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Rodney is a comedic series that stars stand-up comedian Rodney Carrington. Rodney is constantly dealing with life's little dramas and misadventures and he tries to do it all with a sense of humor. Throughout the series, Rodney tries desperately to make it as a stand-up comedian. He spends night after night at comedy clubs, trying to score gigs and fans. During the day, he makes ends meet by working a series of menial jobs. However, Rodney is increasingly unreliable and he gets himself fired from most of the jobs. He struggles a lot to make ends meet but never wants to give up on his dream of making it as a standup comedian.

Rodney's lack of money is hard on his wife and their two kids but the family tries to make it through. His wife, in particular, is upset that Rodney would rather focus on comedy instead of a stable job but he tries to make her see how important stand-up is to him. When times get rough at home, Rodney has his best friend Barry to support him. Barry also sometimes has relationship drama with his wife, Genie, so the two men often commiserate.

Rodney has a wacky personality and is constantly getting into adventures on the show. One day, a friend dares him to walk naked into a store. Rodney does so happily. On one episode, a friend sends flowers to Rodney's wife. Rodney sees them and decides to take credit for the gift.

ABC
2 Seasons, 44 Episodes
September 21, 2004
Comedy
6.6/10
Cast: Rodney Carrington, Jennifer Aspen, Nick Searcy, Oliver Davis
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  • A record company shows that it is unwilling to take no for an answer.

  • Trina gets upset that Rodney hasn't enough time for his family lately, while Rodney is left waiting for an important producer from L.A.

  • Rodney buys Trina a hot tub for their anniversary; Rodney's estranged parents have a surprise for their son.

  • Rodney and Trina take a vacation from the truth when they promise Bo a trip to Florida for his birthday.

  • Rodney is thrilled to meet an enthusiastic new fan, but takes drastic measures to turn him away when things get out of hand.

  • Rodney and Barry go on a camping trip that turns into a whole other type of adventure.

  • Celebrity Rodney thinks hes really made it when hes invited to participate in a celebrity golf match, but he gets a lesson in humility when Trina and Charlie are the ones to hobnob with actors John Schneider and John Ratzenberger.

  • Rodney and Trina each suspect the other is having an affair when a lone condom wrapper is found in a laundry basket.

  • Rodney's manager, Amy, comes on to him, and when Trina pays her a visit, she discovers that Amy is an equal opportunity woman. Meanwhile, Rodney and Trina decide that it's time for the boys to start earning an allowance by doing chores, so Trina calls Jack's bluff when he pawns some of his chores off on a friend.

  • An appearance on "The Bob & Tom Show" creates an opportunity for Rodney to travel to Afghanistan to perform for the troops. But a practical joke gone bad sends him marching home before he can deliver a single punch line.

  • Rodney returns home after his first standup comedy tour to find that a lot has changed. His wife's got new friends who are hanging around the house much more than he'd like, his boys have gotten taller and started liking girls and, somehow, he's acquired a new fountain in the backyard.

  • Rodney and Trina mistakenly get Jack and his friend drunk at a sleepover. Meanwhile, Charlie falls for a very unlikely candidate.

  • Rodney and Trina have a bitter feud over which angel to put on a Christmas tree that her father, Carl, overcharged them for. So when Rodney goes to Carl's office to demand a new, free family tree, he finds that Carl has been living down and out in his office. In the true spirit of Christmas, Rodney decides to make peace with Carl and invites him to live with them until he gets back on his feet.

  • Rodney's manager, Amy, comes on to him, and when Trina pays her a visit, she discovers that Amy is an equal opportunity woman. Meanwhile, Rodney and Trina decide that it's time for the boys to start earning an allowance by doing chores, so Trina calls Jack's bluff when he pawns some of his chores off on a friend.

  • Trina's father is forced to lay her off when the car dealership falls on hard times. Rodney and Barry make a plan to bring some extra food home by buying two slabs of beef, but then the Hamiltons end up with an extra mouth to feed.

  • Rodney brings a surprise guest home to celebrate Halloween with the kids.

  • Barry confides in Rodney that he has a condition that he's concerned might make him look less masculine. Meanwhile, Rodney has a man-to-man talk with Jack about puberty and the birds and the bees.

  • In this flashback episode, Trina realizes that she and Rodney don't know anything about each other, and she has serious doubts about raising a newborn and sharing her life with him.

  • Fearing that he's going to go to hell, Rodney takes desperate action to please the man upstairs by mowing the church lawn and filling in for the minister at the teenage Sunday School class.

  • Just when Rodney gets the chance to spend some special time with his family, his agent gets him a well-paying comedy gig which would take him away from Trina and the boys for two months. Now Rodney and his family must deal with the bittersweet reality of his finally realizing his dream -- even if it means that Rodney has to leave for awhile in order to provide his family with a better life.

