The PJs

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The PJs
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Title card
GenreSituation comedy
FormatStop-motion
Created byEddie Murphy
Larry Wilmore
Steve Tompkins
Developed byFox Studios
Voices ofEddie Murphy
Loretta Devine
Ja'net Dubois
Kevin Michael Richardson
Jenifer Lewis
Pepe Serna
Michele Morgan
Theme music composerGeorge Clinton
Quincy Jones III
Composer(s)Setup
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eddie Murphy
Will Vinton
Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Imagine Television
Touchstone Television (1999-2001, 2001 2 episodes)
Eddie Murphy Productions
Will Vinton Studios
Warner Bros. Television (2001)
Charged Productions (2000-2001)
Broadcast
Original channelFox (1999–2000)
The WB (2000–2001)
Picture format4:3 SDTV
Original runJanuary 10, 1999 (1999-01-10) – July 1, 2001 (2001-07-01)
 
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The PJs
The PJs title card.png
Title card
GenreSituation comedy
FormatStop-motion
Created byEddie Murphy
Larry Wilmore
Steve Tompkins
Developed byFox Studios
Voices ofEddie Murphy
Loretta Devine
Ja'net Dubois
Kevin Michael Richardson
Jenifer Lewis
Pepe Serna
Michele Morgan
Theme music composerGeorge Clinton
Quincy Jones III
Composer(s)Setup
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eddie Murphy
Will Vinton
Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Imagine Television
Touchstone Television (1999-2001, 2001 2 episodes)
Eddie Murphy Productions
Will Vinton Studios
Warner Bros. Television (2001)
Charged Productions (2000-2001)
Broadcast
Original channelFox (1999–2000)
The WB (2000–2001)
Picture format4:3 SDTV
Original runJanuary 10, 1999 (1999-01-10) – July 1, 2001 (2001-07-01)

The PJs is an American stop-motion animated television series, created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins. It portrayed life in an urban public housing project, modeled after the Brewster-Douglass housing projects in Detroit that once housed Diana Ross and Lily Tomlin.[1] The series starred Eddie Murphy, and was produced by Imagine Entertainment by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, The Murphy Company & Will Vinton Studios in association with Touchstone Television (seasons 1 and 2) and Warner Bros. Television (season 3 only).

The original run of the series debuted on Fox on Sunday, January 10, 1999 in the time slot, following a divisional conference football playoff game. Two days later, the second episode aired in its regular Tuesday night time slot, following King of the Hill.[2]

Summary[edit]

43 episodes aired during the show's 3-year run. Each took over 2 months to produce, owing to the laborious stop-motion process. After 2 seasons on Fox, the show moved to The WB in 2000. Its high budget and declining ratings led to its cancellation in 2001; the final 2 episodes weren't aired until 2003. The show aired in syndication for a time on Trio and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and now can be seen on TV One.

The PJs won 3 Emmy Awards and one Annie Award during its run. Some social activists (including director Spike Lee) accused the show of depicting negative racial stereotypes of life in the projects.[3] Quincy Jones' son QD3, along with George Clinton, produced the theme music for the show.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Other main characters[edit]

Portrait of most of the major characters

Recurring characters[edit]

Note: Because of a rumored dispute between Eddie Murphy and the Fox network (apparently over unfavorable scheduling of the show), Mark Moseley (an impressionist known as Eddie Murphy's voice double; Moseley can be heard scattered throughout almost PJ's episodes covering re-written Thurgood dialogue that time did not allow Murphy to re-record) and Phil Morris took over the role of Thurgood in several late episodes.[citation needed] Some sources indicate that Murphy was actually busy on a movie role at the time.[citation needed]

Locations[edit]

Episodes[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released all 3 seasons on DVD in Region 1.

DVD NameEp#Release Date
The Complete First Season13May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)
The Complete Second Season18July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05)
The Complete Third Season12October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)

Soundtrack[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TVoneonline.com
  2. ^ Animation World Network (1999-01-13). "P.J.s arrive on Fox | AWN | Animation World Network". AWN. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ CNN.com
  4. ^ Episode: "Smokey the Squatter"

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