Martin 30: Celebrating Boundary Hit Sitcom | US Television

MeIn the early 90’s, Tisha Campbell’s on-screen carrier was about to explode. Part of the Little Shop of Horrors’ children’s Greek choir led to more mature work at Spike Lee’s School Days and Reginald Hudlin’s comedy franchise, House Party.

Campbell was convinced that she had the biggest break ever. This played an important role in the ABC drama, which was scheduled for mid-season pickup. Martin Lawrence is a ridiculous stand-up comedian and host of the diff comedy jam that has also appeared in these two films. , He approached her about playing a girlfriend on the sitcom pilot he was developing on HBO. And after she boldly said “yes,” the stunning reaction of her management could be summarized in a single Lawrence tagline. You are so crazy.. “I don’t always do anything for traditional reasons,” she told the Guardian. “Sometimes I do something for my friends. Martin came to my apartment to convince me to do it, and he didn’t leave until I committed.”

This is just one of many ways Lawrence’s tenacity and vision shaped Martin. Martin is an unconventional hit sitcom that has become a syndicated and treasured article on Black Americana. “We’re very proud and a little shocked that people still accept it like’joyful brady’or’I Love Lucy’,” says Campbell. .. “We are humble and happy to have a lot of euphemisms, phrases and fashion. Millennials and Gen-Z are crazy about everything in the 90’s.”

After 25 years of screaming from fans, the cast finally reunited for Martin: a reunion premiered at BET + on Thursday. Like the Bel Air Reunion’s Fresh Prince, the Martin Special over 90 minutes unfolds like a gathering of black families – pop-ins from people who haven’t been seen for a long time, small churches, and reminiscent of the good old days. Let’s mountain’every day.

Martin made his debut in Fox in August 1992, three months before The Cosby Show approved the NBC. “It’s fresh, and we’re coming to you,” Lawrence warned at the Arsenio Hall show. Set in Detroit, the series features exaggerated radio host Martin Pain, girlfriend Gina (Campbell), her best friend Pam (Tichina Arnold), and two fellow Cole (Carl Antony Pain and the late Thomas). Focused on the inevitable clash with Michalford). Off microphone. What’s more, Lawrence played another character on the show, and many years before his companion Eddie Murphy was doing it at The Nutty Professor.from Terrible uncontrollable Lawrence said old guard Otis and his favorite neighbor, Schenene, with marketing manager Bob, one of Gina’s white colleagues, worked to create a show that straddles the border between sitcom and sketch comedy. rice field. While Ted Danson and Kelsey Grammer were cleaning up at the Emmy Awards, he only won three NAACP Image Awards, but he remains one of Hollywood’s greatest robbers. “Martin doesn’t have enough credit to be our Milton Berle,” Campbell said.

Using The Simpsons as a lead-in on Thursday night, Martin gained an average of 11 million viewers in the first season and ranked even more sensibilities. Newsweek panned this series as “a deification that a homeboy crazy about sex doesn’t go anywhere.” Network censors had problems with the free use of words such as dung, hell, and ass in the show. This could only be said once in an episode. “How many times do you have genitals and big breasts?” Bill Cosby swiped Martin and moaned.

But where critics were controversial, young viewers portrayed the life of a young black man in the show and in familiar neighborhoods like Jeri (Jeri Gray) and Blue Man (Reginald Ballard) in the old rattle. Connected to eccentric people. Attacked Martin and Gina and their fridge. “We will see the show rather than make music,” Snoop Dogg reveals at Reunion. “Even if there was a person like Blue Man. We always had such a person in the studio and just appeared. It was very parallel to our way of life.”

Martin featured Snoop, Notorious BIG, and OutKast, as well as R & B crewer Brian McKnight and comedian Tracy Morgan, who sell multi-platinum when cable TV was barely trying to introduce black music stars. Both thanks The Reunion), boxing champion Tommy Hearns, pioneering NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, and created playspace for the US women’s basketball team. Lawrence’s elastic physical comedy, the sly fourth wall scream (“Young at night, restless,” one character tells Y & R superstar Christoph St. John), And Martin’s “Chilligans Island” Journey A quarter of the episodes of fighting fake rodents are still fresh.

But apart from those bits and the tagline fountain, what still resonates most for me is how bold Martin was about spotlighting cohabiting Paramore (remember: Threes Company). The whole gimmick was about leaving), and how diligent the series was, a joint check from meeting parents through the day Martin and Gina said I’m doing under Babyface Serenade in Jamaica. About bringing viewers on that black love journey until opening an account. Where the Cosby Show was designed as a portrayal of black life that can be tasted in the white gaze, Martin was trying to make the black audience laugh enough to literally trample them at home and in the studio. “It’s not a saccharin-type show like syrup,” Campbell says. “We were doing this about his real life and his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, based on Martin’s stand-up, so people are very involved in it.” Martin’s success and audience It’s no more ironic that he had a great deal of responsibility in transforming Fox from a “black network” to a mainstream institution.

In fact, Martin’s worst case is that Campbell has filed a proceeding against Lawrence and the show’s producer for sexual harassment and physical assault. This was partially resolved in her shooting scenes other than Lawrence during most of the show’s fifth and final seasons. .. And even after the two stars broke up, Campbell crossed ABC’s My Wife and Kids and Dr. Ken’s stardom, and Lawrence appeared as a colossal statue of box office revenue. They endured as an on-screen couple in a popular imagination. Campbell’s divorce and the sudden death of Ford (a spiritual ballast who legitimately wins her funeral long-term remittance at her reunion) in 2016, and Lawrence overcome her health and legal issues. It took me to fill her hatchery. “We worked really hard to forget to forgive,” Campbell told CBS Gayle King earlier this week.

It was difficult to anticipate the possibility of a reboot as the cast returned to their familiar rhythm in Martin’s old apartment set. But Lawrence quickly stopped thinking, saying it wouldn’t be possible without Ford. It’s sad to know that Martin and Gina’s love story won’t last, but reunion brings at least the next best thing: a real closure.

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