The Game (U.S. TV series)

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The Game
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Mara Brock Akil
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Kurt Farquhar
  • Def Jef
  • James D. Joiner III
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 129 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Salim Akil
  • Kenny Smith Jr.
  • Erica Montolfo-Bura
Bylyn lewis
Producer(s) Dan Dugan
Editor(s)
  • owner

Travis G. Rendich

  • Timothy Mozer
Location(s) Atlanta, Georgia
Camera setup Single
Running time 22 to 24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)(2011–present)480i (SDTV)(2006–2009)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
First shown in April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17) 
Original airing October 1, 2006 - present
Chronology
Related shows Girlfriends
External links
Website

The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime schedule. Along with Runaway, it was one of only two series on the new network not to be inherited from either of its predecessor networks, The WB and UPN, during the network's first season. The series is a spinoff of the long-running UPN/CW sitcom, Girlfriends.

After three seasons, the series was canceled by The CW in May 2009.Stransky, Tanner (May 21, 2009). "INSIDE TV The CW announces fall schedule: 'Melrose Place' paired with '90210". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 22, 2013.  BET struck a deal with The Game's parent company CBS to develop new episodes of the series, relocating taping of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta,Murray, Jawn. "The Game Sitcom's Return On BET". aolblackvoices.com. Retrieved March 15, 2009.  and announcing its renewal at the April 2010 upfronts.Murray, Jawn (October 6, 2010). "BET puts sitcom back in 'The Game'". variety.com. Retrieved October 10, 2010.  The Game returned to the air for a fourth season on January 11, 2011,"'The Game': Season Four Starts on BET in January 2011 at 10 pm est". tvseriesfinale.com. October 12, 2010. Caramanica, Jon (January 7, 2011). "'Game' on: More Real Than Reality TV". New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2011.  with a record breaking 7.7 million viewers. The series was renewed for a fifth season (to consist of 22 episodes), and premiered on January 10, 2012. Tia Mowry-Hardrict announced on her Twitter that she will not be returning to the series. In June 2012, it was confirmed that actress Lauren London and actor Jay Ellis had joined the cast as series regulars.

In April 2013, it was announced that The Game has been renewed for a seventh season.Bibel, Sara (April 2, 2013). "BET Networks Announces New Programming Including 'Being Mary Jane' & 'T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 23, 2013.  Season 7 premiered on March 4, 2014.

On April 24, 2014, BET announced the eighth season renewal of The Game.Goldberg, Lesley (April 24, 2014). "BET Renews 'The Game,' 'Being Mary Jane,' 'Real Husbands'; Adds 'Book of Negroes' Mini". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 

Origin[edit]

With the growing success of Girlfriends, the series' creator and producers decided to capitalize on their success and create a second series that would serve as a spinoff. On April 17, 2006, an episode called The Game focused on a young woman who decides to put her pending career plans on hold for the rising success of her star athlete boyfriend. The character, Melanie Barnett, was introduced in the episode as the first cousin of Joan Clayton, Girlfriends' principal character.

The episode performed well and gained enough interest for The CW network to pick up the backdoor pilot as a new series for its fall 2006-07 primetime line-up. Originally, actress Renee Bruce was cast for the role of Melanie but was later replaced with Tia Mowry (of CBS Television Studios' own Sister, Sister fame). Before debuting on The CW, more cast changes occurred. Aldis Hodge and Jennifer Baxter, both of whom appeared in the pilot episode, were replaced by Pooch Hall and Brittany Daniel respectively. Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson were the remaining cast members.

Backdoor pilot[edit]

No. Airdate Title Overview
133* April 17, 2006 The Game Joan Clayton tries to persuade her cousin, Melanie Barnett, to pursue her career in medical school instead of putting her life on hold for her boyfriend, waiting for his career to kick off. Joan is the primary character of the now-canceled Girlfriends.

Synopsis[edit]

As the series premieres, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) is a first-year medical school student who has given up an offer of admission to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore to follow her boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall), a professional football player, to San Diego, against the advice of her parents. Derwin Davis is a first-year rookie with a fictional team called the "San Diego Sabers". As Melanie settles into her new life, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), the mother of Sabers' starting quarterback Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez), and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the then wife of Sabers' captain Jason Pitts (Coby Bell). As she learns to balance her new roles as both med student and the partner of a professional football player, Tasha and Kelly immediately warn her to keep a close eye on her boyfriend because of the numerous "gold diggers" who approach the professional football players. Over time the relationships evolves with the players and the significant others, leading to the series to more focus on their relationships and less on the sport.

Cast[edit]

Further information: List of The Game characters

Main cast[edit]

  • Wendy Raquel Robinson as Latasha "Tasha" Mack — Latasha Mack (generally known as Tasha Mack) is the mother of Malik Wright and begins the series off as his manager. Malik, giving his mother an ultimatum at one point, eventually fires Tasha. It is then that Tasha builds her own management company, Tasha Mack Management. She dissolves the company, however, to join Irv Smiff Management (ISM). In season three, she falls in love with former NBA basketball player Rick Fox, who also works for ISM. Tasha ends up getting fired from ISM, and dumps Rick in the aftermath, assuming that he knew all about Irv Smith's plans to fire her. In the season three finale, Kelly Pitts and Tasha have a falling out when Kelly discovers that Tasha set her then ex-husband, Jason Pitts, with his then new girlfriend, Camille. The altercation soon turns physical, Kelly punching Tasha. Season four started with Tasha as Derwin's agent. She had also begun dating a much younger man named Donté (played by former 106 & Park host Terrence J). In Season 5, Tasha decided to be celibate after a brief romance with a male escort (Carl Anthony Payne). She eventually falls for her longtime friend Pookie (Rockmond Dunbar). The Season 5 finale, her ex-boyfriend Rick Fox returns. In Season 6 she appointed herself Sunbeams president due to Jaz arguing with everybody with Tasha and Keira and Chardonnay.
  • Brittany Daniel as Kelly Pitts (starring season 1-3; recurring season 4, 7-present), - Kelly Pitts is the ex-wife of Jason Pitts, mother of Brittany Pitts, and former President of the Sunbeams. Kelly and Jason divorced at the end of season three. At the start of season 4, it is revealed that Kelly is now a reality TV star, with her own show centered around the ex-wives of professional athletes. Her character was bumped down to recurring in season 4, and her character was effectively written out of the show in season 4 after she stated to Jason that she needed to head back to home to her parents to find herself again. Daniel has since made no further appearances in the series. In season 6, Kelly is heavily mentioned by the remaining characters (especially Tasha). After being referred to a therapist by Kelly, Tasha reveals that Kelly has since moved to Paris. She made her return in season 7.
  • Hosea Chanchez as Malik Wright — Malik Wright is the San Diego Sabers superstar quarterback and the son of Tasha Mack. Arrogant and cocky, Malik initially begins the series as an immature womanizer. He falls in love with actress Robin Givens and convinces her to marry him as a publicity stunt. In the beginning, he lived with his mom but eventually gets his own place for the purpose of being able to party every night. He also fired his mom in season 2. In the third season, he finally meets his father and his half sister, Pucci, whom he tries to help with her singing career. In season 4, Malik is still a cocky, spoiled playboy who is sleeping with the wife of the Sabers' new owner (guest star Meagan Good). Malik gets incarcerated for assaulting a cop and DUI, and goes to rehab to solve his newfound problems. In rehab, he falls for a troubled supermodel Jenna Rice (Tika Sumpter). Season five, Malik goes toward financial issues and is forced to sell his multi-million dollar mansion and his cars. The Season five finale, Malik ends his relationship with Jenna. He seems to be getting his life together, but have converted back to his old ways.
  • Coby Bell as Jason Pitts (starring seasons 1-3, 6-present; recurring season 4-5) - Jason Pitts is the San Diego Sabers team captain and superstar wide receiver. He is the ex-husband of Kelly Pitts, whom he divorced in season 3. Jason and Kelly have one child, Brittany Pitts. Jason had a girlfriend briefly in season 3 (guest star Stacey Dash); however, he is single at the beginning of season 4. Jason is officially cut from the Sabers in season 4, and he becomes a correspondent on Benched, a sports news television series hosted by former NBA basketball player Chris Webber. In Season 5, he is a correspondent on his own show, The Pitts Stop and is in a romantic relationship with girlfriend/wife Chardonnay (portrayed by Brandy Norwood).
  • Brandy as Chardonnay Pitts (starring season 6-present; recurring season 5) - Chardonnay is a fiesty and sassy bartender. She and Jason met when he came into the bar where she works. Chardonnay refused to serve Jason and Jason ended up telling her boss, who fired her. Feeling bad after he got her fired, Jason takes her out to eat. They wind up in Tijuana. Jason gets drunk and Chardonnay ended up tricking him into marrying her to see if he really loves black women. They returned to San Diego and decide to get their marriage annulled. The Season 5 finale, Chardonnay and Jason decided not to go through with the annulment and stay married. Jason also bought Chardonnay her own day spa.
  • Lauren London as Keira Whitaker (season 6-present) - a former child star who starred in a fictional 'Cosby'-esque sitcom called Stuck Together. She is struggling to make the transition from child star to adult. Keira is one of the new characters that was introduced in Season 6. Her character does not replace Melanie, but is a new character added into the script. Her love intrest it Jay Ellis "Bryce Westbrook". The two meet at a party where they later hookup. After being shut down by Keira, Blue hooks up with Keira's friend Ciara.
  • Jay Ellis as Bryce "Blueprint" Westbrook (season 6-present) - a wide receiver and the first overall draft pick from Stanford who is highly educated and often the smartest person in the room. But even though he is bright, he is still a young man who has a lot to learn about life, love and himself. Blue is one of the new characters that was introduced in season 6. His character replaces Derwin Davis as a main character. Blue was traded from Baltimore to San Diego in exchange for Derwin. Although this would allow Derwin to be closer to his wife in Baltimore, the trade was not his choice.

