Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009)
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Everybody Hates the Pilot 

Chris and his family move to Bed-Stuy and Chris attends a predominantly white middle school where he meets his new friend, Greg and ends up in the crosshairs of the school bully, Joey Caruso.


Reginald Hudlin


Chris Rock (creator), Ali LeRoi (creator) | 3 more credits »


Episode cast overview:
Terry Crews ... Julius
Tichina Arnold ... Rochelle
Tequan Richmond ... Drew
Imani Hakim ... Tonya
Vincent Martella ... Greg Wuliger
Tyler James Williams ... Chris
Chris Rock ... Narrator (voice)
Jude Ciccolella ... Dr. Raymond
John Capodice ... Bus Driver
Travis T. Flory ... Joey Caruso (as Travis Flory)
Judy Krause ... Bus Passenger
Steve Paymer ... Old Principal
Aree Davis ... Keisha Ridenhour




Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bussed to a predominantly white middle school two-hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and dealing with the school bully, Joey Caruso. Written by Anonymous

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As Chris is riding the bus to school, narrator Chris Rock mentions that he was the only black person on the bus, and that nobody ever sat next to him. This was evident by a pregnant passenger who gives Chris a dirty look after he offers her his seat by sliding down in the two-seater. Chris Rock. then says, "You think she's mad now? Wait 'til her daughter brings home O.J." Nicole Brown Simpson was born in 1959, and this episode takes place in 1982, which would be 23 years after she left her mother's womb. See more »


Narrator: My parents taught me love is never having to say "kiss my ass."
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Alternate Versions

In subsequent reruns, Caruso's use of the N-word is dubbed over with him calling Chris "Satchmo". See more »


Featured in Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Caruso (2007) See more »

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Everybody Hates the Pilot
28 January 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I would not say Chris Rock's brand of stand up is original. I did go to a comedy event a few weeks ago and I noticed that a lot of the young comedians seemed to be influenced by his type of comedy.

This first episode is a nostalgic coming of age sitcom, a lot like The Wonder Years. It combines that with Rock's wisecracking narration culled from his stand up act.

Set in 1982, a 13 year old Chris has left the projects to a better area of Brooklyn. One that is going to be the centre of the crack epidemic. He goes to an all white school rather than the one near his new house because his mum does not want him to be a hoodlum who sticks up a liquor store.

At least this is not a warm glow nostalgic show. The young Chris encounters racist bullying, guns that go off at the school near his house and the previous principal of his new school was chased out by the police for reasons the network censors will not allow. At least Chris's father is one of four fathers on the block. He might count the cost of everything but he has two jobs and comes home.

There is a hard edge to the pilot, a reworking of Rock's various stand up gigs. It shows a lot of promise and contained a few good jokes.

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22 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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