Country of origin United States
Theme song City Guys Theme Song
Composer(s) Joey Schwartz
First episode date 6 September 1997
|Created by Peter EngelScott Spencer Gorden(credited as "Scott S. Gorden" in opening titles)|
Starring Wesley JonathanScott WhyteCaitlin MowreyDion BascoMarissa DyanSteven DanielMarcella Lowery
Theme music composer Joey SchwartzEric SwerdloffMichael Muta-Ali Muhammad
Opening theme "Roll with the City Guys"
Cast Wesley Jonathan, Scott Whyte, Dion Basco, Marcella Lowery
Similar USA High, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Hang Time (TV series)
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The series was very similar in style to Saved by the Bell, but with an urban setting and more diverse cast. City Guys was mainly centered on its two main characters, Jamal Grant (Wesley Jonathan) and Chris Anderson (Scott Whyte), two teenagers from different backgrounds – Chris coming from a wealthy family, and Jamal coming from a working-class family – who had to stay on the ball while attending Manhattan High School (which was nicknamed in the series as "Manny High") and avoid trouble, while their principal Karen Noble (Marcella Lowery) attempted to keep them in line and out of trouble. Jamal's and Chris's similar personalities caused friction between them in the beginning, but they became best friends as the series went on. The boys and their friends – overachiever Dawn Tartikoff (Caitlin Mowrey), slick guy Al Ramos (Dion Basco), aspiring actress Cassidy Giuliani (Marissa Dyan) and dimwitted bully-turned-friend (who was held back six grades) Lionel "L-Train" Johnson (Steven Daniel) – dealt with the typical teen issues, such as cheating on tests, peer pressure, racism, and dealing with school violence.
The theme song for "City Guys" was written by Joey Schwartz, Eric Swerdloff and Michael Muta-Ali Muhammad and composed by Joey Schwartz (who also composed the incidental music used to denote scene changes and breaks in the program). The rap and R&B-infused theme included a chorus, "C-I-T-Y you can see why, these guys, the neat guys, smart and streetwise," which repeating twice consecutively during the beginning, middle and near the end of the song.
City Guys ran in syndication on local television stations throughout the United States from September 2000 to September 2004; Tribune Entertainment, which distributed the series(its corporate sister at the time, Tribune Broadcasting, incidentally, was the primary station group carrying the series), sold the series as a syndication package – alongside fellow TNBC Sitcom California Dreams – for stations to count towards educational programming guidelines set by the Federal Communications Commission. The series later briefly aired on BET for three weeks from October 2 to October 16, 2010.