Rhythm & Blues (TV series)

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Rhythm & Blues
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GenreComedy
Created byMark Reisman
Jeremy Stevens
StarringRoger Kabler
Anna Maria Horsford
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (7 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s)Mark Reisman
Jeremy Stevens
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Mixed Emotions, Inc.
20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1992 –
February 12, 1993

Rhythm & Blues is an American sitcom that aired on NBC for five weeks from September 24 to October 22, 1992, with an additional left over episode airing on February 12, 1993.[1] The show stars Roger Kabler, Anna Maria Horsford, Ron Glass, Troy Curvey Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr., and Christopher Babers.

The premise of the show stars Kabler as Bobby Soul, a white man who gets hired on a black radio station after being initially mistaken as a black man.[2]

Despite being listed among NBC's Must See TV Thursday night lineup after A Different World at 8:00 and before Cheers at 9:00, the show was cancelled after only five weeks due to low ratings. The show was heavily criticized for relying on traditional black stereotypes for its humor. TV Guide said that: "What makes a show built on white jokes any better than a show built on black jokes?"[3][4]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 24, 1992 (1992-09-24)
2"And the Banned Played On"TBATBAOctober 1, 1992 (1992-10-01)
3"The Same Old Song"TBATBAOctober 8, 1992 (1992-10-08)
4"Mrs. Washington's Neighborhood"TBATBAOctober 15, 1992 (1992-10-15)
5"They Shoot DJ's, Don't They?"TBATBAOctober 22, 1992 (1992-10-22)
6"Assault on Station BLZ"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1993 (1993-02-12)
7"Your Sister Wears Combat Boots"TBATBAUNAIRED
8"I'll Be Seeing You"TBATBAUNAIRED
9"Radio Wars: Part 1"TBATBAUNAIRED
10"Radio Wars: Part 2"TBATBAUNAIRED
11"The Stakeout"TBATBAUNAIRED
12"The DJ, His Date, Her Boss and His Son"TBATBAUNAIRED
13"The BLZ Gang"TBATBAUNAIRED

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 994. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Braxton, Greg (1992-10-04). "African-Americans are increasingly welcome in prime time, but some observers say the new shows fail to rise above stereotypes". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  3. ^ Braxton, Greg (1992-10-04). "African-Americans are increasingly welcome in prime time, but some observers say the new shows fail to rise above stereotypes". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  4. ^ Braxton, Greg (1993-02-11). "NBC's 'Rhythm' Revamps Its Original Concept". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  5. ^ "The fall 1992 TV preview: Thursday". Entertainment Weekly. 1992-09-11. Retrieved 2011-04-06.

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