A young African American teen attempts to survive with his dysfunctional family and his all white school in the 1980s.

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 Julius (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Rochelle (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Drew (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Tonya (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Greg Wuliger (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Chris (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Joey Caruso / ... (54 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Ms. Morello / ... (48 episodes, 2005-2009)
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Motivated by his childhood experiences, Emmy Award-winner/actor/comedian Chris Rock narrates this very hilarious and touching story of a teenager growing up as the oldest of three children in Brooklyn, NY, in 1982. 1982 is the year that Chris (Tyler James Williams) turns 13. Filled with dreams of being a cool teenager, Chris moves with his family from the projects to the "Bed-Stuy: Do or Die" neighborhood. As the family's emergency adult while his parents are working, he's responsible for taking care of his younger brother Drew (Tequan Richmond), who's taller and more confident than Chris, and sister Tonya (Imani Hakim), who gets all the parents' attention. Chris' rough, cost-conscious father Julius (Terry Crews) works numerous jobs to properly support his family. Sassy mom Rochelle (Tichina Arnold) runs the household on a tight budget, is very strict, and works part-time in a small real estate office. With his mom determined to see him in a good school, though Drew and Tonya go to ... Written by Alex Madison <ThatSoRaven2905>

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22 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Chris Rock's real family had mom, dad, 6 other brother, 1 other sister, and himself. He said that using 6 brothers and 1 sister would've been weird, so he thought it'd be better to use some of his sibling's personalities to make 2 siblings for the show. See more »

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In many episodes, the adult narrator Chris makes references to 1990s and 2000s pop culture. The series is set in the 1980s, but the narrator is in the present day looking back on his childhood. See more »

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[repeated line]
Rochelle Rock: [after finding out Chris has done something wrong]
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Rochelle Rock: Chris!
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Referenced in Girlfriends: Everybody Hates Monica (2006) See more »

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Almost EXACTLY like the real thing!
3 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show had me laughing out loud in several spots throughout the season so far. It's set in Brooklyn in 1982 and follows Chris Rock and his Stingy penny pinching dad, his nickle millionaire mom, his younger "better looking" brother, and his bratty little sister as they try to fit in in a better neighborhood. It's not The Jeffersons, but more Good Times with most episodes covering conflicts within school or kid social interaction.

What really got me interested in this show is this: It reminds me of exactly the same thing I went through as a kid, except reversed. I was a white kid in a Ft. Worth, Tx. black school in 1982. Daily beatings were the norm. Just like Chris though, you grin and bear it and use it as a racial life lesson learned. Kudos Chris! Hope your show lasts a long time.


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