Friday: The Animated Series

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Friday: The Animated Series
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GenreAnimated Comedy
Created byIce Cube
Developed byJay Dyer
Presented byNew Line Television
Voices ofPhil LaMarr
Khary Payton
John DiMaggio
Cree Summer
Masasa Moyo
Beth Payne
Kevin Michael Richardson
Reno Wilson
Chris Edgerly
Composer(s)Jared Faber
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Ice Cube
Matt Alvarez
Jim Rosenthal (producer)
Jay Dyer
Tony DiSanto
Chris Linn (producer)
John Hayes (producer)
Lori Huck
Running time18-22 minutes
(Not including commercials)
Production company(s)New Line Television
Cubevision
MTV Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkMTV2
Original releaseJune 24 – July 8, 2007

Friday: The Animated Series is a short-lived animated television series based on the Friday film series. The show is directed by Kevin Lofton and is co-produced and co-distributed by New Line Television, a subsidiary of New Line Cinema (the distributors of the Friday movies), MTV2, and Ice Cube's Cubevision. The series only lasted for 8 episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

Just like the original films setting, the series takes place in a modern South Central Los Angeles and follows the life of Craig Jones, his family, his best friend Smokey and the dilemmas they come across while living in a run-down, crime-ridden neighborhood.

Most of the characters from the films are in the series, but they are not voiced by their respective actors. However, they are voiced by veteran voice actors.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Hardly Working"June 24, 2007 (2007-06-24)
Pops kicks Craig out of the house until he gets a job. He is unable to find one and sleeps on the streets where he is arrested for the kidnapping of a white girl.
2"Notorious T.R.E.E."June 26, 2007 (2007-06-26)
Craig and Smokey see the image of a legendary slain rapper in a tree knot and it becomes a neighborhood shrine. But once money gets involved, the guys start a hip-hop feud of their own.
3"Go With the Flow"June 28, 2007 (2007-06-28)
Old pipes cause a massive flood in the neighborhood, forcing everyone to flee to the safety of the R. Kelly Youth Center. Craig and Smokey look for help, but instead find a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of city government. So they use a local news anchor to publicly expose the problems with the help of their neighbors and Deebo. The mayor having seen the news and fearing repercussions from the governor in not helping his city, decides to pull the lever and drain the flood.
4"Experience the Happy"June 30, 2007 (2007-06-30)
Craig and Willie join the big brother program and are forced to mentor Smokey and Deebo as their "little brothers". When Deebo begins to go soft, the neighborhood starts to fall apart and Craig is needed to teach Deebo what it means to be a neighborhood bully. Meanwhile, Smokey gets Willie in trouble when he sneaks in some marijuana hidden in a bud brownie.
5"When Craig Met Condi"July 2, 2007 (2007-07-02)
Craig has a fling with Condoleezza Rice when she flees the pressure of her office and hides out in the hood. Later, Craig finds out that breaking up with the most powerful woman in the world is hard to do.
6"The Spirit of 420"July 4, 2007 (2007-07-04)
Smokey wants to celebrate his and Craig's favorite holiday, April 20th. Only problem is that Craig got a job working for his Uncle Elroy(whom Willie obviously can't stand) at his successful BBQ restaurant and doesn't want to celebrate anymore. After being disgraced, Smokey is shown his past, present and future in a parody of A Christmas Carol from his future self in order to save Craig from a miserable, unhappy marriage with his gold-digger wife in Rancho Cucamonga. When Smokey comes to and after stopping Ezal from stealing his pants, he tricks Willie into thinking that Elroy bragged about his humiliating endeavors in front of his customers at Bros' BBQ, which leads to a confrontation between the two brothers. Humiliated by both his father's and uncle's behavior, Craig quits his job and returns home to celebrate his favorite holiday with Smokey.
7"Great Moments in Black History"July 6, 2007 (2007-07-06)
Pops is determined to teach Craig and Smokey about some of the little known moments in black history.
8"Uncle Craig's Cabin'"July 8, 2007 (2007-07-08)
In this series finale, Craig and Smokey agree to take over Pop's dog-catching route for a day to try and catch the famed El Diablo. They wind up instead, picking strawberries with immigrants. When Craig and Smokey return from the farm to finish the job, they find El Diablo. In the truck, they discover that El Diablo is a mother trying to raise her pups. Craig and Smokey decide to let her go and give Pops a replacement dog who looks like Diablo herself.

Home release[edit]

Image Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on December 8, 2009.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DVD info at Image-Entertainment.com

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