In the House (TV series)

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In the House
Genre Sitcom
Created by Winifred Hervey
Starring Debbie Allen
LL Cool J
Maia Campbell
Jeffery Wood
Lisa Arrindell Anderson
Kim Wayans
Dee Jay Daniels
Alfonso Ribeiro
Theme music composer Quincy Jones III
Theodore Miller
Composer(s) Anthony Hale, Jr
Theodore Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 76 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bob Burris
Gary Hardwick
Winifred Hervey
Quincy Jones
Michael Ware
Producer(s) Walter Allen Bennett, Jr.
Teri Schaffer Hick
Michelle Jones
Werner Walian
Running time 22 mins. (approx)
Production company(s) Winifred Hervey Productions
Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment
NBC Productions (seasons 1–2)
NBC Studios (seasons 3–5)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network NBC (1995–1996)
UPN (1996–1999)
Original release April 10, 1995 – August 11, 1999

In the House is an American sitcom that premiered on April 10, 1995 on NBC. The series moved to UPN after its second season, where it remained for an additional three seasons until it was canceled on August 11, 1999. In the House starred LL Cool J and Maia Campbell.


Marion Hill (LL Cool J) is a former professional football player with the Los Angeles Raiders. Because of his financial predicament, Marion is forced to rent out most rooms in his house to newly divorced single mother Jackie Warren (Debbie Allen) and her two children, Tiffany (Maia Campbell) and Austin (Jeffery Wood).[1]

After the second season, the series was retooled, becoming more adult oriented. Jackie and Austin both moved back East while Tiffany stayed with Marion to finish high school. Joining the cast for the third season was former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro as Dr. Maxwell "Max" Stanton and In Living Color cast member Kim Wayans as Tonia Harris. Both Maxwell and Tonia helped Marion manage the Los Angeles sports clinic he owns.[2]

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air connection[edit]

In the House and Fresh Prince were both executive produced by Winifred Hervey, David Salzman and Quincy Jones. During the second season's first episode, Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali appeared as their Fresh Prince characters (Carlton and Ashley Banks) in the crossover episode "Dog Catchers". Later that season, James Avery (Phillip Banks) appeared as a mediator in the episode "Love on a One-Way Street".

Lark Voorhies, who appeared as Mercedes Langford, Maxwell Stanton's (Alfonso Ribeiro) girlfriend turned wife, also played Cindy, a character who was romantically involved with Ribeiro's Fresh Prince character, Carlton Banks. In the Season 4 episode "My Pest Friend's Wedding", James Avery and Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian Banks) guest starred as Dr. Maxwell Stanton's parents. Both Avery and Reid portrayed the parents of Ribeiro's Fresh Prince character. Joseph Marcell, who played the wisecracking Geoffrey Butler on Fresh Prince, also appeared as an officiating minister in the same episode.


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Season TV Season Network Ratings Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 1995 NBC #44[3] 11.1[3]
2 1995–1996 NBC #59[4] 9.4[4]
3 1996–1997 UPN #189[5] 3.3[5]
4 1997–1998 UPN #152[6] 2.8[6]
5 1999 UPN N/A N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1996 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten - Television Jeffery Wood
Best Performance by a Young Actress - TV Comedy Series Maia Campbell
NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series John Amos
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series LL Cool J
Outstanding Comedy Series
1997 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series LL Cool J
1998 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series LL Cool J
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Alfonso Ribeiro
1999 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Alfonso Ribeiro
1997 Emmy Award Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series Art Busch (For episode "Curse of the Hill House")


The show aired in off-network syndication during the 1999-2000 season, and on TV One from 2004-2008. On June 13, 2016 BET airs reruns of the show


  1. ^ "Debbie Allan LL Cool J win laughs in new TV show 'In the House.'". Jet. 1995-04-25. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  2. ^ Whetstone, Muriel L. (October 1996). "Cosby is back, but Black-oriented shows decline". Ebony. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Complete TV Ratings 1994-1995". 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Complete TV Ratings 1995-1996". 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ a b "Complete TV Ratings 1996-1997". 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Final Ratings for '97-'98 TV Season". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1998-05-25. 

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