The Game (U.S. TV series)

The Game
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Mara Brock Akil
Theme music composer
  • Kurt Farquhar
  • Def Jef
  • James D. Joiner III
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 147 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Salim Akil
  • Kenny Smith Jr.
  • Erica Montolfo-Bura
Producer(s) Dan Dugan
Location(s) Atlanta, Georgia
  • Travis G. Rendich
  • Timothy Mozer
Camera setup Single
Running time 22 to 24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV) (2011–2015) 480i (SDTV) (2006–2009)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
First shown in April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17)
Original release October 1, 2006 – August 5, 2015
Related shows Girlfriends
External links

The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime schedule. Along with Runaway, it was one of only two series on the new network not to be inherited from either of its predecessor networks, The WB and UPN, during the network's first season. The series is a spinoff of the long-running UPN/CW sitcom, Girlfriends.

After three seasons, the series was canceled by The CW in May 2009.[1] BET struck a deal with The Game's parent company CBS to develop new episodes of the series, relocating taping of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta, and announcing its renewal at the April 2010 upfronts. The Game returned to the air for a fourth season on January 11, 2011,[2] with a record breaking 7.7 million viewers.

On April 24, 2014, BET announced the eighth season renewal of The Game.[3] On October 6, 2014, BET announced the show that had also been renewed for a ninth, and final, season.[4] The eighth season premiered on January 14, 2015 at 10/9c, and the final season premiered on June 3, 2015 and ended on August 5, 2015.


With the growing success of the UPN sitcom Girlfriends, that show's creator and producers decided to create a spinoff series. On April 17, 2006, a Girlfriends episode called The Game focused on a young woman who decides to put her pending career plans on hold for the rising success of her star athlete boyfriend. The character, Melanie Barnett, was introduced in the episode as the first cousin of Joan Clayton, Girlfriends' principal character.

The episode performed well and gained enough interest for The CW network to pick up The Game as a new series for its fall 2006-07 prime time line-up. Originally, actress Renee Bruce was cast for the role of Melanie but was later replaced with Tia Mowry. Before debuting on The CW, more cast changes occurred. Aldis Hodge and Jennifer Baxter, both of whom appeared in the pilot episode, were replaced by Pooch Hall and Brittany Daniel respectively. Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson were the remaining cast members.

Backdoor pilot

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
1336.18"The Game"April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17)

Joan Clayton (Tracee Ellis Ross) tries to persuade her cousin, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry), an aspiring med student, to pursue her career in medical school instead of putting her life on hold for her boyfriend (Pooch Hall) and waiting for his career to kick off.

Note: This episode served as the backdoor pilot episode for the Girlfriends-spinoff, The Game. Joan Clayton was the lead character of the now-canceled Girlfriends.


As the series premieres, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) is a first-year medical school student who has given up an offer of admission to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore to follow her boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall), a professional football player, to San Diego, against the advice of her parents. Derwin Davis is a first-year rookie with a fictional team called the "San Diego Sabers". As Melanie settles into her new life, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), the mother of Sabers' starting quarterback Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez), and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the then wife of Sabers' captain Jason Pitts (Coby Bell). As she learns to balance her new roles as both med student and the partner of a professional football player, Tasha and Kelly immediately warn her to keep a close eye on her boyfriend because of the numerous "gold diggers" who approach the professional football players. Over time the relationships evolves with the players and the significant others, leading to the series to more focus on their relationships and less on the sport.


Further information: List of The Game characters

Main cast

Recurring cast

Special guest appearances


U.S. ratings

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of The Game on The CW. When The Game transferred from the CW to BET, it acquired 7.7 million viewers, which was a record for a scripted premiere on BET.[5]

Season Network Timeslot (ET) Season premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Season finale Viewers
(in millions)
TV season Rank Viewers (in millions)
1 The CW Sunday 8:30 p.m. (2006) Monday 9:30 p.m. (2006–2007) October 1, 2006 2.60[6] May 14, 2007 2.51[7] 0.9[7] 2006–2007 #141[8] 2.33[9]
2 Monday 9:30 p.m. (2007–2008) Sunday 9:00 p.m. (2008) October 1, 2007 2.98[10] 1.4[10] May 18, 2008 1.62[11] 0.8[11] 2007–2008 #196 2.35[12]
3 Friday 8:30 p.m. (2008–2009) October 3, 2008 1.95[13] May 15, 2009 1.78[14] 1.2[14] 2008–2009 #174 1.75[15]
4 BET Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2011) January 11, 2011 7.68[16] 3.6[16] March 29, 2011 4.43[17] 2.2[17] 2010-2011 N/A 4.53
5 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2012) January 10, 2012 5.28[18] 2.8[18] June 5, 2012 2.49[19] 1.3[19] 2011-2012 N/A 2.69
6 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2013) March 26, 2013 2.54[20] 1.2[20] September 3, 2013 3.77[21] 1.9[21] 2012-2013 N/A 3.35
7 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2014) March 4, 2014 3.35[22] 1.6[22] April 29, 2014 2.53[23] 1.2[23] 2013-2014 N/A 3.35
8 Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (2014) January 14, 2015 3.13 [24] 1.1[24] March 4, 2015 2015 - N/A TBA
9 Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (2015) June 3, 2015 [24] August 5, 2015


In September 2006, writer Staci Robinson filed a $40 million lawsuit against the CW, CBS, Warner Bros., and Grammnet Productions for copyright infringement. Robinson claimed that she had applied for a job as writer's assistant in 2005 with series creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil, to whom Robinson had subsequently sent her novel, Interceptions. The novel is about a woman who decides to put her goal of becoming a lawyer on hold to follow her boyfriend as he pursues a career as a professional football player.[25] After receiving the novel, Robinson was interviewed for the job but later declined the position. Robinson alleged that Akil and a CW screenwriter stole the idea from her novel to create the series. The suit was settled out of court under a non-disclosure agreement in September 2007.[26]

BET on January 11, 2011. The premiere drew 7.7 million viewers, making it the biggest ad-supported sitcom telecast in the history of cable.[27] Stacey Mattocks is credited with creating the Facebook fChanchez officially announced at the 2011 BET Awards that the show would begin its fifth season in 2012. The fifth season premiered on January 10, 2012. Tia Mowry-Hardrict announced via Twitter that she would not be returning to the series. In June 2012, it was confirmed that actress Lauren London and actor Jay Ellis had joined the cast as series regulars.

In April 2013, it was announced that The Game has been renewed for a seventh season.[28] The seventh season premiered on March 4, 2014. In 2014 BET said that the series would end in 2015. On June 3, 2015 the final season premiered.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2007 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Kenny Smith, Jr. (for "The Trey Wiggs Episode")
2008 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Sara V. Finney (for "The Big Chill" episode)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
Won Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Erica Montolfo (for episode "White Coats and White Lies")
2009 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominated Comedy
2007 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Actress: Comedy Tia Mowry

DVD releases

Season releases
The First Season
Set details Special features
  • 22 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • N/A Aspect Ratio
  • N/A Mins
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Includes the backdoor pilot episode from GirlfriendsThe Game - Press Release Gives The Game Plan for The 1st Season on DVD
  • Rift and Separate
    • Interview with Mara Brock Akil
  • To Baby...Or Not To Baby
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • The Iceman Cometh
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • All-Star Blues
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • When the Chickens Comes To Roost (Parts 1 & 2)
    • Offseason interview with Mara Brock Akil
Release date
 United States (Region 1)
September 1, 2009

Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are also available in the United States and Canada.


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