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17th Feb '18 4:12:41 PM PF
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''Martin'' is a {{sitcom}} that aired on {{Creator/FOX}} from 1992 to 1997. It stars Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey who has various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.

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''Martin'' is a {{sitcom}} that aired on {{Creator/FOX}} from 1992 to 1997. It stars Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey who has various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, seasons, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.
17th Feb '18 6:25:10 AM PF
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Tommy having a job. In the Season 1 episode, "Blackboard Jungle Fever," he works as a teacher. He even invites Martin to participate in his school's Career Day.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Tommy having a job. In the Season 1 episode, "Blackboard Jungle Fever," he works as a teacher. He even invites Martin and Cole to participate in his at a school's Career Day.
14th Feb '18 7:44:10 PM PF
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* IBrokeANail: Sheneneh has one of these in the hallway adding the phrase bitch in front of it.


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* IBrokeANail: Sheneneh has one of these in the hallway adding the phrase bitch in front of it.
14th Feb '18 7:41:08 PM PF
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''Martin'' is a {{sitcom}} that aired on {{Creator/FOX}} from 1992 to 1997. It stars Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey who has his various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.

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''Martin'' is a {{sitcom}} that aired on {{Creator/FOX}} from 1992 to 1997. It stars Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey who has his various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.
14th Feb '18 9:15:20 AM PF
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''Martin'' (1992-1997) is a [[{{SitCom}} sitcom]] that aired on {{Creator/FOX}} during TheNineties, starring Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey (later TV talk show host) and his various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.

And then it was discovered that Lawrence was abusing drugs. [[FromBadToWorse Even worse]], Campbell sued him for sexual harassment. At that point, she refused to be in the same room as Lawrence, even when filming. Needless to say, the writers had a difficult time writing around this (they basically had the couple interact by yelling from different rooms or talking on the phone with a split screen).

[[JumpedTheShark These events did not bode well for the series]]. In fact, they [[{{Cancellation}} spelled the end of the series in just one season]]. Still, reruns air on syndication all over the U.S., and the show is still popular even today. All drama aside, the series did conclude happily, with Martin and Gina moving to Los Angeles to begin a new life.

Not EVER to be confused with the cult vampire film ''Film/{{Martin}}'' by Creator/GeorgeARomero.

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''Martin'' (1992-1997) is a [[{{SitCom}} sitcom]] {{sitcom}} that aired on {{Creator/FOX}} during TheNineties, starring from 1992 to 1997. It stars Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey (later TV talk show host) and who has his various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.

And then it was discovered that Lawrence was abusing drugs. [[FromBadToWorse Even worse]], Campbell sued him for sexual harassment. At that point, she refused to be in the same room as Lawrence, even when filming. Needless to say, the writers had a difficult time writing around this (they this.[[note]]They basically had the couple interact by yelling from different rooms or talking on the phone with a split screen).

screen.[[/note]]

[[JumpedTheShark These events did not bode well for the series]]. In fact, they [[{{Cancellation}} spelled the end of the series in just one season]]. Still, reruns air on syndication all over the U.S., and the show is still popular even today. All drama aside, the series did conclude happily, with Martin and Gina moving to Los Angeles to begin a new life.

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Not EVER to be confused with the cult vampire film ''Film/{{Martin}}'' by Creator/GeorgeARomero.



* AngryBlackMan: Martin would certainly qualify.
** An ''even better'' example would be the character titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Angry Man]]:

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* AngryBlackMan: AngryBlackMan:
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Martin would certainly qualify.
** An ''even better'' example would be the character titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Angry Man]]:



* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Dragonfly Jones is a minor character (played by [[ActingForTwo Martin Lawrence]] of course) who seems to have all the traits of a douchey martial artist. Subverted ''hilariously'' in that he gets his ass handed to him in every fight.
* BelligerentSexualTension: In "Crunchy Drawers", Martin is terrorized by [[EroticDream erotic nightmares]] about his [[SitcomArchNemesis enemy]] Pam. When told that dreams can indicate repressed desires, he panics even harder! Ultimately, [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope it's subverted]]; Martin forces himself to see the dreams through, and they end with him gleefully murdering Pam!]] Across town, Pam has similar dreams...

