My Wife and Kids

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My Wife & Kids
My Wife and Kids logo.png
Created byDon Reo
Damon Wayans
StarringDamon Wayans
Tisha Campbell-Martin
George O. Gore II
Jennifer Freeman (season 2-5)
Jazz Raycole (season 1)
Parker McKenna Posey
Noah Gray-Cabey (season 3-5)
Andrew McFarlane
Brooklyn Sudano (season 4-5)
Composer(s)Derrick "Big Tank" Thornton (seasons 1–3)
Dwayne Wayans
(seasons 4–5)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes122 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Don Reo
Damon Wayans
David Himelfarb
(seasons 1–4)
Andy Cadiff
(season 3)
Dean Lorey (seasons 4–5)
Camera setupFilm; Multi-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Wayans Bros. Entertainment
Impact Zone Productions
Touchstone Television
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format480i 4:3 (SDTV)
720p 16:9 (HDTV)
Original runMarch 28, 2001  – May 17, 2005
 
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My Wife & Kids
My Wife and Kids logo.png
Created byDon Reo
Damon Wayans
StarringDamon Wayans
Tisha Campbell-Martin
George O. Gore II
Jennifer Freeman (season 2-5)
Jazz Raycole (season 1)
Parker McKenna Posey
Noah Gray-Cabey (season 3-5)
Andrew McFarlane
Brooklyn Sudano (season 4-5)
Composer(s)Derrick "Big Tank" Thornton (seasons 1–3)
Dwayne Wayans
(seasons 4–5)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes122 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Don Reo
Damon Wayans
David Himelfarb
(seasons 1–4)
Andy Cadiff
(season 3)
Dean Lorey (seasons 4–5)
Camera setupFilm; Multi-camera
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Wayans Bros. Entertainment
Impact Zone Productions
Touchstone Television
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format480i 4:3 (SDTV)
720p 16:9 (HDTV)
Original runMarch 28, 2001  – May 17, 2005

My Wife & Kids is an American television show that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 until May 17, 2005. Produced by Touchstone Television (now ABC Studios), it starred Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, and centers on the character of Michael Kyle, a loving husband and modern-day patriarch who rules his household with a unique and distinct parenting style. As he teaches his three children some of life's lessons, he does so with his own brand of humor. Wayans and veteran television writer/producer Don Reo co-created and executive produced the series.

Premise[edit]

The series revolves around the experiences of a man named Michael Kyle and his family who live in Stamford, Connecticut. After impregnating his wife Jay as a teenager, Michael has grown paranoid of his children eventually spoiling their own virginity, but aside from these concerns he possesses a number of odd, often irritating eccentricities that he virtually never avoids concealing regardless of the severity of the situation. Among his children are Michael Kyle, Jr. (nicknamed "Junior"), Michael's dimwitted eldest son; Claire, his vain, conceited teenage daughter; and Kady, his loveably endearing youngest daughter. Later on in the series, Michael's nightmares come true when Junior impregnates his girlfriend Vanessa, resulting in the addition of a wife and son for Junior in the cast of characters in the series.

Episodes[edit]

One interesting note about the series is that, unusual for a sitcom of the show's length, at no point during My Wife and Kids' five-season run did the series have an episode centering on a major holiday (e.g., Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.). This could possibly be due to Wayans growing up as a Jehovah's Witness. There also is no proper opening theme song, although the series did have two closing themes (one of which was also used at the very beginning of certain episodes during the first season) throughout its run.

Series finale[edit]

Michael desperately wants to have sex with his wife, but Jay fears that having sex would bring about another pregnancy and asks that Michael undergo a vasectomy. Although he has second thoughts about the procedure, his need to have sex with Jay overcomes his fears. Meanwhile, Tony asks Claire to make him a hat so that he can attract the attention of God, but his hat is hit by lightning as he dances in the middle of the forest. In order to avoid having the operation, Michael lies about having had a vasectomy, but Jay is infuriated when she finds out. Ultimately, Michael goes to have the vasectomy done for real, but at the very end of the episode Jay reveals that she's already pregnant.

Season ratings[edit]

SeasonTV SeasonRatings RankViewers
(in millions)
12001#43[1]8.0[1]
22001–2002#41[2]11.0[2]
32002–2003#42[3]11.3[3]
42003–2004#60[4]10.0[4]
52004–2005#79[5]7.2[5]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Minor characters[edit]

Special guest stars[edit]

Syndication[edit]

Currently, Disney–ABC Domestic Television handles the U.S. distribution rights to My Wife and Kids, while Disney–ABC International Television handles syndication rights outside the United States. For U.S. cable and international syndication, all 122 episodes of the series are broadcast in high definition, this is despite the fact that the thirteen episodes that comprised the first season were originally broadcast in 4:3 standard definition (it would not be until September 2001, as the series was entering its second season, before ABC began carrying its scripted primetime series in HD); for the first season episodes, Disney-ABC had previously cropped images on the sides restored, using the 35mm film source, to use the entire 16:9 frame.

U.S. syndication[edit]

Reruns aired in the United States on various local stations, primarily Fox, CW, and MyNetworkTV affiliates, from September 2005 to August 2011. ABC Family began airing My Wife and Kids in high definition on September 1, 2008; the episodes aired by ABC Family are the original versions aired on ABC, though like syndication airings, closed captioning sponsorship tags appear before the final act/scene of each episode. The series no longer airs on ABC Family, as of January 2012.

