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Me and the Boys (TV series)

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Me and the Boys
Created byRob Dames
Bob Myer
Leonard Ripps
StarringSteve Harvey
Chaz Lamar Shepherd
Wayne Collins, Jr.
Benjamin LeVert
Madge Sinclair
ComposerDonald Markowitz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19
Executive producersRob Dames
Bob Myer
John J. Strauss
ProducersRita Dillon
Kim C. Friese
CinematographyDaniel Flannery
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesBob Myer Productions
ABC Productions
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 20, 1994 (1994-09-20) –
February 28, 1995 (1995-02-28)

Me and the Boys is an American sitcom that aired on the ABC network from September 20, 1994 until February 28, 1995. The series features comedian Steve Harvey, who also served as a writer, in his first starring role. The series was created by Bob Myer, Rob Dames and Lenny Ripps, and produced by a.k.a. Productions and Bob Myer Productions in association with ABC Productions.



Set in Dallas, Me and the Boys stars Steve Harvey as Steve Tower, a widower with three sons who ran a video store called The Video Depot. Madge Sinclair (in her last acting role before her death in December 1995) co-starred as Steve's mother-in-law, Mary Cook. Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Wayne Collins, Jr., and Benjamin LeVert played Steve's sons Artis, William, and Andrew, respectively.

The series was scheduled on Tuesdays following Full House (which co-creators Dames and Ripps had previously written and produced on) and preceding Home Improvement. Despite ranking #20 in the ratings, ABC canceled the series after one season.[1]




  • Steve Harvey as Steve Tower
  • Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Artis Tower, Steve's eldest son
  • Wayne Collins, Jr. as William Tower, Steve's middle son
  • Benjamin LeVert as Andrew Tower, Steve's youngest son
  • Madge Sinclair as Mary Cook, Steve's mother-in-law




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Pilot"Andrew D. WeymanBob Myer
Leonard Ripps
September 20, 1994 (1994-09-20)4940125.0[2]
Steve teaches his middle son William a lesson about honesty when he catches William at the movies watching a horror movie that he isn't allowed to see.
2"The Hunt for Miss October"Andrew D. WeymanMichael PoryesSeptember 27, 1994 (1994-09-27)4940222.1[3]
When Steve finds out that Artis and William both own girlie magazines, he tells his sons to get rid of them because he does not want them objectifying women. When all of Andrew's classmates have great art projects that their parents did for them, while Andrew is left with his own crude work, Steve proudly announces that Andrew is to be commended for self-sufficiency and craftsmanship as he did the work on his own. The collision of both plotlines causes Steve to be the one explaining everything to the principal.
3"Your Cheatin' Heart"Andrew D. WeymanSheryl NorthOctober 4, 1994 (1994-10-04)4940519.6[4]
Steve offers William an incentive to turn his black history grade from an F to an A: a CD player.
4"Curfew, God Bless You"Andrew D. WeymanSteve YoungOctober 11, 1994 (1994-10-11)4940619.5[5]
Artis sneaks out to a party; Andrew forgets to do his homework.
5"Crushed"Andrew D. WeymanBob Myer
Leonard Ripps
October 18, 1994 (1994-10-18)[6]4940319.7[7]
Steve tries to prevent William from being humiliated when William wears his heart on his sleeve for an uninterested older girl.
6"Every Good Boy Does Fine"Andrew D. WeymanBob Myer
Leonard Ripps
Rob Dames
October 25, 1994 (1994-10-25)4940419.9[8]
Steve and Mary must face the music and tell Andrew that he can't play the piano as well as his older brothers.
7"Black Dads Can't Jump"Andrew D. WeymanGary HardwickNovember 1, 1994 (1994-11-01)4940722.2[9]
Steve assigns himself as Artis' personal basketball coach.
8"Talent Show"Jay SandrichEd Decter
John J. Strauss
November 15, 1994 (1994-11-15)[10]4940922.1[11]
Steve can hardly stop his head from spinning when the Four Tops pay a surprise visit to Mary's church fundraiser and wind up performing.
9"Bad Influence"Andrew D. WeymanLeonard Ripps
Rob Dames
November 22, 1994 (1994-11-22)4941019.1[12]
Steve and William have a falling out when William falls in with the wrong crowd at school. Meanwhile, Mary is slow to tell Andrew that she accidentally drove over his pet turtle.
10"We're Off to See the Lizard"Andrew D. WeymanLee AronsohnNovember 29, 1994 (1994-11-29)4940819.1[13]
Artis gets all wound up over the fact that his father is paying a video store co-worker more money per house, and takes a job at a pizza joint, which requires him to dress like a lizard. Meanwhile, Steve spends some quality time with Andrew.
11"Oops, There It Is?"Andrew D. WeymanJ. Anthony Brown
Rushian McDonald
December 6, 1994 (1994-12-06)4941221.0[14]
Andrew's teacher (Denise Dowse) draws the wrong conclusion when Andrew hands in a picture that he drew of Steve and his girlfriend kissing...naked.
12"Christmas Story"Andrew D. WeymanBob Myer
Leonard Ripps
Rob Dames
December 13, 1994 (1994-12-13)4941121.2[15]
Andrew won't pose for a family Christmas photo.
13"Blast From the Past"Andrew D. WeymanBob Myer
Leonard Ripps
Rob Dames
January 3, 1995 (1995-01-03)4941421.2[16]
Steve picks up bad vibrations when members of his former band, The Four Vibes, ask Artis to join them in a performance at their high school reunion.
14"Money to Burn"Andrew D. WeymanBob Myer
Leonard Ripps
Rob Dames
January 10, 1995 (1995-01-10)4941321.8[17]
Steve's joy at winning $1,000 in the lottery gradually disappears -- along with the money -- as the demands of friends and family mount.
15"The Kiss-Off"Andrew D. WeymanBob Myer
Leonard Ripps
Rob Dames
January 17, 1995 (1995-01-17)4941518.8[18]
Steve appears on a local television talk show.
16"The Age of Reason"Andrew D. WeymanKim Friese
Jane Espenson
February 7, 1995 (1995-02-07)4941621.2[19]
Steve starts feeling a little long in the tooth when he bites off more than he can chew trying to impress attractive doctor Sheryl during a physical exam.
17"Goldilocks"Andrew D. WeymanJohn J. Strauss
Bob Myer
February 14, 1995 (1995-02-14)4941719.7[20]
Steve has his eye on attractive police officer Nina, who's assigned to keep an eye on his house after a Goldilocks-style burglar breaks in several times to make himself temporarily at home.
18"The 'B' Word"Andrew D. WeymanJ. Anthony Brown
Rushion McDonald
Steve Harvey
February 21, 1995 (1995-02-21)4941818.4[21]
Steve continues to pursue a romantic relationship with police officer Nina, but he remains at arm's length when it seems that her feelings for him are more of the brotherly kind.
19"When Stanley Met Shirley"Andrew D. WeymanLeonard Ripps
Rob Dames
Ed Decter
February 28, 1995 (1995-02-28)4941920.9[22]
Artis has his friends sneak him into a dance club for his 17th birthday, but the celebration hits a sour note when he realizes that Steve is there also.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1995 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Donald Markowitz Won
Young Artist Awards Best New Family Television Series Me and the Boys Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten in a TV Series Benjamin LeVert Nominated


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