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Dragonfly Jones is a minor character (played by [[ActingForTwo Martin Lawrence]] of course) who seems to have all the traits of a douchey martial artist. Subverted ''hilariously'' in that he gets his ass handed to him in every fight.
* BelligerentSexualTension: In "Crunchy Drawers", Martin is terrorized by [[EroticDream erotic nightmares]] about his [[SitcomArchNemesis enemy]] Pam. Pam]]. When told that dreams can indicate repressed desires, he panics even harder! harder. Ultimately, [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope it's subverted]]; Martin forces himself to see the dreams through, and they end with him gleefully murdering Pam!]] Across town, Pam has similar dreams...dreams.



* {{I Broke A Nail}}: Sheneneh had one of these in the hallway adding the phrase bitch in front of it.
* BurgerFool: Martin is forced to take a job at Hoochie Burger during his extensive job hunt in early Season 3.

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* {{I Broke A Nail}}: IBrokeANail: Sheneneh had has one of these in the hallway adding the phrase bitch in front of it.
* BurgerFool: Martin is forced to take a job at Hoochie Burger during his extensive job hunt in early in Season 3.



* CatchPhrase: Quite a few, most of them said by Martin.
--> '''Martin''': Get to steppin'!
--> '''Martin''': Give me love!
--> '''Sheneneh''': Oh no you didn't!
--> '''Tommy''': Cole? You stupid.
--> '''All''' ''[to Tommy]'': You ain't got no job, man!
--> '''Jerome''': Jerome's in the house! I said Jerome's in the hou-ou-ou-ouse!
--> '''Martin''': Talk to the hand.
--> '''Martin''': Save the drama for yo' mama.
* CelebrityParadox: Martin keeps a framed poster of ''Do the Right Thing'' in his living room, yet no one seems to notice how he looks so much like Cee, the character Lawrence portrayed in that film.

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* CatchPhrase: Quite a few, most of them said by Martin.
Martin:
--> '''Martin''': '''Martin:''' Get to steppin'!
--> '''Martin''': '''Martin:''' Give me love!
--> '''Sheneneh''': '''Sheneneh:''' Oh no you didn't!
--> '''Tommy''': '''Tommy:''' Cole? You stupid.
--> '''All''' '''All:''' ''[to Tommy]'': Tommy]'' You ain't got no job, man!
--> '''Jerome''': '''Jerome:''' Jerome's in the house! I said Jerome's in the hou-ou-ou-ouse!
--> '''Martin''': '''Martin:''' Talk to the hand.
--> '''Martin''': '''Martin:''' Save the drama for yo' mama.
* CelebrityParadox: CelebrityParadox:
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Martin keeps a framed poster of ''Do the Right Thing'' in his living room, yet no one seems to notice how he looks so much like Cee, the character Lawrence portrayed in that film.



** Bruh Man isn't too bright either. One subplot involves him and Martin planning to sell t-shirts outside of a Whitney Houston concert. Bruh Man makes the shirts. They end up running for their lives from people who got tricked into buying shirts for the "Whitty Huton Wuld Toor."

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** Bruh Man isn't too bright either.bright. One subplot involves him and Martin planning to sell t-shirts outside of a Whitney Houston concert. Bruh Man makes the shirts. They end up running for their lives from people who got tricked into buying shirts for the "Whitty Huton Wuld Toor."



** Shanice, Cole's girlfriend, also counts. How stupid is she? Even ''Cole'' is dumbstruck by her stupidity in the series' finale when [[spoiler:she didn't get that Cole was trying to propose to her]].
* TheDreaded: Mad Dog No Good is a notorious criminal who tracks Martin down throughout the ep "High Noon". Everyone in Detroit seems to know and fear him. We [[TheUnseen only hear his voice]] most of the time, but finally get to see him in the climax...he's portrayed by [[spoiler: Gary Coleman]], by the way.
* DropInCharacter: [[strike:Brother Man]] Bruh-Man frum tha Fifth Flo', who always entered Martin's apartment ''through the window''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Believe it or not, Tommy had a job. In the first season episode, "Blackboard Jungle Fever," Tommy works as a teacher. He invites Martin to participate in his school's Career Day.
* EnterStageWindow: Bruh Man almost exclusively used the window despite everybody else using the door. He even climbed through Gina's window once despite the fact that she admittedly didn't have a fire escape.
* FakeHairDrama: Pam's (supposedly) horrible weave makes her the butt of many jokes.

