- 5 Seasons
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.