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Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1

4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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INSPIRED BY HIS CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES, COMEDIAN CHRIS ROCK NARRATES THE HILARIOUS, TOUCHING STORY OF A TEENAGER GROWING UP AS THE ELDEST OF CHILDREN IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK DURING THE EARLY 1980S.

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Beginning with its assured pilot episode, it's love at first sight for Everybody Hates Chris. This loosely autobiographical family sitcom has a distinctive voice (belonging to co-creator Chris Rock, who also serves as narrator) and a strong sense of time (1982-83) and place (Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood). For Chris (the winning Tyler James Williams), turning 13 is anything but a wonder year. He is the only black kid in an all-white junior high school (to which he is bused) that offers him "not a Harvard-type education, just not a sticking-up-a-liquor-store-type education." At school, he is befriended by the geeky Greg (Vincent Martella), and mercilessly tormented by the red-haired bully Joey Caruso (Travis T. Flory). At home, his father, Julius, (former NFL player Terry Crews) works two jobs to make ends meet, and knows the cost of everything ("That's 49 cents of spilt milk on my table"). His mother, Rochelle (Tichina Arnold), also works part-time and knows "100 recipes for whooping ass." Chris is often called upon to be "the emergency adult" to his younger brother, Drew (Tequan Richmond), who is taller than Chris and better at everything from karate to girls, and his younger sister, Tonya (Imani Hakim), who is Daddy's favorite and delights in getting Chris into trouble.

While Chris's family is much more functional than Roseanne's clan, it, too, etches a vivid portrait of a family struggling to get by, as when Rochelle explains to Julius the "debt system" of paying bills. But most of the humor is universal, from Chris's life-changing discovery of his father's Playboy magazine to his anxiety over Picture Day at school. Everybody Hates Chris also manages to show the love without being mawkishly sentimental. In the pilot, narrator Rock notes that his father didn't express his feelings, but as he was only one of four fathers on the block, his "'I'll see you in the morning' meant he'd be coming home. And that was his way of saying, 'I love you.'" --Donald Liebenson


Special Features

  • 22 episodes from the 2005-06 season on four discs
  • Everybody Hates the Making of Everybody Hates Chris
  • Everybody Hates the Set
  • Everybody Hates Video Cameras
  • Everybody Hates the Music
  • Everybody Hates Tichina's Theme Song
  • Everybody Hates Ali's Photos
  • Everybody Hates Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Auditions

Product Details

  • Actors: Tyler James Williams, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim, Vincent Martella
  • Directors: Chris Rock, Ali LeRoi, Dennie Gordon, Eric Laneuville, Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HDR87S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1" on IMDb

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This is one of the funniest shows around. I really love it. Chris Rock narrates, while actors act out the story of his childhood when he was 13 years old. It's about Chris and his family moving out of the projects and making a new start. Chris goes to school by himself to a good school in an Italian neighborhood (a real long haul) while his two siblings (younger brother Drew and younger sister Tonya go to their same school) so he has to learn to fight new battles as he tries to fit in. His first day there he faces a bully but also makes a new friend Greg (who couldn't win a fight if he tried). Back at home there is his dad Julius (played by the hilarious Terry Crews) and his take-no-nonsense mum Rochelle. His dad is really tight and tries to save money wherever he can and however he can.

All the episodes are called Everyone Hates The ... and each episode keeps getting better and better. To me, my favourite is episode 7 called Everyone Hates The Babysitter. Julius and Rochelle decide to have a date night and hire this girl to babysit the three kids. She always leaves the house to take care of her business. That in itself is funny but then Julius and Rochelle are at a restaurant that doesn't accept their coupon and the restaurant gets robbed.

It's such a great show and you will be in stitches watching it. Chris Rock narrates perfectly and you can see his life coming to life in each episode. I love it and hope you enjoy it and are as entertained by it as much as I am. I can't wait to get my copy.
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A Kid's Review on September 27, 2006
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everybody hates chris is the best serie i've ever seen the best thing is that it is so real. In the normal live it happens like this and the people chosen for the video have the right faces for their personage when watching the serie you feel like it's real, i want to know if their are more videos of everybody hates chris, if not it would be fine to make some more seasons before teh boys grow up.
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Comedian Chris Rock created Everyone Hates Chris. This show is a cross between American Graffitti and The Wonder Years.

What makes this show funny is the reason The Wonder Years were funny. A family show covering LIFE, real life-where there is so much humor.

It is worth it-YES. The humor crosses color lines and is worth it

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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I wanted to get this show on DVD simply because whenever I wanna watch it on tv, it's not on. So I bought season 1 and I gotta say I'm glad I did. For one, Paramount did an excellent job with this release. It's in widescreen and it has an English 5.1 soundtrack (2. 0 also included) and it has some extras too. Also, this may not go over well with some people (especially die-hard fans of the show) but a lot of the licensed music in the show has been replaced with original music. Not a big deal to me. It's a funny family show, although there is some language in it. So hopefully this review helps.
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I just purchased this DVD based on the few shows that I watched. The show is about Chris Rock family and school life in his early teens. Anyone can relate to his family (the bratty youngest child, the perfect child, mom who can get over on dad anytime and the loving, but cheap father).

I loved every show!!
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A Kid's Review on September 28, 2006
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Everybody Hates Chris is the funniest show that has ever been made. The family is crazy. The mom can't stop eating so many chocolate turtles! I want the DVD to be out soon.
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I absolutely LOVE Everybody Hates Chris...& love even more the fact that I was able to purchase the first season at such a wonderful price. The set was pre-owned & better than ever! Absolutely wonderful!
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We bought several of these dvds. I have a grandson about the same age as 'Chris', and we can relate to some of the same predicaments that they both get themselves into. I also appreciate that there's no profanity, or innuendos, or sexual situations involved.Even tho it's been a few years since we've seen some of the episodes, my grandson and I still laugh when we recount some of the situations that 'Chris' got himself into .Good, clean fun
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