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** Shanice, Cole's girlfriend, also counts.girlfriend. How stupid is she? Even ''Cole'' is dumbstruck by her stupidity in the series' finale when [[spoiler:she didn't get that Cole was trying to propose to her]].
* TheDreaded: Mad Dog No Good is a notorious criminal who tracks Martin down throughout the ep "High Noon". Everyone in Detroit seems to know and fear him. We [[TheUnseen only hear Only his voice]] voice is heard]] most of the time, but time. When he finally get to see him shows in the climax...climax, he's portrayed by [[spoiler: Gary Coleman]], by the way.[[spoiler:Gary Coleman]].
* DropInCharacter: [[strike:Brother Man]] Bruh-Man frum tha Fifth Flo', Bruh Man, who always entered enters Martin's apartment ''through the window''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Believe it or not, Tommy had having a job. In the first season Season 1 episode, "Blackboard Jungle Fever," Tommy he works as a teacher. He even invites Martin to participate in his school's Career Day.
* EnterStageWindow: Bruh Man almost exclusively used uses the window despite everybody else using the door. He even climbed climbs through Gina's window once despite the fact that she admittedly didn't have a fire escape.
* FakeHairDrama: FakeHairDrama:
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Pam's (supposedly) horrible weave makes her the butt of many jokes.



* HonestJohnsDealership: Recurring character Hustle Man (Creator/TracyMorgan) shows up now and then, offering merchandise that may or may not be plot-relevant. Either way, as he repeatedly insists, don't ask where it came from.
* TheHyena: Tommy
* IncomingHam: Martin

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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Cole's girlfriend Big Shirley is TheGhost type of this trope.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Recurring character Hustle Man (Creator/TracyMorgan) shows up now and then, offering merchandise that may or may not be plot-relevant. Either way, as he repeatedly insists, don't ask where it came from.
* TheHyena: Tommy
Tommy.
* IncomingHam: MartinHypnoFool: Pam ends up taking on all of Martin's {{character tic}}s because of this. The fact that she can be hypnotized this way and that Martin shows little issue with her hypnotized behavior is a hint they really don't dislike each other ''that'' much.
* IncomingHam:
** Martin:



** Also Jerome.

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** Also Jerome.Jerome:



* {{Jerkass}}: Sheneneh. She seems to live to pick fights with Gina and Pam.
** Martin could be selfish or stubborn to extremes. And let's not forget his habit of throwing people out of his house.
*** And his girlfriend out of his car, once.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A whole episode is dedicated to this. It's Martin's birthday, and no one wants to show up to his party because he's...abrasive. Throughout, contrasting clips are shown of Martin's [[{{Jerkass}} meaner]] and [[JerkWithAHeartofGold kinder]] sides. [[spoiler:Turns out it was all a trick to get him to come to a surprise party.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: {{Jerkass}}:
**
Sheneneh. She seems to live to pick fights with Gina and Pam.
** Martin could can be selfish or stubborn to extremes. And let's not forget his habit of throwing people out of his house.
*** And his girlfriend out of his car, once.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A whole episode is dedicated to this. It's Martin's birthday, and no one wants to show up to his party because he's...he's abrasive. Throughout, contrasting clips are shown of Martin's [[{{Jerkass}} meaner]] and [[JerkWithAHeartofGold kinder]] sides. [[spoiler:Turns out it was all a trick to get him to come to a surprise party.]]



* LargeHam: All of the main cast have their moments, but Martin is extremely demonstrative with his emotions, and Cole is extremely loud with his bird calls.
** Every character Lawrence played tended toward this as well.
** Tommy's loud, wide-mouthed laugh practically swallows the ham.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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All of the main cast have their moments, but Martin is extremely demonstrative with his emotions, and Cole is extremely loud with his bird calls.
** Every character Lawrence played tended toward this as well.
** Tommy's loud, wide-mouthed laugh practically swallows the ham.
this.



