The Hughleys

The Hughleys
Genre Sitcom
Created by D. L. Hughley
Matt Wickline
Starring D. L. Hughley
Elise Neal
Eric Allan Kramer
John Henton
Ashley Monique Clark
Dee Jay Daniels
Marietta DePrima
Theme music composer Jonathan Wolff (seasons 12)
Paul Buckley (seasons 12)
John Butcher (seasons 34)
Andrew Rollins (seasons 34)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 89 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Chris Rock
Michael Rotenberg
Dave Becky
Matt Wickline (seasons 13)
D. L. Hughley (seasons 34)
Kim Friese (season 3)
Marco Pennette (season 4)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 2224 minutes
Production company(s) The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio
Willowick Entertainment
Fox Television Studios
Distributor 20th Television
Original network ABC (19982000)
UPN (20002002)
Picture format 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV; season 4 only)
Original release September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22) – May 20, 2002 (2002-05-20)

The Hughleys is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 22, 1998 to April 28, 2000 and on the UPN network from September 11, 2000 to May 20, 2002. It starred comedian D. L. Hughley as the main character, Darryl Hughley, and Elise Neal as Yvonne, his hard-working wife, who move their family from the inner city to suburban Los Angeles.

Plot summary

The show's main cast consisted of D. L. Hughley as the main character, vending machine salesman Darryl Hughley. Elise Neal portrayed Darryl's wife, Yvonne. Alongside starring in the series was ex-Living Single co-star, John Henton who portrayed the couple's best friend, Milsap, from the "old neighborhood", most often visit them and stopped by to help the family out (much resemblance to Willona visiting James and Florida on Good Times.), and including Yvonne and Darryl's two children: 12-year-old Sydney, played by Ashley Monique Clark and 10-year-old Michael, played by Dee Jay Daniels, who both sometimes acted out or got into complete chaos. Michael's best friends included: Ronnie (played by Preston Wamsley), Otto (originally played by Connor Matheus in Season 1 and 2, then Ian Meltzer from Season 3 and 4), and Miles (played by Martin Spanjers).

The initial plot for the story is Darryl Hughley, who owns his own successful vending machine business, moving out of a South Los Angeles ghetto to West Hills, a predominantly white neighborhood within the San Fernando Valley. Darryl and his family try to adjust to living in an all-white area, at the same time trying to not forget who they are and where they came from. Darryl and Yvonne befriend their new neighbors Sally and Dave who are literally the polar opposite of Darryl. The story has many racial themes to it but are usually comedic as Darryl makes fun of other races, especially his white and Korean neighbors.

Cast and characters

Marietta DePrima and Eric Allan Kramer played Dave and Sally Rogers, a primary, friendly, wholesome white couple that live in the suburbs, and Darryl's happy-go-lucky mother Hattie Mae Hughley, played by Marla Gibbs and his father, Henry Hughley, played by Ellis Williams.

In return, Telma Hopkins portrayed Yvonne's mother, Paulette Williams; opposite Hopkins, Sherman Hemsley portrayed Yvonne's father, Mr. Williamswho did not get along with Darryl, because in Darryl's own words, thought of him as a "jackass", including Patricia Belcher as the family's Aunt Jessie Mae Hughley. Adele Givens portrayed Yvonne's older sister Shari Williams, a wise-cracking, back-talking evil sister-in-law to Darryl.

The show spent two seasons on ABC. In its first season, it followed Home Improvement,[1] but was canceled when ABC decided to revamp its TGIF lineup.[2] UPN picked up the show in the fall of 2000 and it aired in the Monday night lineup along Moesha, The Parkers and Girlfriends.[3] While The Parkers and Girlfriends had improved ratings, The Hughleys aired its series finale after its fourth season.

The series had many guest stars including Ashley Tisdale, Kelly Rowland, Lil' Romeo, Gary Coleman, Adele Givens, Telma Hopkins, Sherman Hemsley, Vivica A. Fox, Martin Spanjers, Mo'Nique, Tyra Banks, Rose Marie, among others.

from left: Marietta DePrima, Eric Allan Kramer, Ashley Monique Clark, Elise Neal, D. L. Hughley, Dee Jay Daniels, and John Henton

Main characters

Recurring characters


Series finale

The Hughleys ended with a cliffhanger. On the two-part series finale entitled "It's a Girl!" (aired on May 13 and May 20, 2002), Darryl Hughley's niece, Carly (guest star Kelly Rowland) is preparing for college (the college was unknown), with peace, tranquility and no expectation of her relatives coming to annoy her (implying the entire Hughleys clan). Carly then receives an unexpected visit from her cousins Sydney and Michael. Darryl and Milsap go to their twentieth high school reunion and Milsap learns that his "old" girlfriend, Shandra, has a child, and he is the father.


Season Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1st September 22, 1998 May 11, 1999 1998–1999 #37[4] 12.4[4]
2nd September 24, 1999 April 28, 2000 1999–2000 #77[5] 8.46[5]
3rd September 11, 2000 May 14, 2001 2000–2001 #130[6] 3.4[6]
4th September 3, 2001 May 20, 2002 2001–2002 #135[7] 3.6[7]


Reruns of The Hughleys started airing in syndication in mid-September 2002 to 2003. The series aired on FXX from 2013-2014. On January 5, 2015, Bounce TV began airing reruns on weeknights at 7pm and 7:30pm.


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  3. Adalian, Josef; Schneider, Michael (2000-05-18). "UPN pumps macho menu, picks up ABC's 'Hughleys'". Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  4. 1 2 "TV Winners & Losers: Numbers Racket A Final Tally Of The Season's Show (from Nielsen Media Research)". GeoCities. June 4, 1999. Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  5. 1 2 "Top TV Shows For 1999-2000 Season". Variety. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
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