Everybody Hates Chris

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Everybody Hates Chris
EverybodyHatesChrisposter.jpg
First promotional poster
Genre Sitcom / Narrative
Created by Chris Rock
Ali LeRoi
Starring Tyler James Williams
Terry Crews
Tichina Arnold
Tequan Richmond
Imani Hakim
Vincent Martella
Narrated by Chris Rock
Theme music composer Marcus Miller
Composer(s) Marcus Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Rock
Ali LeRoi
Michael Rotenberg
Dave Becky (all; entire run)
Howard Gewirtz
(early season 1)
Don Reo (seasons 2-4)
Location(s) Paramount Studios
Hollywood, California
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) CR Enterprises, Inc.
3 Arts Entertainment
Paramount Television (season 1)
CBS Paramount Television (seasons 2-4)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel UPN (2005–2006)
The CW (2006–2009)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original run September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) – May 8, 2009 (2009-05-08)

Everybody Hates Chris is an American tv show that depicts the troubled teenage experiences of comedian Chris Rock while growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager between 1978 and 1983. Rock grew up with a boy named 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. The show's lead actors are Tyler James Williams, Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim, and Vincent Martella.

In 2008, the 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.[1] 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.[2]

Characters[edit]

Plot summary[edit]

The series revolves around the experiences of Chris (a teenager based upon Chris Rock) living in 1980s Brooklyn in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant with his ill-tempered, loud, easily-paranoid mother Rochelle; lucky, admired, idolized younger brother Drew; cheap, workaholic father Julius, and spoiled, deceptive younger sister Tonya; all of whom domineer him in some way.

As opposed to the popularity and unlimited fortune and charm possessed by his brother, Chris's life is plagued by an abundance of disadvantages; he is mercilessly harassed by his bullying, racially-prejudiced schoolmates, the material items of his desires often cannot be purchased easily, his home life is often unpleasant, his grades in school are poor, he is avoided by girls, and resides in an environment populated partially by gangsters, muggers, thieves, and con artists.

Despite this, he is also commonly assisted by his almost-as unpopular, geeky, white, only friend Greg in accomplishing goals that he frequently sets for himself such as being elected class president or earning the money to purchase his desires, although episodes normally end with more misfortune and unhappiness for Chris as his plans often may backfire on him somehow or end with him receiving harsh discipline or a scolding from his mother, after which the chorus will sing, "Everybody Hates Chris..."

Reception[edit]

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."[3] Everybody Hates Chris was named one of the Best School Shows of All Time by AOL TV.[4] 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."

Broadcast history[edit]

U.S. broadcast history[edit]

UPN

  • September 2005 – May 2006: Thursdays 8:00 PM/7:00 PM (new)

The CW

  • October 1, 2006 – October 8, 2006: Sundays 7:00 PM/6:00 PM (new)
  • October 16, 2006 – March 2008: Mondays 8:00 PM/7:00 PM (new)
  • March 2008 – May 2008: Sundays 8:00 PM/7:00 PM (new)
  • October 2008 – November 2008: Fridays 8:00 PM/7:00 PM (new)
  • December 2008 – May 2009: Sundays 5:00 PM/4:00 PM (New)
  • September 2009 – present: syndication[5]

Nickelodeon (Nick at Nite)

  • Weekdays – 9:00PM & 9:30PM / 3:00AM & 3:30AM (syndication)

TeenNick

  • Weekdays – 11:00PM & 11:30PM / 3:00AM (syndication)

BET

  • Weekdays – 8:00AM & 8:30AM / 4:00PM & 4:30PM (syndication)

Up weekdays at 11:00 and 11:30

MTV & MTV2

As of 2014 MTV has stopped airing Everybody Hates Chris. The show would be played on MTV and MTV 2 at random times during the day and week.

TV One

As of New Year's Day, January 1, 2014 at the show was shown at 12:30/11:30c. Don't know when it airs on TV One!

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursday 8:00 PM September 22, 2005 May 11, 2006 2005–2006 #120 4.3
2 Sunday 7:00 PM (October 1–8, 2006) Monday 8:00 PM (October 16, 2006 – May 14, 2007) October 1, 2006 May 14, 2007 2006–2007 #137 2.7
3 Monday 8:00 PM (October 1–10, 2007) Sunday 8:00 PM (March 2 – May 18, 2008) October 1, 2007 May 18, 2008 2007–2008 #198 2.3
4 Friday 8:00 PM October 3, 2008 May 8, 2009 2008–2009 #176 1.7

Syndication[edit]

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. It currently airs on TeenNick weekdays in the 11 PM EST hour. The show also airs weekdays on BET. 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. Currently, it now airs on TV One (US TV network).

