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


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Series cast summary:
 Julius (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Rochelle (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Drew (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Tonya (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Greg Wuliger (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Chris (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Narrator / ... (88 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Joey Caruso / ... (54 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Ms. Morello / ... (48 episodes, 2005-2009)


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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Release Date:

22 September 2005 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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After the first season, the show was picked up by The CW, which was created by the merger between UPN and The WB. See more »


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 »


Rochelle Rock: I'm gonna slap the black off of you!
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Referenced in Girlfriends: Everybody Hates Monica (2006) See more »

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A show that deserves a larger audience
18 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Airing on UPN, Chris Rock's "autobiographical" sitcom doesn't get the viewers that it so richly deserves. Besides being one of the best acted series in production today, the show has a stellar writing staff that supplies not only laughs but biting commentary about society, the mark of a good production team.

The performers are impressive, especially Tyler James Williams as the title character. His expressive face and on-time delivery makes him one of the best child stars in the business. The other kids in the cast (Taquan Richmond as younger, but larger, brother, Drew; Vincent Martella as Chris's friend Greg, and Imani Hakim as younger sister Tanya) are equally gifted, never appearing to be acting, just being youngsters.

Adult actors Terry Crews and Tichina Arnold as Chris's parents bring about the right balance of humor and authority to their roles. If there is justice in the Emmy Awards next year, Arnold should walk away with a statue.

Chris Rock's off-camera narration is another plus for the series, along with the musical soundtrack, featuring hit songs from the era.

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