Former main cast[edit]

  • Tia Mowry Hardrict (season 1−5)Gelman, Vlada. "It's Official: Game Over For Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall". TV Line. Retrieved June 10, 2012.  as Dr. Melanie Barnett-Davis, M.D. - Melanie Barnett-Davis is the show's main protagonist. In season one, Melanie is a medical student who gave up the chance to attend Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to move to San Diego with her boyfriend Derwin Davis while attending a less prestigious medical school in the area. Melanie is the cousin of Los Angeles attorney-turned-restaurateur Joan Clayton. In season 1, Melanie and Derwin break up due to Derwin's infidelity, which starts a series of ups-and-downs between the two. In the season three finale, Melanie finally marries Derwin during a private ceremony. In season 5, she decides to pursue her medical career and begin a residency program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Derwin was against it at first but eventually came around. In May 2012 Mowry announced via her Twitter account that she would not be returning to The Game in season 6.
  • Pooch Hall as Derwin Davis (starring seasons 1-5; guest appearance in season 6) - Derwin Davis is a wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers and husband of Melanie Barnett. In the season one finale, Derwin has an affair with Drew Sidora, and Melanie breaks off the relationship. In the season two finale, he finds out his ex-girlfriend Janay is pregnant with his baby. In the season three finale, Derwin's son is born and he finally marries Melanie in a private ceremony. In the fourth season premiere, there are some questions regarding the true paternity of Derwin's son. Derwin also emerges as a superstar player in season 4, getting numerous endorsement deals, including Nike, and becoming the new face of the Sabers organization. In May 2012, it was announced that Hall would not return to The Game for the 6th season; however in August 2012 it was announced that he would be returning, but Hall would only appear in one episode. In Season 6, Derwin was traded to Baltimore in exchange for Blue, who was chosen by Baltimore as the Number 1 Draft Pick. This allowed Derwin to be with Melanie, who is in Baltimore doing her Residency. The trade, however, was not planned by Derwin, but executed by the team owner because Derwin was responsible for the injury of former teammate and quarterback Kwan Kirkland.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Barry Floyd as Terrence "Tee-Tee" Carter - Malik's childhood friend, former assistant, and owner of Tee Tee's Cluck Truck. (Seasons 1-present)
  • Erica Gluck (Seasons 1-3) / Katlynn Smith (Seasons 4-Present) as Brittany Pitts - daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts.
  • Rockmond Dunbar as Pookie - Ex-con; Tasha's old friend and eventual love interest. He is the father of Tasha's newborn baby. (Seasons 3, 5-Present)
  • Jigga as Bibs - Malik's bodyguard. (Seasons 4-present)
  • Candice Patton as Tori - Malik's personal assistant. (Season 6)
  • LaMonica Garrett as Luke Rogers (Season 6)
  • Miranda Rae Mayo as Patreece Sheibani (Season 6)
  • Danielle Nicolet as Yana - A physical therapist who agrees to help Malik recuperate from his injured arm. (Season 7)
  • Carissa Capobianco as Nina - Malik's girlfriend; friend of Keira. (Seasons 6-Present)

Former recurring cast[edit]

  • Shanti Lowry as Dionne Marie Taylor - Derwin's publicist and Melanie's eventual roommate. (Seasons 1-3)
  • Bumper Robinson as Juvon Glenn - San Diego Sabers' Running Back and husband of Jazz. (Seasons 1-6)
  • P.J. Byrne as Irv Smiff - Owner of Irv Smiff Management (ISM). (Seasons 1-3, 5)
  • Gregory Alan Williams as Dr. James Barnett - Melanie's father. (Seasons 1, 3-4)
  • Claudette Roche as Grace Barnett - Melanie's mother. (Seasons 1, 3-4)
  • Tahj Mowry as Cameron Barnett - Melanie's brother. (Season 1, 3)
  • Drew Sidora as herself — singer; Derwin's brief love interest. (Seasons 1-2)
  • Rocky Carroll as Kenny "Coach T" Taylor - offensive coordinator of the San Diego Sabers; Tasha's brief love interest. (Seasons 1-2)
  • Caryn Ward as Erica Harrison (Seasons 1-4)
  • Kendra C. Johnson as Renee Royce - TV personality and one of Malik's love interests. (Seasons 1-2)
  • Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Trey Wiggs - Melanie's college friend and father of Melanie's aborted baby. (Seasons 1-2, 5)
  • Rick Fox as himself — former NBA basketball player; Tasha's co-worker and eventual love interest. (Seasons 2-3, 5-6)
  • Tae Heckard as Jasmine "Jazz" - the former Sunbeams President and Wife of San Diego Sabers' Running Back Juvon (Seasons 2-6)
  • Robin Givens as herself — actress; Malik's ex-wife. (Seasons 2-3)
  • Gabrielle Dennis as Janay Brice - Derwin's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son. In season 5, it was revealed that she is engaged to a man named Noah and decided to take her son DJ and move to New York with her fiance. (Seasons 2-5)
  • Lee Majors as Coach Ross - coach of the San Diego Sabers. (Seasons 2-3)
  • Mehcad Brooks as Jerome - Melanie's ex-boyfriend. (Seasons 2-3)
  • Jason Olive as McHottie - Melanie's love interest in medical school. (Season 3, 5)
  • Michael Boatman as Lawrence Chauncey Wright - Malik's father. (Season 3)
  • Lisa Tucker as Pucci Wright - Malik's half-sister. (Season 3)
  • Stacey Dash as Camille Rose - Jason's ex-girlfriend. (Seasons 3-4)
  • Michael Beach as Roger Keith - Owner of San Diego Sabers. (Seasons 4-6)
  • Terrence Jenkins as Donté - the younger ex-boyfriend of Tasha. (Season 4)
  • Chris Webber as himself — former NBA basketball player; Jason's co-host on the sports news television series Benched. (Season 4)
  • Tika Sumpter as Jenna Rice - Super Model; Malik met Jenna in Rehab; later Malik's love interest. (Seasons 4-5)
  • Meagan Good as Parker Keith - The wife of Roger Keith; had an affair with Malik. (Season 4)
  • Isley Anderson as D.J. - Derwin and Janay's son (Seasons 4-5)
  • Charles Michael Davis as Kwan Kirkland - the San Diego Saber's former quarterback. (Seasons 4-5)
  • Janet Varney as Summer Grayson - co-host of The Pitts Stop. (Season 5)
  • Ciara as Herself — singer; friend of Keira; she hooked up with Blue. (Season 6)

Special guest appearances[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Network Region 1
1 22 October 1, 2006 May 14, 2007 The CW September 1, 2009
2 20 October 1, 2007 May 18, 2008 January 19, 2010
3 22 October 3, 2008 May 15, 2009 July 6, 2010
4 13 January 11, 2011 March 29, 2011 BET December 6, 2011
5 22 January 10, 2012 June 5, 2012 December 4, 2012[1]
6 20 March 26, 2013 September 3, 2013 December 10, 2013[2]
7 10 March 4, 2014 April 29, 2014 TBA

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2006-07)[edit]

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1 1 "The Rules of the Game" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01) 2.60[3]
As a favor to Derwin, Melanie attends the first Saber Sunbeam meeting of the season, only to learn that unlike the wives, football players "girlfriends" are not considered legitimate and are treated as such by the other wives. On the same day, Derwin attends his first rookie seminar where he is given a lecture about gold diggers, STDs and is hazed by the other players. Later that night, Melanie and Derwin attend a party where Melanie learns the rules of the game.
2 2 "Away Game" Ted Wass Anne Flett-Giordano &
Chuck Ranberg
October 8, 2006 (2006-10-08) 2.69[4]
Derwin invites Melanie to his first away game in Miami, but due to her heavy school load, she decides to pass. When Tasha and Kelly find out she is not going, they persuade her to change her mind by telling her away games are a playground for cheating. Meanwhile, Derwin's teammates are upset that he invited Melanie and tell him he needs to un-invite her, fearing the other wives will use her as a spy.
3 3 "Gifted" Arlene Sanford Julie Bean October 16, 2006 (2006-10-16) 2.65[5]

When Melanie sends gifts to the football team on behalf of Derwin in honor of the first game, Derwin gets teased and his teammates Jason and Malik feel pressured to reciprocate. A gift giving competition ensues. Melanie sees the loyalty that Tasha and Kelly have to offer after her friend abandons her for Malik.

