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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A significant amount of the recurring characters are played by actors/actresses from notable African-American sitcoms. Tichina Arnold, who plays Rochelle played Pamela "Pam" James in Martin (1992). Antonio Fargas who took on the role as Doc in the show played Huggy Bear in Starsky and Hutch (1975) (which was mentioned in the show). Todd Bridges, who is most remembered as Willis in Diff'rent Strokes (1978), plays Monk. Ernest Thomas, known for his role as Roger 'Raj' Thomas in What's Happening!! (1976) and What's Happening Now! (1985) plays the funeral director, Mr. Omar. Jackée Harry, who plays Vanessa had a major role in two sitcoms. She played Sandra Clark in 227 (1985) (which show was also mentioned in the show) and Lisa Landry in Sister, Sister (1994).Jimmie Walker , who played Rochelle's father, was best known for playing JJ Evans on Good Times. (1974). See more »

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When Chris is in a local store, a new version of the Cheetos brand bag is visible when the show takes place years before the bag change. See more »

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[repeated line]
Rochelle Rock: [after finding out Chris has done something wrong]
[shouting]
Rochelle Rock: Chris!
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Funniest show on TV........period!!!!
8 October 2005 | by (philly) – See all my reviews

I've seen two shows and it is decided that It is my favorite comedy presently. I didn't even think I would like it. Pam is great in her understated role of Chris's mother. In actuality, no one really hates the boy, although it would be a comical spin seeing that there are some kids who teachers and neighborhood adults hate and chastise for no apparent reason. The father, best known as the Jungle Fever muscle man from White Chicks does his usual visual comedy. The theme song "EVERYBODY HAA ATES CHRIS" is adorable and peppered throughout the show at cliff hangers right before commercials. As the show gets slammed by critics I see it as a gem that appeals to me taste whereas Everybody Loves Raymond never did. I could so relate to the coach who heavily woos the young strapping buck to be the star player as it happened to me at age 9 with basketball 15 with wrestling and even 19 with the military track and field team. I was laughing out loud as the coach hunted him down. I look forward to seeing more episodes of this.


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