Smart Guy

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  • TV-G
  • 1997
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.4  (5,514)

Smart Guy is an American television sitcom that originally aired on The WB network from 1997 to 1999. The series follows the life of a 10-year-old prodigy named T.J. Henderson, who is played by Tahj Mowry. T.J. is a child genius who has skipped four grades to enter high school.

Alongside T.J. is his older brother, Marcus Henderson, played by Jason Weaver, and their father, Floyd Henderson, portrayed by John Marshall Jones. Floyd is a single father and a widower who works as a contractor. He is trying to balance his work life with raising his three kids on his own.

The show is set in Washington DC and follows the Henderson family as they navigate through everyday life, with T.J.'s intelligence adding an layer of unique perspective to the challenges they face. The show addresses the difficulties that come with being a kid genius, such as not being able to fit in with his age group and dealing with people trying to take advantage of his intelligence.

The series is a wholesome and lighthearted family sitcom filled with laughter, love, and plenty of life lessons. The show was loved for its ability to make learning fun and for its excellent representation of black families on TV.

Smart Guy's premiere in 1997 was the highest-rated show on The WB network during its first season. It quickly became a fan-favorite and gained a significant following among teens and children. The show was especially impressive since it tackled many educational topics and made them easy to understand for children.

One of the most notable elements of the series was the dynamic between the three main characters. The brotherly love and sibling rivalry between T.J. and Marcus made for a fun watch. Their father was the perfect balance and acted as the voice of reason and the source of wisdom.

Smart Guy succeeded in appealing to both kids and adults because of its engaging plotlines and smart writing. The show tackled topics such as racism, ethical dilemmas and the difficulties of growing up, and did it all in a way that kids could understand.

The show was also popular for its guest appearances from well-known actors, including Beyoncé and Kobe Bryant, who played themselves in the series.

Overall, Smart Guy was an excellent show that addressed important issues and created a healthy representation of black families on TV. It educated the young audience in an entertaining and accessible way, while still keeping viewers entertained. The show may have ended over two decades ago, but it remains a fan favorite, and children still enjoy watching it to this day.

Smart Guy is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (51 episodes). The series first aired on March 26, 1997.

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Never Too Young
22. Never Too Young
May 16, 1999
Floyd refuses to believe T.J. drank beer at a party with his pals.
The Graduate?
21. The Graduate?
May 9, 1999
T.J. plans a prank for graduation, while Yvette decides to boycott her graduation.
The Soda Wars
20. The Soda Wars
May 2, 1999
Angered over rising machine soda prices rise, T.J. markets his own cheaper soft drink with the help of Yvette, Marcus and Mo.
Cross Talk
19. Cross Talk
April 1, 1999
T.J.'s call to a political talk show prompts an invitation to appear as a guest -- and to replace one of the regular panelists permanently.
18. Crushed
February 21, 1999
T.J. develops his first crush on a beautiful substitute teacher; Marcus is accidentally offered a university scholarship.
I Was a Teenage Sports Wife
17. I Was a Teenage Sports Wife
February 14, 1999
Marcus scores a date with the girls' volleyball team champ, but plays second string socially. Meanwhile, T.J. tries to boost Mo's brainpower.
It Takes Two
16. It Takes Two
February 7, 1999
When Marcus sees Mo's girlfriend with another guy, he can't decide how to tell Mo. Meanwhile, T.J. thinks he's on the bad side of the Secret Service after writing an angry letter to the White House.
Can't Buy Me, Love
15. Can't Buy Me, Love
January 24, 1999
To enlighten Mo about feminism, Yvettle buys him at a school slave auction. Meanwhile, T.J. helps Coach Gerber do his taxes.
From A to Double D
14. From A to Double D
January 17, 1999
A dejected Yvette decides she needs breast augmentation after another actress is picked for a plum stage role. Meanwhile, T.J. is harassed by bullies who make fun of his ears.
Perchance to Dream
13. Perchance to Dream
January 10, 1999
Yvette has a recurring dream in which she marries Mo. Meanwhile, Marcus dreams up a scheme to make money to buy a new sound system.
Diary of a Mad Schoolgirl
12. Diary of a Mad Schoolgirl
December 13, 1998
Computer snooping helps Marcus woo T.J.'s study partner.
Break Up Not to Make Up
11. Break Up Not to Make Up
November 29, 1998
Marcus and his girlfriend Dana break up, prompting her to ask Mo to intervene. Meanwhile, T.J. faces gym class - and the locker room - for the first time.
A Date With Destiny
10. A Date With Destiny
November 22, 1998
T.J. lands a gig as a dancer in a music video by Destiny's Child and gets an offer to tour with them for a year, but his dad isn't so sure about the idea.
Get a Job
9. Get a Job
November 15, 1998
When Floyd tells the kids to get a job, Yvette heads for a clothing store at the mall, while T.J. and Marcus set up a ""Homework Hotline,"" but they all encounter problems they hadn't imagined.
8. Boomerang
November 8, 1998
T.J. is forced to take wood shop and finds out it's not as easy as he thought. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Yvette and a photographer.
T.A. or Not T.A.
7. T.A. or Not T.A.
November 1, 1998
TJ becomes the new assistant to Coach Gerber when the math teacher finally quits. Meanwhile Yvette meets a guy named Calvin who she finds attractive who turns out to be in middle school.
Beating is Fundamental
6. Beating is Fundamental
October 25, 1998
T.J. is accepted into Mensa, where Floyd meets an attractive divorc?(C)e, but T.J. can't stand her uppity son Blake and gets into a brawl. Meanwhile, Marcus and Mo become hairstylists.
That's My Momma
5. That's My Momma
October 18, 1998
Mo gets the shock of his life when his parents tell him he's adopted, so he immediately enlists T.J. in his search for his birth parents.
Henderson House Party
4. Henderson House Party
October 11, 1998
When Floyd has to go out of town on business, Marcus tries to step in as the man of the house. T.J. poses some unexpected problems when he decides to court popularity by throwing a party for his classmates.
Love Bug
3. Love Bug
October 4, 1998
Yvette and Mo hatch a plan to eliminate the competition in a radio station Volkswagen Beetle giveaway to the person who can stay inside it the longest. While they're in the vehicle, Marcus tries to take advantage of having the house to himself, but T.J. foils him.
Achy Breaky Heart
2. Achy Breaky Heart
September 27, 1998
New romances are on the horizon for both Marcus and Mo in this episode. Marcus finds himself interested in Stacey, the new drummer for their band, while Mo's intended girlfriend rubs the other musicians the wrong way. Marcus is the one to suffer heartbreak first, leaving T.J. to try to pull him out of the doldrums.
She Got Game
1. She Got Game
September 20, 1998
T.J. is thrilled when he talks Brandi into joining the basketball team - until she replaces him as starting point guard, and he's relegated to the bench.
Where to Watch Smart Guy
Smart Guy is available for streaming on the The WB website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Smart Guy on demand at Disney+.
  • Premiere Date
    March 26, 1997
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (5,514)