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Comedian Martin Lawrence stars as Martin Payne in this charmingly funny urban sitcom, set in Michigan during the mid to late 1990's. Martin Payne is a DJ with the top talk show in the Detroit area. His personality is larger than life and keeps you laughing at every turn. The group of characters in this show range from uppity to dumb as a rock; which balances this comedic group of players. Every week there is a different scenario of love, life and the pursuit of the American dream.

Pretentious sweet loving girlfriend turned wife Gina Water is played by Tisha Campbell who tries to smooth Martins rough edges; yet broaden his outlook on life with the finer things. This situation always adds for immediate laughs with Martin kicking and screaming to keep it real. Pamela James played by Tishina Arnold, works with Gina at the advertising agency and is her best friend; however she is Martin's biggest antagonist. Martin's two best friends since he was knee high to a grasshopper are Tommy Strong born Thomas Mikal Ford and Cole Brown portrayed by Carl Anthony Payne II. There is a long running Joke as to what Tommy's career was. The writers make it a known fact that Cole has the smarts of a rock, cleans airplanes and lives with his mother.

There are a host of characters with reoccurring roles played by Martin such as his neighbor Shaneneh Jenkins. Shaneneh is an around the way girl with her own beauty shop and loves to throw mean words at Gina and especially Pam. Edna Payne Martin's mother who can't stand that yellow heifer Gina, Jerome an old played out pimp with rotten teeth, Roscoe a runny nose delinquent street wise 10 year old little boy and Dragonfly Jones a poorly skilled martial arts instructor that always gets beat up to name a few. The Martin show is a hilarious TV program that is timeless and suitable for the whole family.

FOX
5 Seasons, 132 Episodes - Canceled
August 27, 1992
Comedy
7.4/10
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  • Martin and Gina must say good-bye to Detroit and all their friends including Tommy, Pam and Cole. New job offers in Los Angeles for both Martin and Gina, prompt them to move. As they prepare, they gather the gang and recall past good times.

  • Martin's talk show is picked up by the network, and is slated to air to a nation-wide audience. The only problem is that if Martin wants the show, he must move to L.A. where the show will be taped. Gina, who also has news of a new job offer prepares to break the news to Martin and the gang.

  • Pam's twin cousin Tammy escapes from a mental ward and comes to stay at Pam's house, but everyone mistakes her for Pam.

  • Pam becomes upset over the fact that she has been recently fired from her former job. Tommy, Cole and Martin stop by Pam's apartment along with their high school buddy Trey Foster who happens to work at a record company called Keep It Real Records as an successful A&R. Trey tells Pam of a job opening for an A&R position. Pam, who has a passion for music, decides to visit Keep It Real Records. While there, she meets Donna, the sassy receptionist, Clyde, the messenger, and Tony the creative director who tries to flirt with Pam. Trey shows up late for work and receives a message from Donna that their boss, CEO Sterling Sweets, wants to see him as soon as possible. Sweets urges Trey to locate new talent or Trey will have to search for new employment. Pam tells Trey that she may be able to help him if he can get her the A&R position. He agrees. Dante, Pam's typist/assistant from work, brings her the rest of her belongings from her old office. Dante begins to play the piano and sings. Pam be

  • The police want to use Pam's apartment for a stake-out, to keep surveillance on a suspect named Dynamite Willie. Martin comes up with an idea to capture the suspect himself, and cash in on the $100,000 reward.

  • Tommy's ex-marine father, Sgt. Strawn, shows up and tries to make his son a man by showing him up in front of his friends.

  • Martin gives his cuckoo clock to Pam, who finds that it makes too much noise, and donates it to a charity auction. Later, Martin & Tommy realize that the clock he gave away might be a very valuable antique, and worth a lot of money. They then begin to come up with ways to get the clock back.

  • Martin takes Pam back to Jamaica where he married Gina when he learns that his marriage to Gina is invalid and that he's actually married to Pam.

  • Tommy decides to act as his own legal representative after Sheneneh sues him for hitting her car.

  • Martin and the gang are on a cruise ship with The Love Boat characters. Martin is doomed to finish the trip without Gina, who missed the boat, and is stalked by a suicidal temptress. Tommy thinks that Pam is suddenly interested in Cole, after finding them in bed together.

  • Even though Gina's out of town on business, her mom comes to town for a weekend visit, and wants to spend all her time with Martin, playing boardgames and just getting to know him better. But Martin has plans to hang out with Tommy and Cole at a new club that just opened up. Somehow he has to figure a way to get away from Gina's mom, so he can go out and have a good time.

  • Martin helps a burglar rob his apartment, because he thinks its part of a scheme Pam put together, to get back at him for all his pranks. It's only after he's been robbed, that he realizes the awful truth.

  • Martin and Gina are planning to have a baby. They plan to have a lunch-time rendezvous to get things going. But a trip to the courthouse with Cole, leads to them finding out that Martin has been ignoring jury duty since 1982. Now, forced to perform his civic duty as a juror, Martin presses for a quick verdict, so he can get home to his ovulating wife.

  • Ghosts bring Martin holiday spirit.

  • Cole attempts to entertain a girl at his Mom's house. But Mom shows up and ruins everything. Cole gets his own apartment. But it turns out to be a real dive. Cole and Shanise are happy anyway.

  • When Tommy invites the gang for a ski vacation, they are all in for the ride of their lives. Cole's date Shanise is one ski short of a set; Pam's date Tahiem is one cold headache; and Tommy's date Aquannetta is one big surprise, as she is a white woman. After Martin discovers Tommy has a special announcement to make, he believes that Tommy is going to pop the question. Martin tells the gang and they decipher a plan to put an end to Tommy's engagement to the snow bunny. But after Martin causes everything to snowball, he realizes that the joke is on him.