International broadcast history[edit]

Everybody Hates Chris is broadcast on the following stations (and many others) around the world:

Region Network(s) Regional Title
Arab World One TV Everybody Hates Chris
Albania Albania Koha TV / Comedy Central Te gjithë e urrejnë Krisin
Australia Australia Network Ten / The Comedy Channel Everybody Hates Chris
Austria Austria ORF 1 Alle hassen Chris
Barbados Barbados Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation / CBCTV CH8 Everybody Hates Chris
Belarus Belarus kuraj bombey / kuraj bombey Все ненавидят Криса
Belgium Belgium VT4 / La Deux Everybody Hates Chris (subtitled) / Tout Le Monde Déteste Chris (dubbed)
Brazil Brazil Sony Brazil / Rede Record / TBS Brasil Everybody Hates Chris (subtitled) / Todo Mundo Odeia o Chris (dubbed)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina FTV Svi mrze Chrisa
Bulgaria Bulgaria BTV Comedy Всички мразят Крис
Canada Canada Citytv, YTV (Currently, Tuesdays to Thursdays at 8:00pm–9:00pm ET), BET, KAYU-TV, WSBK-TV Everybody Hates Chris
Croatia Croatia Nova TV Svi mrze Chrisa
Denmark Denmark TV 2 Zulu Everybody Hates Chris
Ecuador Ecuador Ecuavisa Todos odian a Chris
Falkland Islands Falkland Islands British Forces Broadcasting Service Everybody Hates Chris
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Kringvarp Føroya Everybody Hates Chris
Finland Finland Nelonen Lapsuuteni Luuserina
France France M6 Tout Le Monde Déteste Chris
Germany Germany ProSieben, Comedy Central Germany[6] Alle hassen Chris
Hong Kong Hong Kong TVB Pearl 阿傑出少年/ Everybody Hates Chris
Hungary Hungary TV6 Mindenki utálja Christ!
Iceland Iceland SkjárEinn Allir Hötuðu Chris
India India Zee Cafe Everybody Hates Chris
Republic of Ireland Ireland TV3 Everybody Hates Chris
Israel Israel Bip, Channel 2 (Keshet) כולם שונאים את כריס/Everybody Hates Chris (translation)
Italy Italy Comedy Central Italy, Rai 2 Tutti odiano Chris
Jamaica Jamaica Television Jamaica (TVJ) Everybody hates Chris
Kosovo Kosovo Kohavision Të gjithë e urrejnë Krisin
Latin America TBS Very Funny Everybody Hates Chris
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Sitel (TV channel) Сите го мразат Крис
Malaysia Malaysia 8TV Everybody Hates Chris
Mexico Mexico TV Azteca Todos odian a Chris
Montenegro Montenegro TV IN
Netherlands Netherlands Veronica Everybody Hates Chris
New Zealand New Zealand C4 TV3
Norway Norway TV2 Norway Alle Hater Chris
Oman Oman Oman Satellite Channel Everybody Hates Chris
Peru Peru Sony Todos odian a Chris
Philippines Philippines Jack TV
Poland Poland Comedy Central Polska, VH1 Polska Wszyscy nienawidzą Chrisa
Portugal Portugal RTP2 / Fox Todos Contra o Chris
Romania Romania Comedy Central Romania Toată lumea îl urăște pe Chris
Serbia Serbia Prva Srpska Televizija Svi Mrze Krisa
Slovakia Slovakia TV Markíza Chrisa nemá nikto rád
Slovenia Slovenia Kanal A Vsi sovražijo Chrisa
South Africa South Africa SABC 1
South Korea South Korea FOXlife 크리스는 괴로워
Spain Spain FactoríaDeFicción Todo el mundo odia a Chris
Sweden Sweden TV4 Komedi / Comedy Central Sweden Everybody Hates Chris
Switzerland Switzerland TSR 1 (French part)

SF zwei (German part)

Tout le monde déteste Chris (French part)

Alle hassen Chris (German part)

Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago CCN TV6 (TV6) / Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) Everybody Hates Chris
Turkey Turkey ComedyMax Everybody Hates Chris
United Kingdom United Kingdom Comedy Central / 5* / Channel 5 / MTV Everybody Hates Chris
United States United States Nick @ Nite / BET (2009–present) / UPN(2005–2006) / The CW(2006–2009) Everybody Hates Chris
Uganda Uganda NTV Uganda Everybody Hates Chris
Venezuela Venezuela RCTV[7] Todos odian a Chris

Awards[edit]

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."[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Boldface type indicates a win.

