Rob & Big

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Rob & Big
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Genre Reality
Created by
  • 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)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jeff Tremaine
  • Rob Dyrdek
  • Ruben Fleischer
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 22 to 24 minutes
Original network MTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release November 4, 2006 (2006-11-04) – April 15, 2008 (2008-04-15)
Followed by Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
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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.


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]



  • Rob Dyrdek - professional skateboarder
  • Christopher "Big Black" Boykin - Bodyguard
  • Christopher "Drama" Pfaff - Rob's cousin and assistant
  • Rashawn "Bam Bam" Davis - 2nd Bodyguard
  • Meaty - Rob's Bulldog
  • Mini-Horse - Rob's miniature-sized horse


  • 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. 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.[8]


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


  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. ^ "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, with Rob Dyrdek" on YouTube
  8. ^

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