  • While attending a dinner party at an exclusive restaurant, Martin saves the life of an African prince. The prince rewards Martin with lavish gifts and offers him a large sum of money for Gina's services. Martin agrees to the offer thinking that they will be able to use this royal money for their own little palace. All is well in the Payne kingdom until Martin realizes the Prince wants Gina to be his Princess.

  • When Martin announces on his talk show that any man can beat any woman at any thing, especially in sports, Gina and Pam challenge him to a girls-against-guys basketball game. Martin and the guys think it will be easy to beat the girls, until they discover the girl's secret weapon: the women's Olympic gold medal-winning basketball team. The "easy win" quickly turns into a challenging match as the guys begin to understand the girls' point.

  • The prospect of owning a home gets scarier when Martin and Gina buy their "dream house" on Halloween, but soon find that the place is a haunted, calamity-filled horror.

  • Gina is all ready for an underwear ad presentation until Cole accidentally erases her computer. She goes to Pam for help, but her friend is too busy with a date. Under pressure during her pitch, Gina is incoherent, forcing Pam to step in and save the day. The clients are so impressed that they put Pam in charge, causing Gina to feel betrayed. Pam struggles to pull it off, but in the end she has to rely on Gina to win the account.

  • After some misadventures with marriage counselors, bad advice from friends fouls things up even more for the constantly quarreling Martin and Gina.

  • After Martin's drivers license expires, his insurance company cancels his policy. So in a rush to get his license renewed, he goes down to the DMV and experiences first hand the horrors of a day spent waiting on long lines, filling out reams of paperwork, DMV clerks with bad attitudes, and meeting up with an assortment of strange characters.

  • After Pam's cousin wins an open mike contest with her powerful singing voice, Martin only sees dollar signs, and decides to become her manager. But things go awry when her voice doesn't cooperate when she gets nervous about singing.

  • After undergoing hypnosis at the dentist's office for an aching tooth, Pam becomes a different person whenever clapping occurs. She goes on a blind date with an artist, at his showing, and nobody realizes that she is still under hypnosis.

  • The gang goes on a camping trip in the woods, and Martin and Gina look forward to a special time under the sacred Chippawa Indian waterfalls. But Pam sprains her ankle, and Martin has to help her back to the cabin. The two get lost in the woods, just as darkness falls, and nobody knows how to find them.

  • Pam and Gina take roles in an adaption of Romeo & Juliet to raise money for needy kids. Martin injures the leading man after learning that man was going to kiss Gina, the leading lady. Martin steps in and improves his own version of Romeo & Juliet.

  • Sheneneh gets chosen to be on a Love Connection show, with a disrespectful date.

  • Tisha Campbell hosts the 99th episode of Martin, looking back of some the shows best moments.

  • Martin finds a bigger and better apartment for half the price they're paying now. So he decides to sublet his old place to a young couple, and move into the new place. But then the deal on the new place falls through, and it's too late to move back. Martin and Gina end up in the street! So they devise a scheme to scare off the new tennants. Tommy, Pam and Cole masquerade as dangerous criminals. The plan works nicely, and Martin gets his old crib back.

  • Gina gets a sexy make-over to rekindle her relationship with Martin.

  • The building's superintendant is getting deported, unless he gets married. Pam agrees to be his bride because she needs to pay back taxes and needs the cash.

  • Gina and Pam are placed in witness protection when they see to bank robbers leaving the scene of a crime. The police are afraid of them because they have a way of making the witnesses disappear, so Otis is their bodyguard.

  • Martin and Gina are invited by some brand new friends of Martin to a Christmas party. Little does Martin know that it's really a swinger's party.

  • While making love, Gina gets her head stuck in their new brass bed headboard. Martin tries sawing the headboard and Tommy tries a wielding torchon it to get it off. Gina goes to her important board meeting with a wig and a scarf covering the rest of the headboard.

  • Martin babysits his nephew Cameron, when his parents go out of town. But Martin, Tommy and Cole must watch the baby when Cameron's parents get snowed in.

  • Martin and Gina decide to hire a maid. Martin hires a female maid that he likes and Gina fires her. Gina hires a male housekeeper and Martin doesn't like him so he fires him. They eventually hire Miss Minnie, an older woman from the neighbourhood. But the maid takes over, making Martin's life unbearable.

  • Martin hires Cole after he loses his job. A job that Cole fouls up. But then Cole gets the Phoenix Suns' Charles Barkley as a guest on Martin's show.

  • Martin gets Gina fired from the ad agency and tries to get her job back.

  • Tommy and Cole had one job to do: get Gina's gift and comeback. But Jerome has opened a new club, the Shiznitz, so Tommy and Cole stop by and everyone ends up getting robbed, they even stole Jerome's gold tooth. So Jerome, Tommy and Cole follow the theives to their hideaway to get back their stuff.

  • After breaking up with Big Shirley, Cole starts to get back in the dating scene. Cole starts dating a girl that has appeared on "America's Most Wanted" and now the gang must save their pal.

  • Martin and Gina try to have a quiet evening to themselves but keep getting interrupted by Tommy, Pam and Cole. Tommy and Pam show up when things between them aren't going well and Cole shows up after braking up with Big Shirley.

  • Tommy and Cole tell Martin that his wedding ring is scaring off single woman, so Martin takes off the ring and the woman come in flocks. But now Martin is running scared when he loses his ring.

  • Mama Payne believes that Gina is going to kill Martin for his insurance money.

  • The honeymoon is over and Martin goes to play pool with the guys while Gina stays home.

Most Popular Martin Episodes

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