Final episode date
8 May 2009
Chris RockAli LeRoi
Theme music composer
The CW, UPN
SitcomBlack comedySurreal comedy
Troubled teenage experiences of the life of Chris Rock
Tyler James WilliamsTerry CrewsTichina ArnoldTequan RichmondImani HakimVincent Martella
Everybody Hates Chris Theme Song
Chris Rock, Tyler James Williams, Terry Crews, Imani Hakim, Tichina Arnold
Everybody Loves Raymond, My Wife and Kids, Are We There Yet (TV series)
Everybody Hates Chris is an American period sitcom that is based on the troubled teenage experiences of comedian Chris Rock during the 1980s. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, though Rock was a teenager between 1978 and 1984, being born in 1965. Rock himself grew up with his best friend, Kenny Montero, whom he has often referred to as the inspiration for a lot of the episodes. In many of his interviews, Rock has described Montero as the reason he got into comedy in the first place. The show's title parodies the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
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In 2008, The CW moved Everybody Hates Chris and The Game to the Friday night death slot. The fourth season of the series premiered Friday, October 3, 2008, at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central. On May 21, 2009, The CW announced that it had cancelled Everybody Hates Chris. Prior to this, Rock announced that the end of season 4 matched up with his own past, dropping out of high school to become a comedian, and that it was time to end the show.
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Everybody Hates Chris received critical acclaim. The American Film Institute selected Everybody Hates Chris as one of the best 10 television series of 2007, stating that the show "provides a very real look at growing up in America – a challenge that demands a discussion of race and class often absent from television today." Everybody Hates Chris was named one of the Best School Shows of All Time by AOL TV. Common Sense Media's Marjorie Kase and Shanel Walker & Emily Kofoed gave the show 4 stars, and said it was "a prime example of how to take serious issues and approach them in a humorous yet thought-provoking way. The series is innovative, funny, and stereotype-defying – enjoyable for teens and their parents."
U.S. broadcast history
MTV, MTV2 & TV One
As of 2014 MTV has stopped airing Everybody Hates Chris. The show airs on MTV 2 at random times during the day and week.
As of 2015, Fuse airs the show at random times during the day and week.
The show airs regularly on broadcast TV during the week. The show was launched on September 7, 2009 on Nick at Nite, becoming the youngest syndicated show on the channel, beating George Lopez. The series has since expanded from Nick at Nite, and has joined sister network TeenNick, with the first run from July 18, 2011 to August 15, 2011. The show was then replaced by Zoey 101.
The show also airs Monday to Friday on YTV, at 12:00 AM. MTV2 also airs episodes of the show, usually in the early morning hours. It aired on TV One until 2016. Now, the series reruns on Up and Fuse.
Everybody Hates Chris won a NAACP Image Award for its writing in 2007. It has also been nominated for many Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. In December 2008, Entertainment Weekly lists the Kwanzaa episode from this show as seventh on the magazine's "Must List: 10 Holiday Things We Love."
Awards and nominations
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Everybody Hates Chris has been released on Region 1 and Region 2, also available on the iTunes Store.