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Everybody Hates Chris (2005)
Better Than the Cosby Show
I know all good things must come to an end, but boy do I miss this show. I really like that this show is able to deliver messages while being comedic at the same time. I do find it to be better than the Cosby Show. Yes you read right, I find it better than the Cosby Show. The reason I am doing this comparison is because many think the Cosby Show should be the standard of black sitcoms and every great one after should be compared to it. So I apologize firsthand for comparing black on black but I do want to offer my points and hope that all ethnic backgrounds will find my review useful.
Even though there are families similar to the Huxtables, I can relate more to Chris and his upbringing. I did not have a mother who was a lawyer or a father who was a doctor like on the Cosby Show. My parents were (and still are) blue collar workers who made an honest living trying to provide for their family.
I also like that on Everybody Hates Chris, the parents support their kids but they also teach them self efficiency. The kids on the Cosby Show were somewhat spoiled and very dependent on Cliff and Claire Huxtable. So if you had more of a tough lower middle class upbringing then you might relate more to this show.
Finally, the best thing I like is that there is a lesson learned at the end of every episode without the writers forcing it down your throat like some shows do. There is no sappy music with a studio audience "awing" to let you know that they're about to get to the moral of the episode. You understand the lesson as you watch it, and none of the actors on screen have to sum it up even though Chris Rock's narration does hint at the morals.
So overall I rate this family program a 10/10 for its comedy and life lessons. And it really should not be compared to the Cosby Show just because they both had predominantly black actors and actresses. This show is more comparable to The Wonder Years for those old enough to be familiar with that particular show starring Fred Savage. The only difference really is that Everybody Hates Chris is a bit less politically correct so you have episodes dealing with racism and frowned upon ways of "discipline".