(Guest Star: Caryn Ward as Erica Harrison)
4 4 "How Tasha Got Her Groove Back" Salim Akil Sara V. Finney October 23, 2006 (2006-10-23) 2.48[6]
When Malik begins to have obvious disagreements with the Sabers' offensive coordinator, Kenny (guest star Rocky Carroll), he enlists the aid of his mother, Tasha. Sparks fly between the two, however, despite their different outlooks on where Malik's career should go.
5 5 "Brittany's Super Sweet Sixth" Arlene Sanford Erica Montolfo October 30, 2006 (2006-10-30) 2.85[7]
When Kelly's daughter (guest star Erica Gluck) tells her she wants an extravagant birthday party like the rest of her friends, Kelly approaches Jason for money and he refuses. Meanwhile, when Derwin beats Malik in a Xbox John Madden game, Malik takes the loss badly and repeatedly comes to Derwin for a re-match to redeem himself. Features Malik's first reference to Derwin's girlfriend as "Girl Melanie."
6 6 "Rift and Separate" Salim Akil Tim Edwards November 6, 2006 (2006-11-06) 2.86[8]
A minor argument escalates into a major locker room rift between Jason and Malik that affects their playing relationship on the field. The locker room tension spills over to Kelly and Tasha, leaving Melanie in the middle and in an awkward position when she insists that they all come to her house for a dinner party.
7 7 "Mi Casa Es Su Casa" Salim Akil Kenya Barris November 13, 2006 (2006-11-13) 2.43[9]
After Tasha embarrasses Malik when he throws a house party, Malik feels disrespected & throws Tasha out. Meanwhile, Tasha & Kenny argue over their relationship's secrecy, leaving Tasha to feel that she uses Malik to interfere with her personal life. Too Short guest stars
8 8 "The Trey Wiggs Episode" Ken Whittingham Kenny Smith November 20, 2006 (2006-11-20) 2.42[10]
When Derwin's image consultant (guest star Shanti Lowry), tells Derwin her idea to pair him with football player Trey Wiggs (guest star Chaz Lamar Shepherd), his former college teammate, he objects, saying he and Trey were more like rivals than teammates. Meanwhile, Derwin learns that Melanie had lunch with Trey, though she insists that it is strictly platonic. However when a local paper secretly photographs Melanie having a second lunch with Trey, things heat up.
9 9 "The Trey Wiggs Fallout Episode" Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Kenny Smith November 27, 2006 (2006-11-27) 2.83[11]
When Melanie realizes that Derwin is still upset about the bad publicity caused by her continuing friendship with an old football rival, she tries to find a provocative way to make it up to him. However, when Derwin refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem, Melanie calls her mother and starts packing her things. Meanwhile, Kelly and Tasha persuade Malik and Jason to talk some sense into Derwin.
10 10 "There's No Place Like Home" Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Kenya Barris December 11, 2006 (2006-12-11)
With Christmas approaching, the Sabers lose their final game and Melanie looks forward to going home to see her family and spending some quality time with Derwin. However, the Sabers soon discover they still have a chance at the playoffs, and Derwin asks Melanie to stay in town. When Melanie finds out the Sabers family is not interested in the holiday spirit, she decides to go home and spend the holidays with her family. Guest Star: Tahj Mowry
11 11 "It's Hard Being Kelly Pitts" Sheldon Epps Erica Montolfo January 22, 2007 (2007-01-22) 2.25[12]
When Kelly attempts to please Jason, take care of her daughter and impress Jason's parents who visit from out of town, she overworks herself and has a breakdown. Meanwhile, Malik starts to worry about winning the playoff game and enlists Derwin as his new practice partner.
12 12 "To Baby...Or Not to Baby" Sheldon Epps Jennifer Rice-Genzuk January 29, 2007 (2007-01-29) 2.27[13]
Melanie and Derwin discover that Melanie might be pregnant. Melanie realizes she is not ready for parenthood and puts off taking the pregnancy test. Excited about the possibility of a baby, Derwin plans to surprise Melanie with a half-time proposal during the game, but Melanie tries to stop him when she discovers she is not pregnant. Derwin proposes anyway and Melanie accepts, feeling pressured on national television.
13 13 "The Iceman Cometh" Arlene Sanford Tim Edwards February 5, 2007 (2007-02-05) 2.63[14]
Although the Sabers lose their game and are eliminated from the playoffs, Derwin's performance earns him the attention of a high-profile manager. Melanie is shocked when Derwin considers a proposal that he be traded to a team in Chicago. Meanwhile, Malik, taking the game loss really hard, decides to write a rap to vent his feelings, and Kelly and Jason try to hide their feelings about losing the game.
14 14 "Pro Bowl Blues" Salim Akil Chuck Ranberg &
Anne Flett-Giordano
February 12, 2007 (2007-02-12) 2.52[15]
When Jason doesn't get selected for the Pro Bowl game, he begins to question his future and starts planning for retirement. Meanwhile, Malik is selected for the Pro Bowl once again, but decides not to take Tasha with him to Hawaii, fearing she will embarrass him by trying to scout new clients.
15 15 "Out of Bounds" Salim Akil Hale Rothstein February 19, 2007 (2007-02-19) 2.28[16]
When Malik finds out that the love of his life, model/actress Eva Marcelle (guest starring as herself) is getting married, he decides to use up-and-coming singer Drew Sidora (guest starring as herself) to make Eva jealous. Learning that she has been used, Drew turns to Derwin as a shoulder to cry on. Later, Drew asks Derwin to be in her new music video and their on-screen kiss leads to more than he anticipated.
16 16 "Baby B.S." Salim Akil Julie Bean February 26, 2007 (2007-02-26) 2.47[17]
Kelly is happy when she finds out Jason wants to have another baby. But when Tasha offers her a job at her management firm, Kelly has a quick change of heart. Meanwhile, when R&B singer Drew Sidora starts calling Derwin on a consistent basis, he realizes their recent flirtation has gone a step too far.
17 17 "God Bless the Girl That's Got Her Own" Chuck Ranberg Chuck Ranberg &
Anne Flett-Giordano
March 19, 2007 (2007-03-19) 2.14[18]
When Melanie gives temporary shelter to a Sunbeam whose boyfriend has left her high and dry, Melanie begins to feel uncomfortable about being completely dependent on Derwin for financial security.
18 18 "You Say You Want a Revolution" Vito Giambalvo Tim Edwards March 26, 2007 (2007-03-26) 2.37[19]
When Camille (guest star Jolie Jenkins), the wife of the newest star Saber, joins the Sunbeams, she decides to run against Kelly for president. Kelly expects Tasha to vote for her, however Tasha would rather have Kelly devote her full time to being her assistant. Meanwhile, Malik, Jason and Derwin have trouble getting along with the new Saber defensive star Ty (guest star Nick Von Esmarch).
19 19 "The Big Chill" Salim Akil Sara V. Finney April 23, 2007 (2007-04-23) 2.55[20]
Tasha's boyfriend Kenny (guest star Rocky Carroll) confronts her about her aggressive attitude, and asks her to tone it down when he introduces her to his group of friends. Later, during a gathering with Kenny's friends, a comment made about Tasha sends her off the deep end. Meanwhile, one of Melanie's late-night study sessions causes problems with Derwin.
20 20 "The Many Lies of Derwin Davis" Salim Akil Kenny Smith April 30, 2007 (2007-04-30) 2.41[21]
When Derwin is unexpectedly forced to take Melanie to singer Drew Sidora's (guest starring as herself) video release party, he panics over how the meeting between them is going to turn out. Kelly and Tasha continue to grow in their work relationship, while Tasha has trouble finding new clients. Meanwhile Jason struggles with his new parenting responsibilities.
21 21 "When the Chickens Come Home to Roost, Part 1" Salim Akil Salim Akil &
Mara Brock Akil
May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14) 2.51[22]
During ESPY week in Los Angeles, Derwin gets an unexpected endorsement deal and is left to celebrate with Drew Sidora (guest starring as herself), while Melanie is busy studying in San Diego. Malik runs into Renee (guest star Kendra C. Johnson) an old flame, but when things heat up and she wants to spend time with him in public, he gets cold feet because she is overweight. Feeling conflicted, Malik asks Tasha for advice to sort out his feelings about Renee.
22 22 "When the Chickens Come Home to Roost, Part 2" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil &
Salim Akil
May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14) 2.51[22]
In the conclusion of the first-season finale, Melanie and Derwin have a heated argument about their impending engagement status. Derwin sleeps with Drew, then confesses to Jason & says he must inform Melanie, which he goes back to San Diego & does. Melanie is outraged at first, but forgives Derwin after he says they just kissed. Meanwhile, Jason gets a reality check when he is asked to speak on camera and conduct special interviews for ESPN. Later, Kelly helps Tasha get new clients by using an unusual sales technique. In the last scene, we see Melanie walking when she is over-hearing Dionne telling Derwin, she knows about him sleeping with Drew Sidora. Melanie takes off the ring before getting in the elevator while telling him it's over.

