Rob & Big

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Rob & Big
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Genre Reality
Created by
Starring
  • Rob Dyrdek
  • Christopher Boykin
Theme music composer Harry Nilsson
Opening theme "Best Friend"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 31 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jeff Tremaine
  • Rob Dyrdek
  • Ruben Fleischer
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 22 to 24 minutes
Release
Original network MTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release November 4, 2006 (2006-11-04) – April 15, 2008 (2008-04-15)
Chronology
Followed by Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
External links
Website

Rob & Big is an American reality television series that follows the lives of professional skateboarder, actor, producer Rob Dyrdek and his best friend and bodyguard Christopher "Big Black" Boykin.[1][2] It premiered on November 4, 2006,[3][4] and concluded on April 15, 2008, after three seasons. Reruns of the series air on the MTV sister network, MTV2. The series was followed-up with Fantasy Factory.

Synopsis[edit]

Most episodes of the show follow a central task or event in the daily life of Rob and Big, such as: attempting to break Guinness world records, having their home exorcised, skateboarding, and random things such as buying 12 remote-control helicopters, and Rob's obsession with a net gun. Also, during the show the two of them purchased two animals, a mini horse named "Mini horse" and a bulldog named "Meaty."[5]

Boykin broke two Guinness world records on the show: one for eating the most powdered-sugar doughnuts in less than three minutes, and another for peeling and eating the most bananas in one minute.[6]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

  • Patricia Dyrdek - Rob's mother
  • Gene Dyrdek - Rob's father
  • Otis "Big Zeus" Walton - a member of Big and Bam Bam's rap group - The Chunky Boyz
  • Steve Berra - Rob's friend and fellow skateboarder

Fantasy Factory[edit]

A one-hour series finale situated around Rob learning that Big's longtime girlfriend is pregnant, and Big moving out of the house to focus on becoming a father. Rob's Cousin, Christopher "Drama" Pfaff [7]-was also featured in this season. However, two years later in an interview with friend and fellow MTV star Johnny Knoxville, Dyrdek gave more reasons as to why the show ended.

Rob & Big returned to MTV with the reality television show, Fantasy Factory, which ended in 2015. Christopher Boykin died of heart failure May 9, 2017 at age 45.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Rob & Big aboard USS New Orleans (LPD-18) while filming an episode in 2007
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1
1 8 November 2, 2006 December 21, 2006 January 8, 2008
2 8 May 22, 2007 July 10, 2007 January 8, 2008
3 15 January 8, 2008 April 15, 2008 September 23, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finley, Adam (October 9, 2006). "Rob & Big coming to MTV". The Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ Acosta, Belinda (October 27, 2006). "Say hello to my big (and black) friend". Austin Chronicle. 
  3. ^ "From the Creator of "Jackass" Meet MTV's Modern-Day Odd Couple --"Rob & Big" Premiering Thursday, November 2nd at 10:30 PM (ET/PT)". The Futon Critic (Press release). October 6, 2006. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "MTV's 'Rob & Big' Debuts Tonight". Star Pulse. November 2, 2006. 
  5. ^ Lucchesi, Nick (April 28, 2008). "Big Black of MTV's 'Rob and Big' Gets Frank in Q&A". Riverfront Times. 
  6. ^ Salam, Maya (10 May 2017). "Christopher Boykin, Half of the MTV Odd Couple 'Rob & Big,' Dies at 45". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Adams, Susan. "How A Millennial With No Business Experience Or College Education Created Streetwear For The Masses". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  8. ^ "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, with Rob Dyrdek" on YouTube
  9. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/arts/christopher-boykin-big-black-dead-rob-dyrdek.html

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