Under One Roof (1995 TV series)
|Under One Roof|
|Created by||Paul Aaron
Michael Henry Brown
|Written by||Paul Aaron
Michael Henry Brown
Carol Evan McKeand
|Directed by||Thomas Carter
Michael W. Watkins
|Starring||James Earl Jones
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Ronald Joshua Scott
|Theme music composer||Stephen James Taylor|
|Composer(s)||Greg De Belles
Stephen James Taylor
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producer(s)||Thomas Carter|
Jeanne Marie Van Cott
|Running time||45-48 minutes|
|Original release||March 14– April 18, 1995|
Under One Roof follows the lives of three generations of a middle class African American family sharing a two-family house in Seattle, Washington. The lower unit is occupied by family patriarch Nesbit "Neb" Langston (Jones), a recently widowed police officer who has adopted a troubled foster child, Marcus Henry (Merlin Santana). Neb's daughter Ayesha (Monique Ridge) also lives with them.
The upper unit is occupied by Neb's adult son Ron (Morton), his wife and his children. Ron is a former Marine who is attempting to deal with the stress of opening his own business. Meanwhile, Ron's wife Maggie (Calloway) is having reservations about re-entering the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for the couple's two children, son Derrick (Ronald Joshua Scott), a diabetic, and daughter Charlie (Essence Atkins).
The series, which was a midseason replacement for CBS, was cancelled after six episodes.
Cast and characters
- James Earl Jones as Nesbit "Neb" Langston
- Joe Morton as Ron Langston
- Vanessa Bell Calloway as Margaret "Maggie" Louise Langston
- Essence Atkins as Charlotte "Charlie" Langston
- Merlin Santana as Marcus Henry
- Monique Ridge as Ayesha (née Beverly) Langston
- Ronald Joshua Scott as Derrick Langston
- Terence Knox as Matt "Siggy" Sigalos
||March 14, 1995||Rooms||The Langston family adjusts to the new, multigenerational living arrangements. In order to ensure that his new hardware store opens on the scheduled date, Ron breaks his promise to join Derrick in a father-son competition at school. Marcus continues to grapple with memories of his biological mother, who died of a drug overdose when he was 13. Charlie steals Maggie's credit card in order to buy a new dress for a party.|
||March 21, 1995||Daddy's Girl||Neb's interference complicates Ayesha's relationship with her boyfriend Roger (Michael Jace), but the biggest obstacle is Roger's womanizing. A client of the hardware store exhibits racist attitudes towards Ron, who is furious when Siggy wants to do business with him anyway. When Derrick wants to change his image, Marcus introduces him to gangsta rap music and revamps his wardrobe. Unfortunately, his attitude experiences a revamp as well.|
||March 28, 1995||Pilot||In the series' original pilot episode, Maggie finally earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration. Dietary choices are a major issue for Derrick, who is a Type 1 diabetic. Marcus' plan to get a new pair of shoes for the graduation ceremony backfires, as does Ron and Maggie's plan to spend the evening together alone.|
||April 4, 1995||Sophisticated Lady ... Not!||Fifteen-year-old Charlie secretly goes out with one of Ayesha's design students (Jon Clair), but finds herself way over her head when she goes back to the college man's house. Maggie goes through a minor midlife crisis after her age prevents her from landing a new job. When talking to his classmates, Derrick makes Neb's job on the police force sound much more exciting than it is in reality.|
||April 11, 1995||Secrets||One of Charlie's African American friends (Malinda Williams) lets her racist feelings show when Charlie starts spending more time with a White classmate. Problems arises when Maggie's overbearing mother (Leslie Uggams) visits. Neb goes out with a high school teacher (Joan Pringle) — his first date since his wife's death.|
||April 18, 1995||Ronnie's Got a Gun||After he inadvertently walks in on an armed robbery at the hardware store, Ron has difficulty coping with the trauma surrounding the incident; Siggy gives him a handgun. Marcus deduces the identity of the robbers — and that one of them is an old friend of his. Charlie tries to win the prize in a bake-off sponsored by a local morning show.|
Awards and nominations
|1995||Emmy Award||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||James Earl Jones|
|1996||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Vanessa Bell Calloway|
|Outstanding Drama Series||
- Many scenes were filmed in the old Ballard High School and the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle.
- O'Connor, John J. (April 11, 1995). "Television Review; New Black Series Is Hanging On". New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- "James Earl Jones stars in new TV drama 'Under One Roof.'", JET, March 27, 1995. Retrieved July 16, 2010.