Season 2 (2007-08)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
23 1 "Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Redux" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01) 2.98[23]
Derwin tries to repair his relationship with Melanie after his infidelity with Drew Sidora. But when Melanie shows up with Trey Wiggs (guest star Chaz Lamar Shepherd and Kadiatou Fofana) to collect her stuff and move out for good, Derwin gets upset. Amanda also struggles with her relationship, and questions Ke's love for her. Meanwhile, Malik's on-air kiss with Renee starts a frenzy of plus-sized women throwing themselves at him.
24 2 "The Trey Wiggs Taps Back Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith October 8, 2007 (2007-10-08) 2.86[24]
Homeless, heartbroken, and distraught, Melanie turns to Derwin's rival, Trey Wiggs, for comfort. Trey offers Melanie financial assistance, and after a brief embrace she sleeps with him. After the encounter, Melanie is confused on whether or not to accept his offer of a fully furnished condo and new SUV. Meanwhile, Jason butts heads with the new coach (Lee Majors) when the Sabers football team is sold to new owners.
25 3 "Tasha, Renee and Malik the Cliche" Salim Akil Julie Bean October 15, 2007 (2007-10-15) 2.68[25]
When Renee is unable to engage in romantic rendezvous with Malik after he invites her over and she learns that he lives with his mother; it prompts Malik to ask Melanie for advice, and eventually explain to Tasha that they need alternate their living arrangements. Meanwhile, Jason makes a far-out attempt to make peace with his new coach by hosting bible study for the team at his house.
26 4 "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" Salim Akil Elaine Aronson October 22, 2007 (2007-10-22) 2.61[26]
Kelly convinces Jason to let her brother Brandon, recently out of rehab, stay with them. Later, Brandon catches Jason using steroids and promises to keep Jason's secret but when Kelly finds a syringe in the trash, she automatically suspects Brandon is back to his old ways and kicks him out of their home. Scott Michael Foster guest stars.
27 5 "Fool Me Twice... I'm the Damn Fool" Salim Akil Kenya Barris October 29, 2007 (2007-10-29)
After Melanie agrees to go out to dinner with Derwin, things take a turn for the worse when Melanie sees Drew kiss Derwin at the Music Video Awards. Melanie is distraught, but Malik encourages her to go on the date. Derwin decides to plan a surprise proposal with the help of R&B singer Musiq Soulchild, but Melanie believes he is still with Drew after Drew texts him. Assuming that she has been fooled again by Derwin, an intoxicated Melanie decides to get payback and tries to sleep with Malik.
28 6 "Parental Guidance Suggested" Salim Akil Tim Edwards November 5, 2007 (2007-11-05) 2.26[27]
Melanie makes Derwin think she slept with Malik, causing problems between the two; Tasha informs Melanie she has one month to find a new place to live, but forces her out after the incident. Elsewhere, Jason's steroid use causes trouble in the bedroom, and in his relationship.
29 7 "Media Blitz" Salim Akil Hale Rothstein November 12, 2007 (2007-11-12) 2.55[28]
Malik confronts a cartoonist for ridiculing him in a comic strip. Elsewhere, Kelly threatens to leave Jason for someone who will appreciate her; and Tasha meditates with a top football player in an effort to sign him to her agency. Lil' Kim guest stars.
30 8 "The Truth Hurts" Salim Akil Sara Finney-Johnson November 19, 2007 (2007-11-19) 2.35[29]
Malik fires Tasha as his manager after her failed attempt to resolve the embarrassing situation he was involved in. Elsewhere, Jason worries his career may be over when he is selected for a random drug test for steroids; and a rival sports manager offers to buy Tasha's agency.
31 9 "Turkey Basting Bitches" Salim Akil Erica D. Montolfo November 26, 2007 (2007-11-26) 2.80[30]
Melanie is shocked when Derwin brings a new girlfriend to the diner where she is working. Later, Melanie discovers some surprising information about the woman and shares it with Derwin, but he doesn't believe her.
32 10 "The Ghost of Derwin Past" Salim Akil Erica D. Montolfo December 10, 2007 (2007-12-10) 2.42[31]
Melanie stays in San Diego to spend the holidays with Dionne after learning that she's all alone, but when Dionne resurrects an ad deal with Derwin, she abandons Melanie to go to St. Barts with him and some ad execs, all before Derwin abandons Dionne.
33 11 "Je-Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" Salim Akil Jenifer Rice-Genzuk February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04) 2.11[32]
Melanie starts dating a new guy and he takes her to a Sabers game, not knowing that she used to date Derwin; Melanie doesn't know the guy is just using her to land a deal with his company, and make him look good. Tasha tries to land an endorsement deal for Malik to get him back as a client, but it backfires. Kelly sees an open opportunity and Jason gets picked for the endorsement deal.
34 12 "Take These Vows and Shove 'Em" Salim Akil Jennifer Rice-Genzuk March 23, 2008 (2008-03-23)
Kelly takes Brittany and leaves Jason when he refuses to stop taking steroids. After a talk with Tasha, Jason realizes the sacrifice he needs to make & asks Kelly back, but not before she tells him they need to go to therapy; Derwin tries to impress a pretty woman but she sees through his facade.
35 13 "The List Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith March 30, 2008 (2008-03-30)
Malik is set up on a date with a mean tennis pro (Serena Williams). While Malik tries to control her, Tasha attempts to sign her as a client; Derwin starts dating a woman he met at Malik's party. (Guest star Gabrielle Dennis).
36 14 "White Men Can't Jump, But They're Definitely Packing" Salim Akil Sara Finney-Johnson April 6, 2008 (2008-04-06)
Tasha goes out drinking with her new coworkers and is insulted when one of the managers flashes her; Kelly and Jason see a marriage counselor, but the therapist is a huge fan of Jason's, who uses his charm to make the therapist see things his way; Derwin's teammates trick him into getting a tattoo.
37 15 "The Commitments" Lenny Garner Julie Bean April 13, 2008 (2008-04-13)
Melanie pulls back when her relationship with Jerome starts to heat up, but she changes her mind when she discovers that Derwin's new girlfriend has moved in with him. Elsewhere, Jason learns he is going to be benched for the next game due to his recent poor performance on the field.
38 16 "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" Lenny Garner Tim Edward Rhoze April 20, 2008 (2008-04-20)
When Derwin injures himself in a big playoff game, Jason has to step in and fill his shoes for the Super Bowl, but he has conflicted feelings about the situation. Meanwhile, after a heated, passionate kiss with Derwin, Melanie feels torn between Derwin and Jerome, and Derwin also has conflicting feelings with Janay & Melanie. Derwin watches while the Sabers win the Super Bowl.
39 17 "Before the Parade Passes By" Lenny Garner Elaine Aronson April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27)
Melanie tries to convince Derwin to attend a victory parade for the Sabers. He reluctantly agrees but ends up running into Janay (guest star Gabrielle Dennis), who decides to put his feelings for Melanie to the test. Meanwhile, Jason is upset that he hasn't received a contract.
40 18 "The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away" Lenny Garner Kenya Barris May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04)
Malik begins dating Robin Givens (guest starring as herself) and soon realizes that his methods to dating may have been working against him. Meanwhile, Jason suffers from depression after the championship.
41 19 "I Got 99 Problems and My Chick is One" Salim Akil Hale Rothstein May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)
After Melanie accepts a gift from Derwin, Jerome (Mehcad Brooks) begins to question her commitment to their relationship. Melanie tries to throw his questioning by planning a romantic get away trip in Los Angeles but her plans go awry once she realizes that the Sabers are celebrating in the same hotel that they are staying in. Derwin and Malik commiserate over losing Melanie and Robin Givens respectively. Tasha gets upset when she learns that Rick Fox (guest starring as himself) is being promoted to manager and she ends up sharing an intimate moment with him. Meanwhile, after firing his manager, Kelly tries to convince Jason to sign with Irv.
42 20 "Baby Come Back" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
The new general manager of the Sabers seems more interested in getting to know Kelly than making a new deal with Jason. Kelly realizes that her marriage to Jason cannot be saved. After tracking down Melanie to confess his love for her, Derwin ends up in a fight with Jerome. Malik also confesses his love for Robin Givens, who reveals she doesn't like him back. Derwin finds out that his ex-girlfriend Janay is supposedly pregnant with his child, and Melanie is seen standing outside his door.

