngest daughter rarely lets her daddy have the last word. Perhaps after all of the chaos is over, he will realize that his dream of having a normal American family came true a long time ago. Written by Marek Horvat

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Andrew McFarlane has played two characters on the show, both Claire's boyfriend. He first appeared in the season 1 episode "Breaking Up and Breaking It" as Roger, Claire's boyfriend who was more interested in playing video games with Michael than being with Claire. He then landed the recurring role of Tony, Claire's religious boyfriend. He first appeared as Tony in the season 2 episode "Letting Go". See more »

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Michael Kyle: You getting high?
Michael Kyle, Jr.: No.
Michael Kyle: Why not?
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Featured in The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2001) See more »

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Not a classic, doesn't age well
7 January 2017 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is something I enjoyed as a kid when it first came out, but it's not the kind of thing you can watch over and over again and still like it. This is one of the TV shows that gets stale and annoying fast. It also falls into the trap of other black comedy shows, where it doesn't make an effort to be funny and relys on natural black humour as comedy. It's not funny. None of the characters are funny and the show heavily relys on the kids dumbness and the fathers despair as humour. But it just doesn't work. I don't know why it's still gets aired here in the UK, especially in 2017. It is done. It needs to go. It needs to be forgotten about, because this may have been entertaining in 2001 but the world of TV has changed a lot since then.


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