The series also began airing on Nick at Nite on August 30, 2010, though the blooper reels at the end of nearly every episode of the first three seasons and a small few from season four are omitted and replaced with marginalized credits. Thus far, the only episode of the series that has yet to be broadcast by Nick at Nite is the season three two-parter "Jr.'s Risky Business". The premiere episodes of seasons two and three ("Mom's Away" and "The Kyle's Go to Hawaii", respectively) have been relegated to special airings and are also not aired as part of the network's regular cycle of the series. Since October 3, 2011, the show also airs on BET (a sister network to Nick at Nite through parent company Viacom); unlike the Nick at Nite and ABC Family airings, BET broadcasts episodes of the series in a letterboxed format. The series then aired in reruns on Centric on October 12, 2011.

International syndication[edit]

In the United Kingdom, reruns of the series were aired on Channel One (formally known as Virgin1) until its closure on February 1, 2011. Sister channel Living also used to air the show in 2001. The show first aired on Trouble and then BBC Two, and in early 2012 the show is set to return to Living which is now known as Sky Living.

In May 2013, the series started on Viva. On March 26, 2012, ABC Spark in Canada started broadcasting re-runs.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country /
Region
Network(s) /
Broadcast run
Title
 AustraliaFox8
7mate
My Wife and Kids
 AustriaORF1What’s Up, Dad?
 BelgiumVT4 (in flemish)My Wife and Kids
 BrazilSBTEu, a Patroa e as Crianças (Me, the Mrs. and the Children)
 CanadaCTV
Vrak.TV
ABC Spark
My Wife and Kids (English)
Ma Famille D'abord (My Family First; French)
 CroatiaMoja žena i djeca
 EgyptShow Comedyزوجتي وأطفال
 EstoniaFox LifeMinu naine ja lapsed (My Wife and Kids)
 FinlandTV5Meidän faija (Our Dad)
 FranceM6
W9
Ma Famille d'Abord (My Family First)
 GermanyKabel 1What’s Up, Dad?
 HungaryComedy Central HungaryÉletem értelmei
 ItalyFox TV
Disney Channel
Italia 1
Tutto in Famiglia (All in the family)
 IndiaStar World & Zee CafeMy Wife and Kids
 Israelאשתי והילדים
 IrelandRTÉ TwoMy Wife and Kids
 LatviaFox LifeMy Wife and Kids
 MalaysiaTV3My Wife And Kids
 MexicoSony Entertainment TelevisionYo, la señora y los niños
 The NetherlandsVeronicaMijn vrouw en kinderen
 New ZealandTV2
 NorwayTV Norge"Liv og Røre"
 PakistanStar WorldMy Wife And Kids
 PhilippinesStar WorldAking asawa at mga anak
 PolandComedy Central PolskaOn, ona i dzieciaki (He, She and Kids)
 PortugalFox NextPatriarca com Estilo
 RussiaFox Life RussiaМоя жена и дети (My Wife and Children)
 Saudi ArabiaShow Comedy
 South AfricaSABC 1
Comedy Central
My Wife and Kids
 South KoreaFox LifeWife and Kids
 TanzaniaMimi, Watoto na mke Wangu
 United KingdomTrouble (2001–2009)
BBC Two (2004–2007)
Virgin1 (2007–2011)
Sky Living (2012)
VIVA (2013)
My Wife and Kids
 United StatesNick at Nite
HBO
ABC
Warner Brothers 2 (WB2)
Warner Brothers 11 (WB11)
My Wife and Kids
 VenezuelaMi esposa e hijos
 ZimbabweZBC TVMy Wife and Kids

DVD releases[edit]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released the first two seasons of My Wife and Kids on DVD in Region 1.[6][7]

DVD NameEp #Release Date
Season 111February 24, 2009
Season 228May 11, 2010

Awards and nominations[edit]

AwardsOutcome
ASCAP Awards:
Top TV Series(Won)
BET Comedy Award:
Outstanding Comedy SeriesNominated[8]
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesNominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Damon Wayans)(Won)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Tisha Campbell-Martin)(Won)
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (George O. Gore II)Nominated
Family Television Award:
Comedy(Won)
Image Awards:
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Damon Wayans)Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Tisha Campbell-Martin)(Won)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (George O. Gore II)Nominated
Logie Award:
Most Popular Overseas ComedyNominated
People's Choice Award:
Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series (Damon Wayans)(Won)
Favorite Television New Comedy Series(Won)
Prism Award:
TV Comedy Series Episode(Won)
Satellite Awards:
Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (Damon Wayans)Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical (Damon Wayans)Nominated
Teen Choice Award:
Choice TV Actress – Comedy (Jennifer Freeman)Nominated
TV – Choice ComedyNominated
Young Artist Award:
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger (Noah Gray-Cabey)(Won)
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger (Jazz Raycole)Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Comedy or Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under (Jessica Sara)(Won)
Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)Nominated
Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama)Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Guest Starring Young Actress (Marina Malota)Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Comedy or Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Age Ten or Under (Liliana Mumy)Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actress Age Ten or Under (Parker McKenna Posey)Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TV Ratings 2001". Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Nielsen's TOP 156 Shows for 2002–03". 
  4. ^ a b "Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2003–04 television season". Archived from the original on February 8, 2007.  Retrieved on 2010-01-09.
  5. ^ a b "2004–2005 TV Ratings". [dead link] Retrieved on 2010-01-09.
  6. ^ "My Wife & Kids: Season 1". dvdempire. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ "My Wife & Kids: Season 2". dvdempire. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Awards for My Wife and Kids (2001)". Imdb.com. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 

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