Season 3 (2008-09)[edit]

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43 1 "Baby on Board" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03) 1.95[33]
After Melanie confesses to Derwin that she is still in love with him, Derwin shocks her with the news that Janay might be pregnant with his child. Kelly enlists help from her obnoxious parents, Bren and Nick (guest stars Lee Garlington and Don McManus), to keep Jason out of her life. Meanwhile, Malik is freaked out about his mom finding out that he married Robin Givens. Rudy Gay guest stars.
44 2 "Mel-odrama" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil October 10, 2008 (2008-10-10) 1.80[34]
Suspecting foul play, Melanie decides to confront Janay and figure out whether she's really pregnant with Derwin's baby. Kelly, who is still trying to come to terms with her separation from Jason, plans a girls' night out with Tasha and Melanie. Tasha finally tracks down Malik and he is finally forced to confess his big news to his mother.
45 3 "Just When I Thought I Was Out...She Pulls Me Back In" Salim Akil Hale Rothstein October 17, 2008 (2008-10-17) 1.81[35]
Although Rick Fox is crazy about Tasha and more than ready to go public with their new romance, Tasha borderlines on obsessive in her attempt to keep their relationship a secret from their co-workers. Malik begins to realize that his marriage may never have a happy-ever-after when Robin Givens seems more intent on getting publicity for their celebrity marriage than on spending time together as newlyweds. Melanie and Derwin try to resume their sex life, but Derwin's stress about becoming a father may prove to be too big of a hurdle for the couple to overcome.
46 4 "Just the Three of Us" Salim Akil Elaine Aronson October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24) 1.75[36]
Melanie feels jealous after Derwin goes with Janay to her first pregnancy appointment. Meanwhile, Kelly decides that it's time for her and Jason to talk to Brittany about their separation. Jason, however, refuses to do so, leaving Kelly confused about what to do next regarding the issue.
47 5 "A Delectable Basket of Treats" Salim Akil Kenya Barris October 31, 2008 (2008-10-31) 1.25[37]
Hoping to get more publicity for their celebrity marriage, Robin Givens and Malik plan a belated wedding reception, but Tasha decides to boycott the party since she believes their marriage is a sham and won't support it. At the reception, Derwin and Melanie must face the reality of their complicated relationship after many people mistakenly congratulate Melanie on her pregnancy. Meanwhile, Rick Fox reluctantly introduces Tasha to his overly protective mother (guest star Penny Marshall), causing fireworks to ensue between the two headstrong women.
48 6 "The Platski Thickens" Salim Akil Jennifer Rice-Genzuk November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07) 1.67[38]
Attempting to move forward with her life after splitting with Jason, Kelly decides to plan a fun evening out on the town with her high school girlfriends, but leaving her "Mrs. Jason Pitts" past behind her proves tougher than she ever imagined. Jason is also attempting to forget about his troubles with Kelly by going to one of Malik's infamous wild parties, but the next morning he has a whole lot more to regret than having one too many drinks.
49 7 "White Coats and White Lies" Salim Akil Erica Montolfo November 14, 2008 (2008-11-14) 1.69[39]
Melanie reluctantly turns to her parents for financial help when she learns that her grant money to cover for her tuition has been revoked and she has been placed on academic probation, Meanwhile, Derwin learns bad news from Irv about his contract negotiations. Tasha and Malik are shocked to learn that her boyfriend Rick and Malik's wife Robin, were once in a relationship; and Kelly goes on her first date since separating from Jason. Melanie and Derwin have a heated argument over Derwin's favoritism for his "son" over her, resulting in Melanie leaving.
50 8 "The Side Part, Under Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith November 21, 2008 (2008-11-21) 1.57[40]
After the heated argument with Derwin, Melanie concentrates on her work at the hospital, where she becomes attracted to a handsome man (guest star Jason Olive) and after receiving advice from a patient, works things out with Derwin.
51 9 "Oh, What A Night" Debbie Allen Sara Finney-Johnson November 28, 2008 (2008-11-28) 1.50[41]
Tasha, being insecure, worries that her relationship with Rick Fox has no future so she starts playing the field. Melanie struggles with her relationships. Jason tries to repair his relationship with his daughter Brittany, who blames her father for her parents pending divorce.
52 10 "The Negotiation Episode" Eric Laneuville Kenny Smith January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09) 1.36[42]
Jason tries to win Kelly back and put an end to her divorce talk; Malik grows tired of keeping up the charade of his fake marriage to Robin Givens when she tells him to stop seeing other women.
53 11 "Insert Car Here" Mary Lou Belli Erica Montolfo January 16, 2009 (2009-01-16) 1.58[43]
Jason gets jealous when he sees Kelly on a date; Tasha faces her insecurities in her relationship with Rick Fox; Melanie searches for ways to connect with Derwin that don't involve physical intimacy.
54 12 "Stay Fierce, Malik" Salim Akil Eric Lev January 23, 2009 (2009-01-23) 1.65[44]
Robin Givens implies that Malik is gay on national TV and that it's the reason for their breakup. Malik is then teased by his teammates and discovers one player is actually gay after an incident at Malik's house, but is afraid to come out. Meanwhile, Derwin finds out Melanie was sleeping with a doctor at the hospital where she works.
55 13 "Do The Wright Thing" Salim Akil Jeremy Howe January 30, 2009 (2009-01-30) 1.83[45]
Malik is invited to appear on a children's TV show, but the offer is suddenly withdrawn when team officials determine that his outing of a fellow player is bad publicity for the organization. Malik eventually appears on the show and learns a valuable lesson himself.
56 14 "Punk Ass Chauncey" Salim Akil Kenya Barris March 13, 2009 (2009-03-13) 1.52[46]
Malik meets his father Chauncey (guest star Michael Boatman) for the first time. Meanwhile, Derwin and Janay rethink their relationship just as they are about to become parents, which isn't good news to Melanie.
57 15 "Take a Bow" Salim Akil Hale Rothstein March 20, 2009 (2009-03-20) 1.81[47]
Tasha tries to prevent Rick from losing his job; Malik becomes obsessed with learning everything he can about his father and why they were apart for years; Melanie questions why Derwin is back together with Janay.
58 16 "Truth and Consequences" Salim Akil Sara Finney-Johnson March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27) 1.97[48]
After Kelly betrays Tasha at work, Tasha gets her revenge by introducing Jason to a gorgeous TV personality (guest star Stacey Dash). Rick informs Tasha he's working at ISM in Miami just as Tasha wants to hook up again.
59 17 "Hill Street Blues" Salim Akil Jenifer Rice-Genzuk April 3, 2009 (2009-04-03) 1.82[49]
Janay's ex-boyfriend (guest star Hill Harper) (appearing as himself) visits while on a book tour and it makes Derwin jealous; Melanie feels blue and seeks comfort in the arms of her cable guy (guest star Mowry's Husband Cory Hardrict).
60 18 "The Third Legacy" Salim Akil Eric Lev April 24, 2009 (2009-04-24) 1.83[50]
Malik meets his half-sister, Pucci (guest star Lisa Tucker), and sees an unmistakably familiar tattoo on her lower back, causing him to wonder whether they may have slept together before they knew they were related. Tasha meets Chauncey's wife, Sheila (guest star Tasha Smith), and realizes that Chauncey married someone who could be Tasha's twin.
61 19 "Put a Ring on It" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil May 1, 2009 (2009-05-01) 1.79[51]
After breaking up with Janay once more, Derwin proposes to Melanie and she accepts after trying to rationalize; Tasha and Kelly throw an engagement party for Melanie and Derwin, but unfortunately, the festivities doesn't run as smoothly as Melanie would have hoped. Jason brings Camille to the engagement party, forcing Kelly to come to terms with her ex's new relationship. Tasha feels awful knowing that she was the person who set Jason up with Camille and that she is keeping that secret from Kelly.
62 20 "The Fall of the Roman" Salim Akil Elaine Aronson May 8, 2009 (2009-05-08) 1.81[52]
Jason decides he's ready to introduce his daughter, Brittany, to his new girlfriend, Camille, and Kelly reluctantly agrees. Roman believes he should meet Brittany too, but Kelly feels she isn't ready for him to meet her. But Roman unexpectedly shows up to Brittany's soccer game. After the game, Kelly sparks an argument with Roman about meeting Brittany. Roman grabs Kelly's arm, which instantly makes Brittany call her father. Jason shows up and Roman makes a rude remark by saying 'Well screw your daughter' which causes Jason to punch Roman in the face. They begin fighting and Jason breaks Roman's nose with a glass structure. Melanie unintentionally finds the perfect wedding dress while shopping with Tasha, but hesitates about buying it. Derwin and Malik find her with the dress at the store and Derwin buys it for her. Derwin goes to Melanie's parents for their blessing on his and Melanie's wedding but her mother, Grace, is appalled and smacks Derwin repeatedly while her son, Cameron, records it. After a minor argument with Derwin, Melanie calls her parents and informs them there will be a wedding, with or without them.
63 21 "I Want It All and I Want It Now" Salim Akil Erica Montolfo &
Kenny Smith
May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15) 1.78[53]
After Janay has a false alarm, Melanie decides she wants to marry Derwin before the baby arrives, even if it meant sacrificing her dream wedding. Malik introduces his sister Pucci to a music producer and she goes to a party and gets drunk. Kelly rushes to Jason's side after he is arrested for assault and put in jail. On the day of Melanie and Derwin's wedding, Kelly announces she and Jason may get back together, so Tasha comes clean about her introducing Jason and Camille. Kelly doesn't take the news well and she attacks Tasha. During the ceremony, Derwin gets a call from Janay that the baby is coming and Melanie tells him to go to the hospital. After Jason's court hearing, Jason leaves with Camille and Kelly is seen crying after realizing she and Jason will not be getting back together. During the last scene, we see Rick come back to Tasha, Melanie and Derwin looking at the baby through the window and Melanie and Derwin finally get married in private.
64 22 "The Wedding Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15) 1.78
Kelly and Jason share an emotional moment; Tasha finally admits to setting Jason up with Camille.

