Wanda at Large

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Wanda at Large
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Lance Crouther
Les Firestein
Bruce Helford
Wanda Sykes
Written by Lance Crouther
Barton Dean
Les Firestein
Jennifer Fisher
Alyson Fouse
Brian Hargrove
Bruce Helford
Jack Lugar
Jack Kenny
Patrick Meighan
Sue Murphy
Dino Shorte
Wanda Sykes
Directed by John Blanchard
Gerry Cohen
Leonard R. Garner, Jr.
Katy Garretson
Shelley Jensen
Bob Koherr
Lee Shallat-Chemel
Starring Wanda Sykes
Phil Morris
Dale Godboldo
Tammy Lauren
Jurnee Smollett
Robert Bailey, Jr.
Composer(s) Mathematics
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19
Executive producer(s) Les Firestein
Brian Hargrove
Bruce Helford
Jack Kenny
Deborah Oppenheimer
Producer(s) Michael Attanasio
Jennifer Fisher
Ernest Johnson
Lisa Koontz
Wanda Sykes
Cinematography Gregg Heschong
Julius Metoyer
Editor(s) Larry Harris
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network Fox
Original release March 26 (2003-03-26) – November 7, 2003 (2003-11-07)
External links
Website www.wandaatlarge.com

Wanda at Large is an American sitcom that ran for two seasons on the Fox network in 2003. The series was created by and stars comedian Wanda Sykes.


Sykes starred as Wanda Hawkins, an outspoken standup comic who is chosen to be a correspondent on a Washington, D.C., political talk show The Beltway Gang on WHDC-TV.[1] However, Wanda's mannerisms infuriate the show's moderators (Phil Morris and Ann Magnuson). At home, Wanda must manage her sister-in-law (Tammy Lauren), who is raising two children, Holly (Jurnee Smollett), and Barris (Robert Bailey, Jr.).

Reception and cancellation[edit]

Wanda at Large premiered on Fox on March 26, 2003, following American Idol. It gradually decreased in the ratings, premiering with 14.3 million viewers, and falling down to 10 million by the season finale. It still averaged 12.2 million for the six-episode season, however, making it the fourth highest-rated show on Fox that year out of 26, and leading Fox to renew the show. Its first-season finale aired in April 2003. In September, the show returned with new episodes in the Friday night death slot at 8:30, only to be canceled on November 7 along with the new show Luis.

During an interview with the Urbanite magazine at Georgia State University, Sykes explained that the show was only supposed to be on Friday night for an interim basis. According to Sykes, "We were told if the new night didn't work out, we would be moved to another timeslot. But, that's part of the game television execs play." She also admitted in a January 2004 interview that she wished that the series would have launched on UPN instead of Fox.[2]


  • Wanda Sykes – Wanda Hawkins
  • Dale Godboldo – Keith Townsend
  • Phil Morris – Bradley Grimes
  • Ann Magnuson – Rita
  • Tammy Lauren – Jenny Hawkins
  • Jurnee Smollett – Holly Hawkins
  • Robert Bailey, Jr. – Barris Hawkins

The show was filmed from October 2001-June 2002, and intended to have only one season, and be picked up by The WB, and premiere on August 18, 2002 to replace For Your Love. However, Fox Broadcasting Company picked up the show instead of The WB Television Network


Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Notes Original airdate
1 "Pilot" No synopsis available. March 26, 2003
2 "Death of a Councilman" No synopsis available. April 2, 2003
3 "Wanda & Bradley" No synopsis available. April 9, 2003
4 "Alma Mater" No synopsis available. April 16, 2003
5 "King Rat" No synopsis available. April 23, 2003
6 "Wanda's Party" No synopsis available. April 30, 2003

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode title Notes Original airdate
7 "The Favor" No synopsis available. September 19, 2003
8 "Hurricane Hawkins" No synopsis available. September 26, 2003
9 "Where's Roger" No synopsis available. October 3, 2003
10 "Bradley Has a Friend" No synopsis available. October 17, 2003
11 "Leave Your Daughter at Home Day" No synopsis available. October 31, 2003
12 "Clowns to the Left of Me" No synopsis available. October 31, 2003
13 "They Shoot Reporters, Don't They?" No synopsis available. November 7, 2003
14 "Back to the Club" No synopsis available. November 7, 2003
15 "Twas the Knife Before Christmas" No synopsis available. Unaired
16 "Only Built for Cuban Wandas" No synopsis available. Unaired
17 "Plane Trip" No synopsis available. Unaired
18 "The Unnatural" No synopsis available. Unaired
19 "Did Wanda Say a 4-Letter Word?" No synopsis available. Unaired

* The unaired episodes were aired for the first time on TVOne on July 4, 2006 during the 4th of July launch marathon of the series.


Reruns began airing regularly on July 5, 2006 on United States cable channel TV One. A marathon aired on July 4 as part of the channel's "Power to the People" July 4 weekend celebration.

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2004 BET Comedy Awards Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Wanda Sykes
Outstanding Comedy Series
Satellite Awards Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Wanda Skyes
2003 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Breakout Star - Female Wanda Sykes
Choice TV Breakout Show
Choice TV Actress - Comedy Wanda Sykes


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1280. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Huff, Dominique (2006-04-13). "Wanda does Urbanite". gsusignal.com. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 

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