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The PJs 

Thurgood Stubbs lives with his wife Muriel in the housing project where he is the chief superintendent. The show, created by Eddie Murphy (who provides Stubbs' voice), follows the ... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Loretta Devine ...  Muriel Stubbs 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Ja'net DuBois ...  Mrs. Avery 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Michele Morgan Michele Morgan ...  'Juicy' Hudson / ... 42 episodes, 1999-2001
Pepe Serna ...  Mr. Sanchez 42 episodes, 1999-2001
Michael Paul Chan ...  Jimmy Ho 41 episodes, 1999-2001
Shawn Michael Howard ...  Smokey 41 episodes, 1999-2001
Marc Wilmore Marc Wilmore ...  Walter Burkett 41 episodes, 1999-2001
Kevin Michael Richardson ...  Mr. Hudson / ... 40 episodes, 1999-2001
Crystal Scales ...  Calvin 40 episodes, 1999-2001
Cheryl Francis Harrington ...  Ms. Mambo Garcelle (Haiti Lady) 36 episodes, 1999-2001
Jenifer Lewis ...  Bebe Ho 36 episodes, 1999-2001
Eddie Murphy ...  Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs 30 episodes, 1999-2001
James Black ...  Tarnell 29 episodes, 1999-2001
Cassi Davis ...  HUD woman 27 episodes, 1999-2001
Mark Moseley ...  Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (2000-2001) / ... 27 episodes, 1999-2001
Phil Morris ...  Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs / ... 17 episodes, 1999-2001
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Thurgood Stubbs lives with his wife Muriel in the housing project where he is the chief superintendent. The show, created by Eddie Murphy (who provides Stubbs' voice), follows the adventures of the Stubbs family and the others in the building, animated through a process called 'Foamation.' Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PJs: The Projects See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (41 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There are many references to classic movies throughout the series including Casablanca, Dr Strangelove, and A Clockwork Orange. See more »

Quotes

Thurgood Stubbs: Whitney Houston, we have a problem.
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Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Celebutard Mountain (2007) See more »

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"Once upon a time in the projects..."
11 July 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

In one of the first of "The Simpsons"'s annual Halloween specials (incidentally, why is each episode referred to as "Treehouse of Horror" everywhere but in the on-screen credits?), we see a graveyard with tombstones for "Fish Police," "Family Dog" and "Capitol Critters," extremely shortlived shows that came up as a result of the first wave of animated shows in the wake of The Greatest TV Show Ever. "The PJs" would probably be included if such a stunt was to be tried again, but while many short-lived prime time cartoons deserve it ("Gary & Mike" and "Stressed Eric," anyone?), this one was more worthy of praise than most.

Set in the Hilton Jacobs Projects (the very name suggests the writers know their TV) in an unnamed city, this series focused on building superintendent Thurgood, wife Muriel, and the tenants - of which there seemed to be surprisingly few for such a big building; the series was fairly high on stereotyping with its characters (although one can't help noticing that one tenant, a Jamaican never clearly seen because of all his marijuana smoke, was soon dropped) and in the later episodes suffered from trying to emulate "The Simpsons" a bit too closely, and from shows like the spoof of season finales "Cliffhangin' With Mr Super" (that format doesn't really suit this show) ... the episodes where co-creator/executive producer Eddie Murphy didn't supply Thurgood's voice also suffered when Phil Morris subbed (it's impossible to not hear him and think "Jackie Chiles!").

But Will Vinton's Foamation technique, plus the simple fact that many of the shows actually were very funny, made up for a lot; the characters of Thurgood - loud, a couch potato ("Jack Lord is my shepherd, and I shall not want to turn him down!"), lazy, but still somehow likeable - and the others, plus the fact that every character got at least one story of their own, made up for the rest. (It's interesting that the most intelligent character on the show is Smokey, a homeless recovering crack addict.) The series may have been weighed down by the promise of its credits (former "Simpsons" writer Steve Tompkins co-created the show with future "The Bernie Mac Show" creator Larry Wilmore; Ron Howard was one of the show's eight (!) executive producers), but it was better than many similar live action shows; an underrated pleasure.

"NEXT!"


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