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|Created by||John Bowman|
|Theme music composer||Steve Keitt for Kid Entertainment, Inc.|
Joey Kibble II
Paul Wright III
Paul Jackson Jr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||132 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||John Bowman|
Bentley Kyle Evans
Billy Van Zandt
Mark J. Greenberg
Bennie R. Richburg, Jr.
|Production locations|| Universal City Studios,|
Universal City, California
Gary W. Scott
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production companies||You Go Boy! Productions|
HBO Independent Productions
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||August 27, 1992 –|
May 1, 1997
Martin is an American television sitcom that aired for five seasons on Fox from August 27, 1992, to May 1, 1997. The show starred comedian and namesake Martin Lawrence as the titular character. Lawrence also played several other characters. Reflecting the rising popularity of the Fox network throughout the 1990s, Martin was one of the network's highest-rated shows during the sitcom's run.
|1992–93||Thursday at 8:30–9:00 pm|
|1993–94||Sunday at 8:00–8:30 pm|
|1994–95||Thursday at 8:00–8:30 pm|
|1995–96||Saturday at 8:00–8:30 pm (September 9 – October 28, 1995)|
Sunday at 8:30–9:00 pm (November 5, 1995 – February 4, 1996; February 18 – 25, 1996)
Thursday at 8:30–9:00 pm (February 8 – 15, 1996; February 29 – May 2, 1996)
|1996–97||Thursday at 8:00–8:30 pm|
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Rank||Average viewers|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||27||August 27, 1992||May 13, 1993||#41||11.40|
|2||27||August 22, 1993||May 15, 1994||#64||9.29|
|3||27||September 1, 1994||May 18, 1995||#92||8.11|
|4||27||September 9, 1995||May 2, 1996||#104||6.70|
|5||24||September 5, 1996||May 1, 1997||#110||6.00|
Set in Detroit, Michigan the series stars Martin Lawrence in the role of Martin Payne, a disc jockey with his girlfriend Gina Waters (Tisha Campbell). Martin works for the fictional radio station WZUP and later for local Public-access television station Channel 51. A common theme of the series is Martin's selfish and free-spirited nature. Episodes often center on Martin's inappropriate behaviors and incessant smart mouth towards his friends, neighbors, and whoever else finds themselves in his presence. When all is said and done, however, Martin loves his family and friends—it just takes dire situations for him to show it.
As the series progressed, plotlines saw Martin eventually move on to become the host of the talk show Word on the Street, which aired on the small Detroit public-access television station Channel 51. He retained this position until the series' final episode, in which he and Gina prepared to move to Los Angeles, from where his show would be syndicated nationally. The move coincided fortuitously with Gina's promotion by her boss Mr. Whitaker to head up his company's new Los Angeles headquarters, after having shut down the Detroit office. Gina's best friend Pam, whom Whitaker let go two episodes earlier due to this consolidation and downsizing, went on to pursue a career in the music industry as an artists & repertoire (A&R) executive at Keep It Real Records. (This plotline is the subject of a backdoor pilot episode that was included in the Martin series for a planned sitcom on Fox starring Tichina Arnold to be called Goin' for Mine (Episode 129, "Goin' for Mine"). This sitcom never materialized, however.) And at series' end, Cole proposed to his even more dimwitted, but attractive and devoted girlfriend Shanise (portrayed by Maura McDade), and they made plans to move into their own place. The only actor to appear in every episode as the same character is Thomas Mikal Ford as Tommy.
In early episodes, Lawrence began with a monologue of him speaking directly to the camera and audience from the darkened radio studio.
In 1997, Tisha Campbell filed a lawsuit against her co-star Martin Lawrence and the show's producers for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults, and she did not appear in most of the season five episodes. The explanation in most of the episodes Campbell did not appear in was that Gina was "out on business", though in the two-part episode "Going Overboard" it was stated that Gina had arrived too late to board the boat for the trip alongside everyone else.HBO Studios eventually settled the case with Campbell so that the show's last season could be completed. Campbell did return to the Martin set to film the two-part series finale of the show under the condition that she would not share any scenes with or interact in any way with Lawrence. In the episode, Martin and Gina kept entering and exiting the sets at different times and the storyline was adjusted so that the characters were both part of it but never crossed paths.
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One of the trademark running gags of Martin, especially early in its run, was Lawrence playing multiple characters, utilizing various costumes and prosthetic appliances. This was often done as a plot device or comic relief. Season four was the last season to feature Lawrence as multiple characters on a regular basis. This technique was rarely used in Season 5, which was the final season of the series. The only characters that appeared in Season 5 were Sheneneh, Roscoe and Elroy. Mama Payne does not appear but her voice is heard in the holiday episode "Scrooge". Most of the other characters were last seen in Season 4 and the episodes they last appeared in seemingly wrote them out of the series.
|1993||People's Choice Awards||Won||Favorite TV New Comedy Series|
|1994||NAACP Image Awards||Won||Outstanding Comedy Series|
|1995||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Martin Lawrence|
|Outstanding Comedy Series|
|1996||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Marla Gibbs|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Carl Anthony Payne II|
|Thomas Mikal Ford|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Tisha Campbell-Martin|
|Outstanding Comedy Series|
|Won||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Tichina Arnold|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Martin Lawrence|
|1997||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Tisha Campbell-Martin|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Martin Lawrence|
|Outstanding Comedy Series|
|1995||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Nominated||Favorite Television Show|
|Favorite Television Actor||Martin Lawrence|
|1996||Favorite Television Actor||Martin Lawrence|
Martin went into second run syndication on August 8, 1995 airing on local stations primarily of the WB and UPN (later merged as CW) and Fox affiliates mostly near the 10:30/11:00pm timeslots.
Martin formerly aired reruns on TV One, USA Network, and MTV2.
As of August 2020, the series airs reruns on BET and VH1.
Warner Bros. Television Distribution holds the national syndication rights of Martin.
The series is able to be purchased on Prime Video, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, Vudu, and the iTunes Store as of July 2020.
The series is available to be streamed on BET+.
HBO Home Video has released all five seasons of Martin on DVD in Region 1.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The Complete First Season||27||January 4, 2007|
|The Complete Second Season||27||May 15, 2007|
|The Complete Third Season||27||November 6, 2007|
|The Complete Fourth Season||27||April 1, 2008|
|The Complete Fifth and Final Season||24||October 7, 2008|
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