'Everybody Hates Chris' Aired 15 Years Ago — Here Are Some Interesting Facts about the Show
It has been 15 long years since the beloved comedy show "Everybody Loves Chris" aired. Actor Tyler James Williams, the show's star who played Chris, took to social media to share some interesting facts about the show that fans might not know of.
On September 25, 2005, the world got a closer look into the childhood of comedian Chris Rock with his show "Everybody Loves Chris." The sitcom, created by Rock and Ali LeRoy, went on to become such a huge hit that fans still enjoy watching its reruns and the wholesomeness is still the same.
Recently, the show celebrated its 15th anniversary. To commemorate the special milestone, actor Tyler James Williams who played Chris' teenage self, took a walk down memory lane and shared a few interesting facts about the sitcom that changed the trajectory of his career.
THE SHOW KICKSTARTED SOME STARS' CAREERS
Williams took to Instagram and Twitter to share what many fans of the show might not know. He started off by reminding them that the show first aired over a decade ago on UPN, a network that no longer exists.
According to the actor, the show was the turning point for some of its stars' careers including his and it continues to remind fans of their amazing roles. Terry Crews and Tichina Arnold were his on-screen parents and Imani Hakim and Tequan Richmond played his siblings.
THE CHILD ACTORS WERE TEENAGERS BACK THEN
All of the kids who starred in the show were roughly 12-13 years old back then. They are all in their 20s now. Since they were still kids, the child labor laws prohibited them from working 12 hours a day which was the show average.
Even when they worked 9.5 hours a day, the kids managed to stay at the top of their game and delivered stellar performances. They were more efficient than the rest of the actors, too.
INSPIRED BY REAL EVENTS
Since it is a show about the teenage life of actor and comedian Rock, many events in the show were inspired by true stories that he lived. In a 2006 interview with the Chicago Tribune, he shared how he felt like when watching the show. He said:
"It was weird. I was watching and going, 'Yep, that happened. I really did eat the big piece of chicken."
Chris Rock at the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
THE SHOW IS NOT FILMING
Some curious fans might wonder whether the show is still filming. In his post, Williams clarified that they stopped filming after the show ended and aired its the last episode on May 8, 2009.
In the short span of four years, four seasons with a total of 88 episodes were filmed. The actors felt like they had filmed longer than that because the sitcom blew up in syndication and most fans found the show.
TYLER DOES NOT REMEMBER MUCH OF IT
Although his role on the show was a turning point for the actor, Williams does not remember the specific details of the show. In his memory, the show seems like one big movie.
However, he can recall some memorable pieces and understandably so. After all, the show was the high school equivalent for the actors, as he explained, and not many people can recall specific details about that time of their lives.