2006 – Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Nominated)
2009 – Outstanding Cinematography for a Half-Hour Series – Darrian Jones for episode "Everybody Hates Back Talk" (Nominated)
2006 – Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series – Mark Doering-Powell for episode "Everybody Hates Funerals." (Nominated)
2006 – Outstanding Costumes for a Series – Kendra Long & Laura Haas for episode "Everybody Hates The Pilot" (Nominated)
2006 – New Series (Nominated)
2006 – Best Family Television Series (Comedy)
2006 – Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor (Comedy or Drama) – Tyler James Williams (Nominated)
2006 – Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor (Comedy or Drama) – Vincent Martella (Nominated)
2008 – Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor – Tyler James Williams (Nominated)
2008 – Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor – Vincent Martella (Nominated)
2006 – Outstanding Achievement in Comedy (Nominated)
2006 – Outstanding New Program of the Year (Nominated)
2006 – TV – Choice Actor: Comedy – Tyler James Williams (Nominated)
2006 – TV – Choice Actress: Comedy – Tichina Arnold (Nominated)
2006 – TV – Choice Breakout Show (Nominated)
2006 – TV – Choice Comedy/Musical Show (Nominated)
2006 – TV – Choice Parental Unit – Tichina Arnold & Terry Crews (Nominated)
2006 – TV – Choice Sidekick – Vincent Martella (Nominated)
2010 – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series – Tyler James Williams (Nominated)
2010 – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Tichina Arnold (Nominated)
2010 – Outstanding Comedy Series (Nominated)
2010 – Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Ali LeRoi for episode "Everybody Hates the G.E.D." (Nominated)
2009 – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series – Tyler James Williams (Nominated)
2009 – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series – Terry Crews (Nominated)
2009 – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Tichina Arnold (Nominated)
2009 – Outstanding Comedy Series (Nominated)
2009 – Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Ali LeRoi for episode "Everybody Hates Port Authority" (Nominated)
2008 – Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series – Ali LeRoi for episode "Everybody Hates Guidance Counselor"
2008 – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series – Tyler James Williams (Nominated)
2008 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Terry Crews (Nominated)
2008 – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Tichina Arnold (Nominated)
2008 – Outstanding Comedy Series (Nominated)
2008 – Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Ali LeRoi for episode "Everybody Hates Baseball" (Nominated)
2008 – Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Millicent Shelton for episode "Everybody Hates the Substitute" (Nominated)
2007 – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series – Tyler James Williams
2007 – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Tichina Arnold (Nominated)
2007 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Terry Crews (Nominated)
2007 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Antonio Fargas (Nominated)
2007 – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Whoopi Goldberg (Nominated)
2007 – Outstanding Comedy Series (Nominated)
2007 – Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Ali LeRoi for episode "Everybody Hates Elections" (Nominated)
2007 – Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Millicent Shelton for episode "Everybody Hates Valentine's Day" (Nominated)
2006 – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Tichina Arnold
2006 – Outstanding Comedy Series
2006 – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series – Tyler James Williams (Nominated)
2006 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Terry Crews (Nominated)
2006 – Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Ken Whittingham (Nominated)
2006 – Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical (Nominated)
2006 – Favorite New Television Comedy (Nominated)
2006 – Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form – Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement – for episode "Everybody Hates Basketball" (Nominated)
2006 – Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form – Music – for episode "Everybody Hates Halloween" (Nominated)

DVD releases[edit]

Everybody Hates Chris has been released on Region 1 and Region 2, also available on the iTunes Store.

DVD name Ep# Release date Technical details
Bonus features
The Complete First Season 22 October 10, 2006 4-Disc Set; Aspect ratio: 1.66:1; Language & Subtitles: English; Running time: 320 minutes
Everybody Hates the Making of Everybody Hates Chris; Everybody Hates the Set; Everybody Hates Video Cameras; Everybody Hates the Music; Everybody Hates Tichina's Theme Song; Everybody Hates Ali's Photos; Everybody Hates Bloopers; Deleted Scenes; Auditions
The Complete Second Season 22 October 9, 2007 4-Disc Set; Aspect ratio: 1.33:1; Language & Subtitles: English; Running time: 457 minutes
Everybody Hates the Cast and the Crew Again; Everybody Hates a Day in the Life of Tyler James Williams; Everybody Hates Mr. Omar's Women; Everybody Hates Vincent's School Tour; Everybody Hates Stand-Ins; Everybody Hates Caruso-isms; Everybody Hates Mrs. Morello's Racism; Everybody Hates Wardrobe; Gag Reel
The Complete Third Season 22 August 26, 2008 4-Disc Set; Aspect ratio: 2.35:1; Language & Subtitles: English; Running time: 320 minutes
The Complete Fourth Season 22 August 18, 2009 4-Disc Set; Aspect ratio: 2.35:1; Language & Subtitles: English; Running time: 320 minutes
The Complete Series 88 August 18, 2009 16-Disc Set; Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 ; Language & Subtitles: English; Running time: 1819 minutes
Same Bonus Features as the Individual Season Sets

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The CW announces fall schedule, Entertainment Weekly, 21 March 2009.
  2. ^ Kenny Montero Ending "Everybody Hates Chris" After This Season, ENEWSI.com, 24 April 2009.
  3. ^ "AFI AWARDS 2007". Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Best School Shows of All Time". AOL TV. Aol, Inc. August 26, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Breaking News - Award-Winning Series Everybody Hates Chris to Join Nick At Nite's Line-up, Fall 2009 | TheFutonCritic.com
  6. ^ "Alle Hassen Chris". Comedy Central Germany. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  7. ^ "Series". Rctv.net. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  8. ^ "The Must List: 10 Holiday Things We Love," Entertainment Weekly 1026 (December 19, 2008): 68.

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