Season 4 (2011)[edit]

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65-66 1-2 "Parachutes...Beach Chairs" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11) 7.7[54]
The show begins with a sequence on what the show's characters are doing 2 years later and what's happened in between the time. Melanie gives DJ a DNA test and learns that he isn't Derwin's son. Kelly stars in her own reality show, much to Jason's dismay; Tasha's new relationship suffers. Elsewhere, Malik has an affair with his boss's wife as revenge and sleeps with TeeTee's new girlfriend Allison. Melanie later finds out that the DNA test results were wrong and that DJ is in fact Derwin's son.
67 3 "The Confession Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith, Jr. January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18) 5.94[55]
Melanie risks her marriage when she tells Derwin the truth about his son, and sends Janay on a warpath in the process. Jason lashes out against the Sabers after being released. Kelly and Tasha decide to settle their differences and become friends again.
68 4 "The Wing King" Salim Akil Kenya Barris January 25, 2011 (2011-01-25) 4.65[56]
Malik's trouble continues and he gets himself arrested while driving drunk in the middle of the night and it jeopardizes his career. Melanie becomes overwhelmed while hosting a charity event, and Jazz, a former groupie, gives Melanie a little dose of reality.
69 5 "It Was All Good Just a Week Ago" Salim Akil Hale Rothstein February 1, 2011 (2011-02-01) 4.82[57]
Backed into a corner, Malik turns to the Sabers' new owner for help; Derwin worries about his own reputation and Malik's social and legal troubles. Malik decides to go to rehab after much advisement.
70 6 "Men in Crisis" Salim Akil Sara Finney-Johnson February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08) 4.33[58]
Derwin tries to make amends with Janay by spending time with his son at her house, and it almost jeopardizes his relationship with Melanie. Elsewhere, Tasha learns a life lesson from Dante.
71 7 "Didn't You Know Who I Was?" Salim Akil Elaine Aronson February 15, 2011 (2011-02-15) 4.20[59]
After Malik is pushed to the limit in rehab when he confesses that he's only there to make himself look better to the public and that he doesn't really need help, he gets into an altercation with Derwin in a club; Derwin and Jason then convince a clearly shaken up Malik to go back to rehab. Meanwhile, Kelly tries to stay involved with the Sunbeams, which forces Melanie to confront her; Rick asks Tasha out, causing Dante to break up with Tasha.
72 8 "You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello" Salim Akil Erica Montolfo February 22, 2011 (2011-02-22) 3.69[60]

Kelly tries to stay relevant as her reality show struggles; Malik searches for the root of his troubles.

Special guest star: Fabolous Final Appearance of Brittany Daniel Until Season 7
73 9 "A Very Special Episode" Salim Akil Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01) 3.75[61]

Melanie tries to spice things up with Derwin; Malik wants to put his life back in order but faces problems that are difficult to resolve.

Special guest star: Mo'Nique

Guest star: Annie Ilonzeh
74 10 "Whip It, Whip It Good" Salim Akil Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry &
Hale Rothstein
March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08) 3.69[62]

Tasha keeps an eye on Brittany at Jason's request; Melanie's relationship with her parents changes as a result of her marriage.

Special guest star: Magic Johnson
75 11 "Never Surrender" Salim Akil Kenya Barris March 15, 2011 (2011-03-15) 3.62[63]
Malik plans to end his affair with Parker; however, Parker later reveals the affair to her husband, who vows to make Malik's life miserable. Tasha's lie about her relationship with Dante is exposed.
76 12 "Death Becomes Her" Salim Akil Erica Montolfo March 22, 2011 (2011-03-22) 3.53[64]
Tasha copes with her new boyfriends illness by making a bucket list for the two of them; Malik learns his job is in jeopardy; and Melanie and Derwin discuss having kids.
77 13 "The Right to Choose" Salim Akil Kenny Smith March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) 4.43[65]
In the Season 4 finale, Melanie and Derwin see a fertility specialist; Jenna chooses not to reconcile with Malik; and Tasha has an upsetting run-in with Bo.

Season 5 (2012)[edit]

On April 12, 2011, it was announced that The Game was renewed for a fifth season, consisting 22 episodes.[66] It was announced on the 2011 BET Awards Pre-show that it will begin in January 2012.

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78-79 1-2 "Skeletons/The Truth Pact" Bille Woodruff Mara Brock Akil &
Salim Akil
January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10) 5.28[67]
Season 5 opens with Melanie grappling with Derwin's accusation that she had an abortion. Meanwhile, Malik and Tasha deal with a drunken Jenna. Later, Tasha corners Malik about his relationship with Jenna; and a wild night comes back to haunt Jason.
80 3 "No Money, No Problems" Bille Woodruff Erica Montolfo-Bura January 17, 2012 (2012-01-17) 3.64[68]
When Derwin rehires Irv it sets off Melanie searching for her role in life while Tasha sues Derwin and Irv for money she believes she is owed. Meanwhile, Malik is forced to evaluate his extravagant lifestyle.
81 4 "The Black People Episode" Eric Laneuville Kenny Smith, Jr. January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24) 2.88[69]

Hostility between Melanie and Tasha goes public at a fashion show. Elsewhere, Chardonnay's friends open Jason's eyes to racism; and Derwin takes Kwan under his wings.

Note: Featuring Elimu Nelson and Kel Mitchell
82 5 "Grand Opening, Grand Closing" Eric Laneuville Hale Rothstein &
Mara Brock Akil
January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31) 3.20[70]
Jason’s ego takes a hit when Chardonnay rejects his proposal about hooking up after their upcoming annulment. Meanwhile, Derwin is shocked to find out Melanie is living the V.I.P. life at church.
83 6 "Drink, Fight, Pray, Love" Joeseph Mills Jackie Mills February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) 2.82[71]
Melanie has a showdown with Tasha at Drop Bar. Malik has a hard time letting go of his dream home when he's forced to short sell his mansion.
84 7 "The Tricks Episode" Eric Laneuville Kenny Smith Jr. &
Mara Brock Akil
February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14) 2.41[72]
When a YouTube video of Malik and Derwin doing football tricks goes viral, the guys ride the wave hoping it takes Malik off the bench and back onto the field.
85 8 "Matchmaker, Matchmaker...Mind Your Business!" Eric Laneuville Erica Montolfo &
Mara Brock Akil
February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28) 2.62[73]
Tasha falls for an escort. Melanie throws a dinner party for Janay and Janay's new boyfriend.
86 9 "Keep Your Friends Close and Your Prostitute Closer" Mary Lou Belli Jenifer Rice-Genzuk &
Mara Brock Akil
March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06) 2.45[74]
Melanie attempts to foster goodwill between her and Janay. Tasha's still falls for her new relationship.
87 10 "Catfight on the Catwalk" Mary Lou Belli Matthew Claybrooks &
Mara Brock Akil
March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) 2.39[75]
Melanie hosts the Sunbeam's fashion show, but ends up being locked in the bathroom with Tasha. While having sex with three supermodels, Malik has trouble getting aroused, and goes to rehab to visit Jenna.
88 11 "A Punch in the Gut...Full of Human" Rob Hardy Jennifer Rice-Genzuk &
Mara Brock Akil
March 20, 2012 (2012-03-20) 2.38[76]
Jason's relationship with Chardonnay is tested by a third party; Derwin and Melanie receive troubling news at the fertility clinic; Chardonnay reaches out to Tasha for relationship advice.
89 12 "Higher Ground" Rob Hardy Elaine Aronson March 27, 2012 (2012-03-27) 2.52[77]
Tasha agrees to be the surrogate for Melanie and Derwin; Derwin's poker night turns into a raging bash.
90 13 "There's No Place Like Home" Rob Hardy Sarah V. Finey April 3, 2012 (2012-04-03) 2.01[78]
Malik's offer from Ford; Melanie and Derwin's unexpected house guest.
91 14 "Derwin's About to go H.A.M" Rob Hardy Hale Rothstein &
Mara Brock Akil
April 10, 2012 (2012-04-10) 2.26[79]
Derwin suffers consequences; Melanie's surrogate; Derwin's drama as a professional athlete.
92 15 "Party in a Box" Kenny Smith Jr. Matthew Claybrooks April 17, 2012 (2012-04-17) 2.19[80]
Jason introduces Chardonnay to his friends; Kwan's injury.
93 16 "Fits and Starts" Kenny Smith Jr. Matthew Claybrooks &
Mara Brock Akil
April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24) 2.11[81]
Tasha and Pookie explore their friendship; Janay goes out of town; Melanie and Derwin stay busy.
94 17 "A Woman's Right to Choose Herself" Bille Woodruff Erica Montolfo-Bura May 1, 2012 (2012-05-01) 2.04[82]
Tasha struggles with being a surrogate for Melanie. Meanwhile, Jason helps Chardonnay with her finances after spotting her waiting at a bus stop. Melanie's discontent with Derwin.
95 18 "Breakthrough, Breakdown? Break- Through" Bille Woodruff Hale Rothstein May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08) 1.94[83]

Melanie does some soul searching. Meanwhile, ghosts from Malik's wild past come back to haunt him with a vengeance.

