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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 Narrator / ... (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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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Jacqueline Mazarella's role of Ms. Morello was originally only supposed to be for one episode and she had only one line. ("Hello, Chris.") But during her audition, she was encouraged to improvise and "flirt" with Chris. She impressed the producers so much that her role was expanded in later episodes. 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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Rochelle Rock: I'm gonna slap the black off of you!
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Great for kids and good for adults who can relate
28 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm in the same wavelentht with Chris, being 40 and busing to my own "Corleone JHS" mines was Brooklyn's Hudde JHS. In reality the crap that Chris would have endured would have been between 1978~80. The racial tension was heavier then. My 14 y/o son enjoys the show and so do I. Why do I think they chose to use 1982 as the main time line? Is because before 82' nothing was really going on in sense of music and fashion. We were more into the funky wear and funky music like the Commadores. Chris does a great job reminding us of what Brooklyn was like. I hope it stays on for awhile.

Do or Die Bed Sty! :)


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