Inspired by his childhood experiences, comedian Chris Rock narrates the hilarious, touching story of a teenager named Chris (Tyler James Williams) who struggles to cope with being uprooted to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York and bused for the first-time to a predominantly white middle school two-hours away, while keeping his younger siblings Drew (Tequan Richmond) and Tonya (Imani Hakim) in line at home. Meanwhile, Chris’ dad Julius (Terry Crews), a true penny pincher, questions how his wife Rochelle (Tichina Arnold) takes care of the family’s tight finances.
Later, Chris squares off against a bully and meets a new friend, Greg (Vincent Martella), during his first day at school. 1982 was the year that Chris turned 13. Filled with dreams that being a teenager would be really cool, Chris’ entry into adolescence is turning out to be less then idyllic. As the family’s "emergency adult," he’s responsible for taking care of Drew, his taller, more assured brother, and Tonya, the baby of the family, when his parents are working.
His rugged, cost-conscious father Julius works multiple jobs to support the family. Meanwhile, his strict, sassy mother Rochelle, who works part-time, runs the household on a tight budget, while demanding the best for her children.
With his mother determined to see him in a good school, Chris grudgingly faces numerous bus transfers each day to attend Corleone Junior High in the fiercely Italian neighboring South Shore. Despite being an instant target for bullies, Chris’ inherent charm and sharp wit enable him to make new friends at school, such as Greg, another smart, nice kid…who can’t fight.
Everybody Hates Chris makes it TV One debut, New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014 at 12:30/11:30c. Start your New Year off right and tune in for back-to-back laughs!
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