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The Wayans Bros.
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Created by

Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Leslie Ray
David Simon

Starring

Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
John Witherspoon
Lela Rochon (season 1)
Anna Maria Horsford
(season 2 onward)
Paula Jai Parker
(season 2, episodes 1–11)
Jill Tasker
(season 2, episodes 1–7)

executive producers

Billy Van Zandt &
Jane Milmore (season 1)
Rick Hawkins (season 2)
Phil Kellard & Tom Moore (seasons 3-5)

Production company

Baby Way Productions
Next to Last Productions
Warner Bros. Television

Distributed by

Warner Bros. Television Distribution, New York City (setting)
Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California (taping location)

First aired

January 11, 1995

Last aired

May 20, 1999

Seasons/ # of episodes

5 seasons, 101 episodes in total

Picture format

480i (SDTV)

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The Wayans Brothers. is a American sitcom that aired from January 11 1995 to May 20, 1999 on The WB Network. The series starred real-life brothers Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans. Both brothers were already well-known from the sketch comedy show In Living Color that was aired from 1990 to 1994. The series also starred John Witherspoon and Anna Maria Horsford (season 2 onward).

Premise Edit

Shawn and Marlon Williams (Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans) are two brothers who live in an apartment on 126th street in Harlem. Shawn owns a newsstand in the fictional Neidermeyer Building where he and his brother Marlon work on a daily basis. In the same building, their father John "Pops" Williams (John Witherspoon) owns a diner and Dee Baxter (Anna Maria Horsford, season 2 onward) works as a security guard.

CastEdit

Main castEdit

Recurring castEdit

Guest starsEdit

Actors and celebrities that guest starred during the series run are: Paula Abdul, Adrienne Barbeau, Beau Billingslea, Earl Billings, Johnny Brown, Orlando Brown, Angelle Brooks, Monica Calhoun, Héctor Camacho, Bill Cobbs, Kelly Coffield-Park, Busta Rhymes, Gary Coleman, Dee Jay Daniels, Melissa De Sousa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Missy Elliott, Chip Fields, En Vogue, Antonio Fargas, Carmen Filpi, Gloria Gaynor, Pam Grier, Pat Harrington, Jr., Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Shari Headley, Sherman Hemsley, Roy Jones, Jr., Tamala Jones, Tracey Cherelle Jones, Andre Jamal Kinney, Tembi Locke, Kenny Lofton, Faizon Love, Barney Martin, Bernie Mac, Christopher Michael, Garrett Morris, Iona Morris, Elise Neal, Ron O'Neal, Devika Parikh, Jack Plotnick, Richard Roundtree, Ronnie Schell, Kellita Smith, Nick Spano, BernNadette Stanis, Keith Sweat, Tammy Townsend, Thea Vidale, Steve Vinovich, Adam West, Kym Whitley and Fred Willard

Episodes Edit

Main article: Episodes Guide
Season Episodes First air date Last air date
Season 1 13 January 11, 1995 May 24, 1995
Season 2 22 September 6, 1995 May 15, 1996
Season 3 22 September 4, 1996 May 14, 1997
Season 4 22 September 17, 1997 May 20, 1998
Season 5 22 September 17, 1998 May 20, 1999

Production notes Edit

The Wayans Bros. was the first series to debut on The WB, when it launched on January 11, 1995; it was one of the four sitcoms that aired as part of the original Wednesday night two-hour lineup that helped launch the network (along with Unhappily Ever After, The Parent 'Hood and the short-lived Muscle). While in development, the series' working title was initially supposed to have been Brother to Brother, before the name of the series changed to The Wayans' Bros.[1]

In the show's second season, Pops' Diner (the restaurant owned by Shawn and Marlon's father, John "Pops" Williams) was moved into the Neidermeyer Building, where the location was changed from Harlem to Rockefeller Center, Manhattan.

Theme music and opening sequence Edit

The show's official opening title always begins with Shawn and Marlon on the steps of a brownstone apartment building, donning afros and wearing 1970s preppy attire, moving in rhythm to an accompanying satirical music piece that's supposed to have a 1970s-style "urban" sitcom theme song feel. Marlon forcefully smacks the camera, and then segues into "the real opening" of The Wayans Bros.

The "second-half" part of The Wayans Bros. theme song was changed twice throughout its four-year run (1995-99). In the first two seasons, from early 1995, until 1996, the show's theme song was A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation" (used both in the 1994-95, and the 1995-96 seasons). In the third season (1996–97), the theme song changed to a 4-second Hip-Hop beat. In the final two seasons (1997-1998 & 1998-1999), the show's theme song was changed again to a regular hip hop instrumental beat (which was produced by the Wayans Bros. & Omar Epps).

Syndication Edit

Warner Bros. Television Distribution handles syndication distribution of the series. In September 1999, after the series was cancelled by The WB, the series began airing in off-network syndication to Fox, WB and UPN affiliates nationwide.

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At that same time, Chicago-based national cable superstation WGN began airing reruns of the series, airing the series until 2002 (when its broadcast syndication run also ended); ironically, WGN (both the local Chicago feed and the national superstation feed) aired The Wayans Bros. in first-run form from 1995 to 1999, when WGN (whose local Chicago feed was an affiliate of the network) carried WB programming nationally to make The WB available to markets where a local affiliate did not exist (The Wayans Bros. is one of three WB series to have aired on WGN in both first-run and syndication form; The Parent 'Hood, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister being the others).

In 2006, reruns began airing on BET, after a 4 year absence where it ran until 2007. In 2007, reruns of the series aired on Ion Television, where it ran until 2008. As of 2011, reruns currently air on MTV2. On October 3, 2011, the series also began airing on Centric. As of 2016, the series reruns on VH1.

DVD releases Edit

The first season of The Wayans Bros. was released on DVD on February 8, 2005. The series' only DVD release to date. Warner Archive has released Season 2 on May 9, 2017 on DVD in Region 1. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available from such sellers as Warner's online store and Amazon.com.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 13 February 8, 2005
The Complete Second Season 22 May 8, 2017

References Edit

  1. It's comedy for WB Network, Broadcasting & Cable (via HighBeam Research), August 15, 1994.

External links Edit

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