Everybody Hates Chris
Chris Rock - Everybody Hates Chris (Season 1 OP movie)
Inspired by his childhood experiences, comedian Chris Rock narrates the hilarious, touching story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three children in Brooklyn, New York, during the early 1980's. Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bused into a predominantly white middle school two hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris (Tyler James Williams) struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This responsible resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his everyday trials and traumas in UPN's new single-camera comedy EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS.
Everybody Hates Chris also visits the previously unmined territory of black generational nostalgia. Instead of the disco-tinged memories of That 70s Show, Chris features a 13-year-old boy with Grandmaster Flash posters on his wall and a fantasy life populated with fly girls and puffy white sneakers. It also has a bouncy period soundtrack, ranging from Run-DMC to the Furious Five to the Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder collaboration "Ebony and Ivory." I only hope this brave little David of a sitcom, scheduled against Goliaths like The O.C. (one of the whitest shows on television) gets a chance to build the audience it needs to grow.