  • After the family's TV is stolen in a robbery, Trina refuses to let Rodney use their health insurance money to buy a new one. Bo doesn't want to have his friends over without a TV, so Rodney comes up with a creative but somewhat risky solution to get the cash for a new set.

  • Things start looking up for Rodney and his career as a standup comic when a talent agent gives him a shot to be in a showcase. But then Trina loses her job at the bank and Rodney is forced to take a second job working nights. Exhausted, Rodney must find a way to stay awake long enough to appear in the showcase.

  • Rodney gets a job on a cruise ship and is excited that he can accomplish two goals: take Trina on the honeymoon they never had and pay the property taxes. But while Trina is getting over a bout of seasickness, Rodney gambles away all of their spending money. Meanwhile, back home, Charlie throws a party for her junior college friends at Rodney and Trina's, and a reluctant Barry decides to join in the fun.

  • While the boys are away camping with their Grampa Carl, Trina looks forward to spending an entire day with Rodney, and even christens it "We Day." They go to a garage sale, buying each other under-a-dollar gifts, including a mannequin named Ruthie. But in the middle of their fun day, Rodney decides he wants to keep a golf date with Barry, causing Trina to question -- with some encouragement from Charley -- why she and her husband can't be together for just one whole day.

  • Rodney and Barry's longtime friendship is tested when a financially-strapped Rodney unwittingly takes a job with Barry's competitor to earn some extra cash. Guilt-ridden, Rodney tries to keep it a secret, but Barry discovers the deception and busts him. Meanwhile, Trina and Charlie have a Tupperware-style "lingerie party" and discover at the end of the party that one of the marital aid gadgets is missing.

  • On Valentine's Day, which is also Charlie's wedding day, Rodney wants to get Trina the engagement ring he couldn't afford when they got married. But the jeweler makes a mistake and the diamond for the ring ends up in a very unusual place! Meanwhile, Charlie wonders if she and her fiance, Kirk, can look forward to the same fun and loving relationship that Rodney and Trina have.

  • Since Rodney and Barry's birthdays are just days apart, they have a tradition they refer to as "Hell Week" in which they play pranks and send each other outrageous gifts the other has to accept. One of Barry's crazy pranks includes publishing Rodney's obituary, which brings an unexpected visitor to Rodney's doorstep-his estranged father who hasn't seen Rodney since he was 16.

  • Trina is competing with her co-worker, Irene, for a promotion at work. So when Rodney offers to accompany Trina to her company's fancy charity ball, she needs to make a good impression on her boss, Gordon -- who hates Rodney. Once there, Rodney tries to impress Trina's boss. However, a series of embarrassing incidents aren't likely to help Trina's cause.

  • As Rodney and son Jack are preparing for their duet at Jack's school talent show, Rodney has to reluctantly cancel when he gets a last-minute out of town standup gig that could really launch his comedy career. Jack acts like it doesn't bother him, but Rodney, wracked with guilt, wonders if he made the right decision. Meanwhile, Trina gives Charlie money to enroll at the local community college, but Charlie focuses more on buying new clothes, getting invited to keg parties and being popular than she does on her studies.

  • Upset that Charlie almost destroyed his truck, Rodney explains to Bo and Jack why the old truck has such sentimental value to him. Through flashbacks, he reminisces how he bought the truck with his last money from Carl, and how it ultimately played a key role when he and Trina fell in love.

  • To celebrate Halloween, Rodney's favorite holiday, he and Barry decide to play a practical joke on police officer Gerald Bob, but their antics go awry and Rodney ends up at the police station.

  • Rodney's loves to play practical jokes on his favorite holiday, Halloween. When Rodney and Barry play a practical joke on Gerald Bob, things don't go so well, and Rodney ends up at the police station.

  • The plumbing goes out at the Hamilton house forcing them to come up with $1000 in two weeks. Carl offers to loan them the money and Rodney declines. When the price changes to $1400 up front, Trina takes the money from Carl forcing Rodney to find more work.

  • Jack starts playing practical jokes at school and ends up in detention. Once Rodney and Trina meet his young, attractive teacher, things start to make a bit more sense.Barry is scheduled to receive an award for rebuilding the library for free after it was struck by a tornado. He's asked to give a speech, but it turns out he's terrified of public speaking.

  • Rodney's standup career is finally taking off, or so he thinks. When the gigs don't pay as well as he thought they would, Trina begins to doubt if things will work out.Meanwhile, Rodney and Trina try to convince the boys that he's a superhero at night.

  • Rodney quits his job at the fiberglass plant to pursue his old comedy routine and receives less than positive support from Trina. With a job offer from Trina's dad on the table, Rodney has to decide if he'll swallow his pride or follow his dreams.

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