Guest star: Bryce Wilson
96 19 "Let Them Eat (Cup) Cake!" Mary Lou Belli Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15) 2.08[84]

Melanie's finally has her important interview. Meanwhile, Tasha joins the cupcake club to renew her celibacy.

Guest star: Nicole Sullivan
97 20 "Cold Swine Sucks...And So Does Falling in Love" Mary Lou Belli Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22) 1.99[85]

Tasha discovers a disturbing text message. Meanwhile, push comes to shove when Derwin body slams his agent, Irv.

Guest stars: Free, Mekia Cox, Dustin Diamond
98 21 "Move Trick, Get Out the Way" Salim Akil Hale Rothstein May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29) 2.24[86]
Melanie and Derwin spar during championship game week while Malik gets into a heated argument with Jenna. Meanwhile, Jason makes a relationship decision about Chardonnay. Also, Pookie offers to help Tasha.
99 22 ""The Championship Episode"" Salim Akil Kenny Smith June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05) 2.49[87]

Derwin decides to spend off season in Washington D.C. with Melanie for a fresh start; Malik decides to break up with Jenna and decides to go back to his old ways of being a player and Jason and Chardonnay become husband and wife and the co-owners of Spadonnay.

Note: Final Appearance of Tia Mowry as Melanie Barnett-Davis.

Season 6 (2013)[edit]

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100-101 1-2 "The Blueprint" Salim Akil Mara Brock Akil March 26, 2013 (2013-03-26) 2.54[88]

Season 6 opens with Derwin's life in disarray after he's traded. Elsewhere, no. 1 draft pick Bryce "Blue" Westbrook celebrates his acquisition by going to a Malik-hosted draft party and getting frisky with his childhood crush, Keira.

Guest appearances by: Ciara, Raymond Edwards, Jr., John Singleton, William Allen Young

Note: Final appearance of Pooch Hall as Derwin Davis and the first appearance of Lauren London as Keira Whitaker and Jay Ellis as Bryce "Blue" Westbrook.
102 3 "We Gotta Stop Meeting Like This" Salim Akil Erica Montolfo-Bura April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02) 1.81[89]
Tasha is at a crossroads when she tries to stay loyal to Pookie but continues to struggle with her attraction to Rick. Meanwhile, Keira finally tells Blue how she felt about their chance meeting in New York.
103 4 "Getting to Know All a Butt You" Salim Akil Marcos Luevanos April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09) 2.12[90]

Malik searches for an investor for his new business venture. Meanwhile, Jason and Chardonnay question their relationship.

Note: Lauren London does not appear in this episode.
104 5 "Trashbox" Salim Akil Kenya Barris April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16) 1.88[91]

Keira bids tons of money at a charity auction while on a date with Blue, but complications lead her to make a confession about her true income.

Guest star: Angela Simmons

Note: Hosea Chanchez does not appear in this episode.
105 6 "Guess Who's Bizzack" Mary Lou Belli Hale Rothstein April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) 1.60[92]
Blue struggles at training camp. As a result, Jason shows him the ropes and impresses Malik in the process.
106 7 "Welcome to the Jungle" Mary Lou Belli Hale Rothstein April 30, 2013 (2013-04-30) 2.14[93]

An initiation takes a foul turn for Keira and Chardonnay as they try to gain admittance into the Sunbeams' circle. Elsewhere, a prank war at training camp goes too far. Tasha takes over as sunbeam president

Note: Melanie and Kelly are heavily mentioned throughout this episode.
107 8 "How to Lose All Your Phat in One Day" Mary Lou Belli Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07) 1.96[94]

Malik hosts a party in a bid to attract investors for his business endeavor, only to change his entire approach after meeting an heiress. Elsewhere, Tasha's love life turns more and more complicated.

Guest star: Earthquake
108 9 "Blue Canvases" Bille Woodruff Erica Montolfo-Bura May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14) 1.92[95]
Keira prepares for an audition with Blue's help, leading to an intimate moment between them. Elsewhere, Tasha is caught off guard when she informs Rick of her intentions.
109 10 "The Pre-Season Game Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21) 1.74[96]
Blue makes a discovery about Keira and struggles with his feelings. Meanwhile, suspicions about cheating lead to a battle royal.
110 11 "The Busted Episode" Bille Woodruff Kenny Smith July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02) 3.58[97]
Tasha's affair with Rick is revealed, endangering her relationship with Pookie. Jason and Chardonnay argue a lot. Blue finds an unexpected ally in Malik.
111 12 "I'm Not Kelly Pitts" Billie Woodruff Marcos Luevanos July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09) 2.41[98]

Chardonnay keeps her friendship with Tasha a secret. Meanwhile, Keira tries to talk to Blue.

Note: Kelly is heavily mentioned throughout this episode, hence the episode title.
112 13 "I Love Luke...ahh!" Mary Lou Belli Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16) 2.48[99]

Blue tries to sabotage Keira's new relationship. Meanwhile, Malik's past comes back to haunt him, and Chardonnay struggles to deal with Jason's gridiron injury.

Guest stars: Navid Negahban, Victor M. Jackson II
113 14 "Photo-Shoot Fresh" Nzingha Stewart Hale Rothstein July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23) 2.59[100]

Malik enlists his friends to appear in a promotional campaign, but an accusation derails his plans. Elsewhere, events run smoothly for Rick, to Tasha's chagrin. Blue sets out to beat Keira in the dating game and an injury impacts Jason's life.

Guest stars: Derek Blanks, Ciara
114 15 "Psh!! I'm Good" Kenny Smith Kenya Barris July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30) 2.66[101]

Malik invites Blue to a lusty party to help him get over Keira. Meanwhile, Jason works to heal his serious ailments before an important game; and Chardonnay worries more about Jason's health after visiting a retired player.

Guest star: Travis Porter
115 16 "A Swan Song for Rick and Tasha" Mary Lou Belli Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06) 2.50[102]

Blue begins to worry about his relationship with Keira after the team considers her bad luck. Tasha breaks up with Rick after realizing that she isn't happy. Rick's comedy career flounders.

Guest stars: Ryan Stewart, Douglas Stewart
116 17 "Miss Me a Little When I'm Gone" Eric Laneuville Teleplay by: Cydney Kelley
Story by: Hale Rothstein
August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13) 2.14[103]

Malik must decide between Reece and Tori. Blue and Keira discuss the truth aspect of their relationship. Tasha and Chardonnay drink.

Guest star: William Allen Young
117 18 "In Treatment" Kenny Smith Erica Montolfo-Bura August 20, 2013 (2013-08-20) 2.21[104]

Tasha spends a day in therapy to deal with her relationship issues. Malik gets help with his problems.

Guest star: Curtis Armstrong

Note: Coby Bell, Brandy Norwood, Jay Ellis, and Lauren London do not appear in this episode.
118 19 "Extra Butter...Extra Salt..." Eric Laneuville Kenya Barris August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27) 2.40[105]

Blue scrutinizes Keira's fling with Luke while at a movie premiere. Meanwhile, Tasha is inspired by a therapy session and begins apologizing to everybody. Jason and Chardonnay clash over his gridiron career and Malik reconnects with Tee Tee. Malik finds himself in a confrontation against a group of men that could have fatal results

Guest stars: Greg Jennings, Richard Gant
119 20 "The Hospital Episode" Eric Laneuville Kenny Smith September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03) 3.77[106]

In the sixth season finale, Malik is in the hospital after being beaten badly by a group of men. Meanwhile, Blue and Keira’s relationship is tested after the Baggers premiere after party, he finds out she lied about being intimate with Luke. Jason and Chardonnay's relationship is in trouble when she finds a note in Jason's coat pocket that he wrote to Kelly and he tells Chardonnay that he has another note for her, telling that he loves her and wants to be with her. Malik then finds out that he won't have full use of his arm again meaning that he can't play football for a long time.

