Martin (TV series)

Last updated

Martin TV Show logo.png
Genre Sitcom
Created byJohn Bowman
Martin Lawrence
Topper Carew
Theme music composerSteve Keitt for Kid Entertainment, Inc.
Joey Kibble II
Mark Kibble
Paul Wright III
ComposersBill Maxwell
(season 2-5)
Greg Poree
Paul Jackson Jr.
(season 1)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes132 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJohn Bowman
Topper Carew
Martin Lawrence
Bentley Kyle Evans
Billy Van Zandt
Jane Milmore
Samm-Art Williams
ProducersWalter Barnett
Terry Crotzer
Mark J. Greenberg
Cheryl Holliday
Bennie R. Richburg, Jr.
Robert Lawrence
Production locations Universal City Studios,
Universal City, California
CinematographyWilliam Updegraff
Gary W. Scott
Alan Walker
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesYou Go Boy! Productions
(seasons 3-5)
HBO Independent Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Fox
Original releaseAugust 27, 1992 (1992-08-27) 
May 1, 1997 (1997-05-01)

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.


Broadcast history

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


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewers
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
1 27August 27, 1992 (1992-08-27)May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13)#4111.40
2 27August 22, 1993 (1993-08-22)May 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)#649.29
3 27September 1, 1994 (1994-09-01)May 18, 1995 (1995-05-18)#928.11
4 27September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)May 2, 1996 (1996-05-02)#1046.70
5 24September 5, 1996 (1996-09-05)May 1, 1997 (1997-05-01)#1106.00


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. [1]

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. [2] HBO Studios eventually settled the case with Campbell so that the show's last season could be completed. [3] 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.


Main characters

Supporting characters

Recurring characters

Other roles played by Lawrence

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.

Awards and nominations

1993 People's Choice Awards WonFavorite 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
1996Nominated 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
WonOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTichina Arnold
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesMartin Lawrence
1997NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesTisha Campbell-Martin
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesMartin Lawrence
Outstanding Comedy Series
1995 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards NominatedFavorite Television Show
Favorite Television ActorMartin Lawrence
1996Favorite Television ActorMartin 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+.

Home media

HBO Home Video has released all five seasons of Martin on DVD in Region 1.

DVD NameEp #Release Date
The Complete First Season27January 4, 2007
The Complete Second Season27May 15, 2007
The Complete Third Season27November 6, 2007
The Complete Fourth Season27April 1, 2008
The Complete Fifth and Final Season24October 7, 2008

Related Research Articles

<i>Mork & Mindy</i> American television situation comedy

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from September 14, 1978 to May 27, 1982. A spin-off after a highly successful episode of Happy Days, it starred Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-Orkan egg-shaped spaceship and Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, and later his wife and the mother of his child.

<i>Spin City</i> Television series

Spin City is an American sitcom television series that aired from September 17, 1996 until April 30, 2002 on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show is set in a semi-fictionalized version of the New York City mayor's office, and originally starred Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York. Fox departed in 2000 at the conclusion of Season 4 due to symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and Charlie Sheen became the new lead as Charlie Crawford for the final two seasons. The series was cancelled in May 2002.

<i>That 70s Show</i> American television period sitcom

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focuses on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.

<i>Joey</i> (TV series) American sitcom

Joey is an American sitcom created by Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan and a spin-off/sequel to Friends, starring Matt LeBlanc reprising his role as Joey Tribbiani. It premiered on the NBC television network, on September 9, 2004, in the former time slot of its parent series, Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m.

Ross Geller Fictional TV character

Ross Geller is one of the six main fictional characters of the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by David Schwimmer. Ross is considered by many to be the most intelligent member of the group and is noted for his goofy but lovable demeanor. His relationship with Rachel Green was included in TV Guide's list of the best TV couples of all time, as well as Entertainment Weekly's "30 Best 'Will They/Won't They?' TV Couples". Kevin Bright, one of the executive producers of the show, had worked with Schwimmer before, so the writers were already developing Ross's character in Schwimmer's voice; hence, Schwimmer was the first person to be cast on the show.

<i>The Doris Day Show</i>

The Doris Day Show is an American sitcom which was originally broadcast on CBS from September 1968 until March 1973, remaining on the air for five seasons and 128 episodes.

<i>The Suite Life of Zack & Cody</i> American sitcom first broadcast by the Disney Channel

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American teen sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series aired on Disney Channel from March 18, 2005, to September 1, 2008. The series was nominated for an Emmy Award three times and was also nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award three times.

<i>Pet Alien</i>

Pet Alien is an American computer-animated series produced by Mike Young Productions, Taffy Entertainment, Antefilms Productions, and John Doze Studios in 2005. It was created by Jeff Muncy and the episodes are mainly written by Dan Danko and directed by Andrew Young. The series centres on 12-year-old boy Tommy Cadle, whose lighthouse is invaded by five aliens. It aired on Cartoon Network, Qubo, and Kabillion in the US. 52 episodes were produced, making 104 segments.

Pam Beesly Fictional character on NBCs "The Office"

Pamela Morgan Halpert is a fictional character on the U.S. television sitcom The Office, played by Jenna Fischer. Her counterpart in the original UK series of The Office is Dawn Tinsley. Her character is initially the receptionist at the paper distribution company Dunder Mifflin, before becoming a saleswoman and eventually office administrator until she left in the series finale. Her character is shy, growing assertive but amiable, and artistically inclined, and shares romantic interest with Jim Halpert, whom she begins dating in the fourth season, marries and starts a family with as the series continues.

<i>Tyler Perrys House of Payne</i> American sitcom

Tyler Perry's House of Payne is an American sitcom television series created and produced by Tyler Perry that premiered in syndication on June 21, 2006. The series would eventually be retooled and aired on TBS from June 6, 2007, until August 10, 2012.

Angela Martin Fictional character from The Office (US)

Angela Noelle Schrute is a fictional character in the U.S. version of the television sitcom The Office, portrayed by actress Angela Kinsey. The character is based on Sheila from the original version of The Office. She is introduced as the senior accountant, head of the Party Planning Committee, and safety officer at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. Her character serves as the stuck-up and more professional face of the branch. She begins a relationship with co-worker Dwight Schrute, whom she begins secretly dating in the second season, has a child in the eighth, and marries in the ninth. This relationship continues during the fourth season while she is engaged to salesman Andy Bernard. She also has a short-lived marriage with Pennsylvania State Senator, Robert Lipton, who is initially believed to be the father of her child, Phillip. Dwight often referred to her as "Monkey" to try to keep their relationship a secret.

"Ogi Jun" is the seventeenth episode of the American television drama series The Killing, and the fourth of its second season, which aired on April 15, 2012. The episode is written by Jeremy Doner and is directed by Phil Abraham. In the episode, the detectives learn the identity of the bearer of the Ogi Jun manga tattoo; Jamie Wright and Darren Richmond discuss the future of the campaign; and Stan Larsen learns that he is not free of his mob past.


  1. "A Macho Image for a Sensitive Soul". The New York Times. November 3, 1992. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  2. "TV Notes". The New York Times. January 15, 1997. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  3. "'Martin,' Campbell reconcile". Variety. March 21, 1997. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  4. "'Martin's' Wife Leaves Fox Series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  5. "'Martin,' Campbell reconcile". Variety. March 21, 1997. Retrieved October 18, 2014.