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Martin (TV Series)

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The Resume

    (August 27, 1992-May 1, 1997)
    Aired on Fox
    Created by John Bowman and Martin Lawrence
    Martin Lawrence as Martin Payne
    Tisha Campbell as Gina Waters-Payne
    Tichina Arnold as Pamela James
    Thomas Mikal Ford as Tommy Strawn
    Carl Anthony Payne II as Cole Brown
    Garrett Morris as Stan Winters
    Jon Gries as Shawn McDermott
    Premise: Sassy sitcom centering on radio and television personality Martin Payne. Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and precedes on with best friends Tommy and Cole.
    Certain episodes set in Los Angeles, Detroit, and other parts of the world unknown

Why Martin (TV Series) might be annoying:

    Christopher Reid. Aka Kid from Kid 'N Play made a special guest appearance during season one.
    The character Cole Brown was a dumb slacker who still lived with his mother at an older age.
    Gina tried to promote her singing career by performing her single 'Push' in the 'Variety Show' episode (1993).
    The episode 'Goin' for Mine' was a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff for Tichina Arnold's character.
    Martin reportedly displayed an out of control ego on set. (But then, being the star of a show titled after you can do that.)
    Actor Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole Brown) admitted in an interview that he and Martin Lawrence did not get along on set, saying that Martin would call him names and pick at him behind the scenes after wrapping.
    In season five, there was turmoil on the set: Tisha Campbell sued Martin Lawrence and the show’s producers for sexual harassment; although the suit was settled and she agreed to complete filming, she would not appear in any more scenes with Lawrence.
    The continuing tension between Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell ensured that the fifth season would be the last one.

Why Martin (TV Series) might not be annoying:

    The show made Martin Lawrence a mega star.
    Martin Lawrence played nine additional characters over the entire duration of the show's run: Mama Payne, Sheneneh, Jerome, Roscoe, Bob from marketing, Dragonfly Jones, Elroy Preston, King Beef, and Otis.
    The show had episodes where Martin Lawrence and Tichina Arnold cracked jokes on each other, (like when Martin was handcuffed to the bed, and he wanted Pam to come over to the bed and gnaw him out of the cuffs with her teeth). Which were moments from the pair that made the show at times really funny.
    The show had some very famous special guests, ranging from Erik Estrada to Method Man.
    The show brightens up a lot people's day with it's comedy, especially teenagers coming home after school.
    Despite its age, the show still gets millions of views on YouTube and other social media platforms.
    Actor Thomas Mikal Ford died from a ruptured abdominal aneurysm on October 12, 2016, which is why the creators and Martin Lawrence wouldn't do a reboot without him.
    The whole cast, except for Thomas Mikal Ford, showed up during a recently taped reunion special, celebrating it's 30th anniversary at Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles (2022). (And yes, both Martin and Tisha were both in the same room together; with no confrontation about the sexual harassment case).
    Five words: Mama Payne pass the peas.

Credit: Eddie Burphy


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    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 437 Votes: 60.18% Annoying