In the House (TV series)

In the House is an American sitcom starring LL Cool J, Debbie Allen, Maia Campbell, Dee Jay Daniels, Alfonso Ribeiro and Kim Wayans. The series aired on NBC from April 1995 to May 1996 after which it was canceled due to low ratings.[1] UPN quickly picked up In the House[1] where it aired for an additional two seasons. UPN canceled the series for a final time in May 1998.[2]

In the House
GenreSitcom
Created byWinifred Hervey
Starring
Theme music composerQuincy Jones III
Theodore Miller
Kurt Farquhar
Composer(s)
  • Anthony Hale, Jr (1995–96)
  • Theodore Miller (1996–98)
  • Kurt Farquhar (1999)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes76 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Bob Burris
  • Gary Hardwick
  • Winifred Hervey
  • Quincy Jones
  • Michael Ware
  • David Salzman
Producer(s)Walter Allen Bennett, Jr.
Teri Schaffer Hicks
Michelle Jones
Werner Walian
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original network
  • NBC (1995–96)
  • UPN (1996–98)
Original releaseApril 10, 1995 (1995-04-10) 
August 11, 1999 (1999-08-11)

Synopsis

Marion Hill (LL Cool J) is a former professional football player. Because of his financial predicament, Marion is forced to rent out most of the rooms in his house to newly divorced single mother Jackie Warren (Debbie Allen) and her two children, Tiffany (Maia Campbell) and Austin (Jeffery Wood).[3]

After the second season, the series was retooled, becoming more adult oriented. Jackie and Austin both moved back East while Tiffany stayed with Marion to finish high school. Joining the cast for the third season was former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro as Dr. Maxwell "Max" Stanton and In Living Color cast member Kim Wayans as Tonia Harris. Both Maxwell and Tonia helped Marion manage the Los Angeles sports clinic he owns, then Tonia leaves after Season 4, and Tiffany leaves after only two episodes in Season 5.[4]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
16April 10, 1995 (1995-04-10)May 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)NBC
220September 18, 1995 (1995-09-18)May 13, 1996 (1996-05-13)
322August 26, 1996 (1996-08-26)May 19, 1997 (1997-05-19)UPN
422August 25, 1997 (1997-08-25)April 7, 1998 (1998-04-07)
56August 3, 1999 (1999-08-03)August 11, 1999 (1999-08-11)Syndication

Cast

Main

Recurring

Notable guest stars

U.S. television ratings

SeasonTV SeasonNetworkRatings RankViewers
(in millions)
11995NBC#44[5]11.1[5]
21995–1996NBC#59[6]9.4[6]
31996–1997UPN#189[7]3.3[7]
41997–1998UPN#152[8]2.8[8]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1996Young Artist AwardsNominatedBest Performance by an Actor Under Ten – TelevisionJeffery Wood
Best Performance by a Young Actress – TV Comedy SeriesMaia Campbell
NAACP Image AwardsNominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesJohn Amos
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesLL Cool J
Outstanding Comedy Series
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1997Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesLL Cool J
1998Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesLL Cool J
WonOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlfonso Ribeiro
1999NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlfonso Ribeiro
1997Emmy AwardOutstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy SeriesArt Busch (For episode "Curse of the Hill House")

Syndication

The show aired in off-network syndication during the 1999–2000 season, the series had reran weeknights at 7pm EST on New York City's local UPN affiliation WWOR-TV until it was replaced by The Jamie Foxx Show reruns in fall 2000, and on TV One from 2004–2008. On June 13, 2016, BET aired reruns of the show in the earlier months on the weekdays in random times from 2:30AM to 4:00AM on Fridays until the week of August 29 to September 2, 2016. The series also aired reruns on BET Her.

References

  1. Pierce, Scott D. (May 17, 1996). "UPN Will Try To Get Funny". deseret.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  2. Hontz, Jenny (May 21, 1998). "UPN shakes up fall sked". Variety. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  3. "Debbie Allan LL Cool J win laughs in new TV show 'In the House.'". Jet. 1995-04-25. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
  4. Whetstone, Muriel L. (October 1996). "Cosby is back, but Black-oriented shows decline". Ebony. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
  5. "Complete TV Ratings 1994–1995". Fbibler.chez.com. 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  6. "Complete TV Ratings 1995–1996". Fbibler.chez.com. 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  7. "Complete TV Ratings 1996–1997". Fbibler.chez.com. 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  8. "Final Ratings for '97–'98 TV Season". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1998-05-25.
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