In the House (TV series)
|In the House|
|Created by||Winifred Hervey|
|Theme music composer||
Quincy Jones III|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||76 (list of episodes)|
Walter Allen Bennett, Jr.|
Teri Schaffer Hicks
|Running time||22 mins. (approx)|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1999–present)|
|Original release||April 10, 1995 – August 11, 1999|
In the House is an American sitcom that premiered on April 10, 1995 on NBC. The series moved to UPN after its second season, where it remained for an additional two seasons until it was canceled again in May 1998; the final fifth season aired again on NBC from August 3–11, 1999. In the House starred LL Cool J and Maia Campbell.
Marion Hill (LL Cool J) is a former professional football player with the Los Angeles Raiders. Because of his financial predicament, Marion is forced to rent out most of the rooms in his house to newly divorced single mother Jackie Warren (Debbie Allen) and her two children, Tiffany (Maia Campbell) and Austin (Jeffery Wood).
After the second season, the series was retooled, becoming more adult oriented. Jackie and Austin both moved back East while Tiffany stayed with Marion to finish high school. Joining the cast for the third season was former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro as Dr. Maxwell "Max" Stanton and In Living Color cast member Kim Wayans as Tonia Harris. Both Maxwell and Tonia helped Marion manage the Los Angeles sports clinic he owns, then Kim leaves after Season 4, and Tiffany leaves after only two episodes in Season 5.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||6||April 10, 1995||May 15, 1995||NBC|
|2||20||September 18, 1995||May 13, 1996|
|3||22||August 26, 1996||May 19, 1997||UPN|
|4||22||August 25, 1997||April 7, 1998|
|5||6||August 3, 1999||August 11, 1999||NBC|
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air connection
In the House and Fresh Prince were both executive produced by Winifred Hervey, David Salzman and Quincy Jones. During the second season's first episode, Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali appeared as their Fresh Prince characters (Carlton and Ashley Banks) in the crossover episode "Dog Catchers". Later that season, James Avery (Phillip Banks) appeared as a mediator in the episode "Love on a One-Way Street".
Lark Voorhies, who appeared as Mercedes Langford, Maxwell Stanton's (Alfonso Ribeiro) girlfriend turned wife, also played Cindy, a character who was romantically involved with Ribeiro's Fresh Prince character, Carlton Banks. In the Season 4 episode "My Pest Friend's Wedding", James Avery and Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian Banks) guest starred as Dr. Maxwell Stanton's parents. Both Avery and Reid portrayed the parents of Ribeiro's Fresh Prince character. Joseph Marcell, who played the wisecracking Geoffrey Butler on Fresh Prince, also appeared as an officiating minister in the same episode.
- LL Cool J – Marion Hill
- Kim Wayans – Tonia Harris (seasons 2–4)
- Maia Campbell – Tiffany Warren
- Alfonso Ribeiro – Dr. Maxwell Stanton (seasons 3–5)
- Debbie Allen – Jackie Warren (seasons 1–2)
- Jeffery Wood – Austin Warren (seasons 1–2)
- Dee Jay Daniels – Rodney (season 3, episodes 1–7)
- Lisa Arrindell Anderson – Heather Combstock (seasons 1–2)
- Ken Lawson – Carl (season 3–5)
- Paulette Braxton – Natalie Davis (season 4)
- Gabrielle Carmouche – Raynelle (season 4–5)
- Luis Antonio Ramos – Tito Gonzoles (season 4)
- Lark Voorhies – Mercedes Langford (seasons 4–5)
- Kenya Moore – Valerie Bridgeforth (season 5)
- John Amos – Coach Sam Wilson
- Chris Browning – Clayton (seasons 1–2)
- Mel Jackson – Graham
- Michael Warren – Milton
- Derek McGrath – Bernie/Agent Dick Kelly
- Phil Morris – Goldwire
- Eric Howell Sharp – Benny (season 3)
Notable guest stars
- Evander Holyfield
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Jane Lynch
- Phil Morris
- Fred Roggin
- Reggie Theus
- Kobe Bryant
- Ricky Watters
- Eddie George
- Deion Sanders
- Junior Seau
- Jerome Bettis
- Sherman Hemsley
- Derek Fisher
- Del Harris
- Kenya Moore
U.S. television ratings
|Season||TV Season||Network||Ratings Rank|| Viewers|
Awards and nominations
|1996||Young Artist Awards||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten – Television||Jeffery Wood|
|Best Performance by a Young Actress – TV Comedy Series||Maia Campbell|
|NAACP Image Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||John Amos|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||LL Cool J|
|Outstanding Comedy Series|| |
|1997||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||LL Cool J|
|1998||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||LL Cool J|
|Won||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Alfonso Ribeiro|
|1999||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Alfonso Ribeiro|
|1997||Emmy Award||Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series||Art Busch (For episode "Curse of the Hill House")|
The show aired in off-network syndication during the 1999–2000 season, the series had reran weeknights at 7:00pm EST on New York City's local UPN's affiliation WWOR-TV until it was replaced by The Jamie Foxx Show reruns in fall 2000, and on TV One from 2004–2008. On June 13, 2016 BET airs reruns of the show in the earlier months on the weekdays in random times. Soon, this show reruns only in the overnight hours from 2:30AM to 4:00AM on Fridays until the week of August 29 to September 2, 2016.
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