Guest star: Richard Gant

Season 7 (2014)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
120-121 1-2 "The Jersey Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04) 3.35[107]
It's the Sabers 50th anniversary in honor of the retirement of fellow Sabers wide receiver Jason Pitts' jersey. With his wife, Chardonnay, behind him for support, Jason is ready to embark on his next journey. The ceremony takes a turn for the worst as Jason's past involvement with steroids is brought up from a former colleague. Keira makes an attempt to winning Blue back but at desperate measures. Recently released from Sabers due to his injuries, Malik becomes bitter and resistant to attend, despite being there for Jason. Meanwhile, Tasha believes she is going through a mid-life crisis but it may be more than what she bargained for.
122 3 "Rules of the Street" Salim Akil Kenya Barris March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11) 2.28[108]
Malik undergoes physical therapy, but his trainer turns out to be a piece of work; Tasha learns the state of her pregnancy.
123 4 "Missed You, Kelly Pitts" Bille Woodruff Erica Montolfo-Bura March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) 2.74[109]

Jason and Chardonnay throw Brittany a pre-prom party. Kelly returns. Keira tries to get back with Blue.

Note: This episode marks the return of Brittany Daniel as Kelly Pitts since Season 4.
124 5 "Intervention, My Ass" Bille Woodruff Hale Rothstein March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) 3.06[110]
Chardonnay holds an intervention for a very pregnant Tasha to persuade her to inform Rick and Pookie know either of them may be the father-to-be. Meanwhile, Malik comforts Yana as she deals with her breakup with her girlfriend. Blue and Keira have long reconcile but decide on the right moment to announce it to everyone. Out of anger and retaliation, Tasha reveals Jason's dalliance with Kelly to Chardonnay.
125 6 "He's a No-Good, Lyin', Cheatin', Honky-Tonk Man!" Kenny Smith Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) 2.80[111]
After Chardonnay learns about Jason's encounter with Kelly, Jason tries to earn Chardonnay's forgiveness. Meanwhile, Malik adjusts to Tasha's pregnancy. Keira's apartment catches on fire and she temporarily moves in with Blue.
126 7 "Chardonnay Goes Kissing" Kenny Smith Hale Rothstein April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08) 2.63[112]
In order to get back at Jason for kissing Kelly, Chardonnay enlists the help of Tasha to find her someone to kiss. Meanwhile, Blue and Keira are in love again but the couple can not come to mutual ground as to whose apartment they should live in. Malik's physical therapist, Yana, comes to his defense against Tori.
127 8 "Mommy Dearest" Salim Akil Erica Montolfo-Bura April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15) 2.59[113]
Chardonnay wants to plan an extravagant vow-renewal ceremony for she and Jason, and asks a reluctant Keira to help with the preparations. Jason worries that Chardonnay's ideas may become too much for his practical views to money-saving. Meanwhile, Malik decides in order for him to remove any distracting tension between he and Yana is to have sex with her. Also, Kelly returns just in time for Tasha's birth coaching session but receives a hard lesson on parenting when Brittany needs her the most.
128 9 "This Is Happening" Salim Akil Erica Montolfo-Bura April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) 2.10[114]
Malik is falling in love with Yana. Meanwhile, Blue becomes disappointed with Keira when she forgets to mention that she has landed a role in a new movie. Kelly throws Tasha a surprise baby shower. As Tasha nears her due date, she is reminded of what's really missing in her life.
129 10 "The Birth & Vows Episode" Salim Akil Kenny Smith April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29) 2.53[115]
On the day of Jason & Chardonnay's vow renewal, Tasha goes into labor and later has her baby girl then Pookie appears to see his possible daughter and tells Tasha that they need to take a DNA test to determine if he or Rick is the father, Keira and Blue's relationship goes to the next level as Blue proposes to Keira, Malik ends his and Yana's relationship after she tells him he isn't ready to go back to playing football. At the end of the episode, Jason later reveals at the renewal that he still loves Kelly which makes Chardonnay run off.

U.S. ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of The Game on The CW. When The Game transferred from The CW to BET, it acquired 7.7 million viewers — which was a record for a scripted premiere on BET.Seidman, Robert (January 12, 2011). "'The Game' Returns Huge for BET with 7.7 Million Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 

Season Network Timeslot (ET) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers(in millions)
1 The CW Sunday 8:30 P.M. ()Monday 9:30 P.M. (2006–2009) October 1, 2006 May 14, 2007 2006–2007 #141"Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. [dead link] 2.33"Season Program Rankings from 09/18/06 Through 06/03/07". ABC Medianet. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
2 Monday 9:30 P.M. (2007–2008)Sunday 9:00 P.M. (2008) October 1, 2007 May 18, 2008 2007–2008 #196 2.35"Season Program Rankings from 09/24/07 through 05/25/08". ABC Medianet. May 28, 2008. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
3 Friday 8:30 P.M. (2008–2009) October 3, 2008 May 15, 2009 2008–2009 #174 1.75"Season Program Rankings from 09/22/08 through 05/17/09". ABC Medianet. May 19, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
4 BET Tuesday 10:00 P.M. (2011) January 11, 2011 March 29, 2011 2011 N/A 4.53
5 Tuesday 10:00 P.M. (2012) January 10, 2012 June 5, 2012 2012 N/A 2.69
6 Tuesday 10:00 P.M. (2013) March 26, 2013 September 3, 2013 2013 TBA TBA

Lawsuit[edit]

In September 2006, writer Staci Robinson filed a $40 million lawsuit against The CW, CBS, Warner Bros., and Grammnet Productions for copyright infringement. Robinson claimed that she applied for a job as writer's assistant in 2011 with series creator and executive producer, Mara Brock Akil, and then subsequently, sent her novel, Interceptions, to Akil. "Interceptions" is a novel about a woman that decides to put her professional goal of becoming a lawyer on hold to follow her boyfriend as he pursue a career as a professional football player."Amazon.com: Interceptions (9781583851494): Staci Robinson: Books". amazon.com. Retrieved February 23, 2013.  After receiving the novel, Robinson was interviewed for the job but later declined the position. Robinson alleged that Akil and a CW screenwriter stole the idea from her novel to create the series. The suit was settled out of court under a non-disclosure agreement in September 2007.Klein, Gary (September 2, 2007). "Tam High grad, TV networks settle suit". marinij.com. Retrieved October 4, 2008. 

Cancellation and revival[edit]

As The CW began abandoning half-hour comedies from its schedule, series creator Mara Brock Akil attempted to convince the network to air the series as an hour-long, single-camera series like the other shows on The CW.Nellie, Andreeva (August 23, 2009). "BET may get into 'The Game'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved December 9, 2013.  The principal cast on the show launched a viral campaign called "Change the Game Campaign" on YouTube,Change "The Game" Campaign on YouTube asking all fans to sign the CW message board. Ultimately, despite the campaign and crashing the message board servers twice, on May 20, 2009, Entertainment Weekly announced that the series was officially canceled, not only due to declining ratings, but also budget cut issues.Ausiello, Michael. "Fall TV cheat sheet: What's in? What's out?". ausiellofiles.ew.com. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 

On April 4, 2010, The Hollywood Reporter reported that BET, which airs the series in syndication, was close to finalizing a deal to produce new episodes of the series. BET announced the deal during its upfronts in April 2010. Series creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil is expected to return,Andreeva, Nellie (April 4, 2010). "BET nears deal to resurrect 'The Game'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved April 5, 2010. [dead link] along with all of the principal cast members.Pope, Karla (June 18, 2010). "Tia Mowry Talks Double Nuptials". parade.com. Retrieved June 20, 2010.  New episodes began airing on BET on January 11, 2011. The premiere drew 7.7 million viewers, making it the biggest ad-supported sitcom telecast in the history of cable.Seidman, Robert (January 12, 2011). "Cable Debut of 'The Game' Ranks as #1 Ad-Supported Scripted Series Premiere in Cable History". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 23, 2013.  Stacey Mattocks is credited with creating the Facebook fan page for The Game. Upon finding her, BET hired Stacey to run the fan page which at last count was 5.4 million fans.Stelter, Brian "‘The Game’ Is a Winner, Helped by BET Loyalists", The New York Times, 1/16/1,Szalai, Georg "How 'The Game' Quadrupled Its Audience With Move to BET", The Hollywood Reporter, 1/17/11Guthrie, Marisa & Vargas, Jose Antonio "Twitter: The Reason Behind BET's Surprise Success for 'The Game'", The Hollywood Reporter, 1/25/11

Hosea Chanchez officially announced at the 2011 BET Awards that the show would begin its fifth season in 2012.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2007 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Kenny Smith, Jr. (For "The Trey Wiggs Episode")
2008 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Sara V. Finney (For "The Big Chill" episode)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
Won Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Erica Montolfo (For episode "White Coats and White Lies")
2009 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominated Comedy
2007 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Actress: Comedy Tia Mowry

DVD releases[edit]

Season Releases
The First Season
Set details Special features
  • 22 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • N/A Aspect Ratio
  • N/A Mins
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Includes the backdoor pilot episode from GirlfriendsThe Game - Press Release Gives The Game Plan for The 1st Season on DVD
  • Rift and Separate
    • Interview with Mara Brock Akil
  • To Baby...Or Not To Baby
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • The Iceman Cometh
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • All-Star Blues
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • When the Chickens Comes To Roost (Parts 1 & 2)
    • Offseason interview with Mara Brock Akil
Release date
 United States (Region 1)
September 1, 2009

Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are also available in the United States and Canada.

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