* LetsGetDangerous: Otis the Security Guard is out of shape and inept. When insulted, though...he gets deadly.
* {{Mondegreen}}: For the record, Tommy's last name is '''Strawn''', not '''Strong''', as so many fans initially believed.

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* LetsGetDangerous: Otis the Security Guard is out of shape and inept. When insulted, though...though, he gets deadly.
* {{Mondegreen}}: For the record, Tommy's last name is '''Strawn''', not '''Strong''', as so many fans initially believed.'''Strong'''.



** HypnoFool: And as a result, she ends up taking on all of Martin's {{character tic}}s because of this. The fact that she could be hypnotized this way and that Martin showed little issue with her hypnotized behavior was a hint they really did not dislike each other ''that'' much.



* MyOwnPrivateIDo: Of the Plan First, Elope Later variety. Due to their bickering relatives in general and the overbearing Mama Payne in particular, Martin and Gina scrap their plans for their wedding and abscond to the Bahamas with Tommy and Pam (it turns out Cole got on the wrong plane). They bounce just before walking down the aisle, in fact.
* NoIndoorVoice: Laquita

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* MyOwnPrivateIDo: Of the Plan First, Elope Later plan first, elope later variety. Due to their bickering relatives in general general, and the overbearing Mama Payne in particular, Martin and Gina scrap their plans for their wedding and abscond to the Bahamas with Tommy and Pam (it turns out Cole Pam.[[note]]Cole got on the wrong plane). plane.[[/note]] They bounce just before walking down the aisle, in fact.
* NoIndoorVoice: LaquitaLaquita.



** And do not, by any means or for any reason, [[BerserkButton call her a "skank."]]
* ObliquelyObfuscatedOccupation: More than one episode was dedicated to trying to figure out what Tommy did for a living. Pam didn't even know even after she became his girlfriend.
** Martin says he once picked Tommy up from work at a big, black building downtown, with no windows or signs.
--> '''Tommy''': Oh yeah, we're not there anymore. We moved.
--> '''Martin''': Where?
--> '''Tommy''': That big white building across the street.
** Eventually, nobody believes Tommy has a job at all, [[YouHaveToBelieveMe despite his numerous protests]]. Tommy's frustration is understandable, since [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in one of the first episodes, he is a teacher at the elementary school he and Martin attended as kids]]. This is dropped a very short time later, presumably because [[RuleOfFunny it's much funnier to say he ain't got no job, man]].
** After many years, WordOfGod finally settled this. [[spoiler:According to [[http://www.vh1.com/news/250799/tisha-campbell-reveals-tommys-job/ Tisha Campbell]] he works as a guidance counselor at the Boys & Girls Club.]] This actually makes the EarlyInstallmentWeirdness make sense in retrospect.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: See MyBelovedSmother above. Gina's parents, meanwhile, are snooty but mostly harmless. Martin really loves his mother-in-law, in fact.
* PhraseCatcher: "Damn, Gina!"

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** And do not, by any means or for any reason, [[BerserkButton call her a "skank."]]
* ObliquelyObfuscatedOccupation: More than one episode was is dedicated to trying to figure out what Tommy did does for a living. Pam didn't doesn't even know even after she became becomes his girlfriend.
* ObnoxiousInLaws:
** Martin says he once picked Tommy up from work at a big, black building downtown, with no windows or signs.
--> '''Tommy''': Oh yeah, we're not there anymore. We moved.
--> '''Martin''': Where?
--> '''Tommy''': That big white building across the street.
As noted above, Mama Payne doesn't like Gina.
** Eventually, nobody believes Tommy has a job at all, [[YouHaveToBelieveMe despite his numerous protests]]. Tommy's frustration is understandable, since [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in one of the first episodes, he is a teacher at the elementary school he and Martin attended as kids]]. This is dropped a very short time later, presumably because [[RuleOfFunny it's much funnier to say he ain't got no job, man]].
** After many years, WordOfGod finally settled this. [[spoiler:According to [[http://www.vh1.com/news/250799/tisha-campbell-reveals-tommys-job/ Tisha Campbell]] he works as a guidance counselor at the Boys & Girls Club.]] This actually makes the EarlyInstallmentWeirdness make sense in retrospect.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: See MyBelovedSmother above.
Gina's parents, meanwhile, are snooty but mostly harmless. Martin really loves his mother-in-law, in fact.
* PhraseCatcher: PhraseCatcher:
**
"Damn, Gina!"



* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: That one [[ADayInTheLimelight Pam-centric]] episode seems to count, as it revolves around her, completely separate from the rest of the cast, taking on a A&R position and finding a singing talent played by Tyrese Gibson.
** The episode is also titled "Going for Mine," which at the time (when the series was doomed) might have easily had a fictional and a real-world meaning for the character and the actress. Furthermore, the episodes leading up to the series finale were heavily focused on Pam.
* SassyBlackWoman: Sheneneh. '''''Sheneneh'''''.
** And Pam, on occasion.
* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]: Cole's girlfriend Big Shirley is TheGhost type of this trope.
* ShockJock: As a DJ, Martin would veer into this territory now and then. Usually when he was mad.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: That one [[ADayInTheLimelight Pam-centric]] episode "Going for Mine" seems to count, as it revolves around her, Pam, completely separate from the rest of the cast, taking on a A&R position and finding a singing talent played by Tyrese Gibson.
* SassyBlackWoman:
** The episode Sheneneh, most noticeably when she is also titled "Going for Mine," which at the time (when the series was doomed) might have easily had a fictional around Gina and a real-world meaning for the character and the actress. Furthermore, the episodes leading up to the series finale were heavily focused on Pam.
* SassyBlackWoman: Sheneneh. '''''Sheneneh'''''.
** And Pam, on occasion.
* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]: Cole's girlfriend Big Shirley
Pam is TheGhost type of this trope.
on occasion. This is especially true when she is around Martin.
* ShockJock: As a DJ, Martin would veer veers into this territory now and then. Usually This is usually the case when he was he's mad.



** The ''Do the Right Thing'' poster in Martin's living room (see ActorAllusion above) as well as a reference to the film where Martin, who's been fired from his radio job by the new manager, throws a small trash can at the window just like how [[Creator/SpikeLee Mookie]] smashes the window at the pizzeria, but with no effect. Martin says "It looked fly when Spike did it."

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** The ''Do the Right Thing'' poster in Martin's living room (see ActorAllusion above) as well as a reference to the film where Martin, who's been fired from his radio job by the new manager, throws a small trash can at the window just like how [[Creator/SpikeLee Mookie]] smashes the window at the pizzeria, but with no effect. Martin says "It looked fly when Spike did it."



* SinisterMinister: Reverend [[AlliterativeName Leon Lonnie Love]], played by David Alan Grier, is a comedic example. He swindles people and has difficulty controlling his...fleshy urges.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Pam and Gina to Sheneneh, to a lesser extent Pam to Martin.

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* SinisterMinister: Reverend [[AlliterativeName Leon Lonnie Love]], played by David Alan Grier, is a comedic example. He swindles people and has difficulty controlling his...his fleshy urges.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Pam and Gina to Sheneneh, to Sheneneh. To a lesser extent Pam extent, the former is also this to Martin.



* ThisIsReality: Sort of inverted and more like LeaningOnTheFourthWall on one episode where the guys help a woman in labor deliver a baby. Not only does the baby shoot out of the womb as if the woman was a pitching machine, but the child has no umbilical cord, as [[LampshadeHanging Tommy points out]].
-->'''Martin''': Dammit, Tommy, we don't need umbilical cords! (''[[MediumAwareness turning to the audience]]'') THIS IS TV!

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* ThisIsReality: Sort of inverted and more like LeaningOnTheFourthWall on one episode where the guys help a woman in labor deliver a baby. Not only does the baby shoot out of the womb as if the woman was a pitching machine, but the child has no umbilical cord, as [[LampshadeHanging Tommy points out]].
-->'''Martin''':
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-->'''Martin:'''
Dammit, Tommy, we don't need umbilical cords! (''[[MediumAwareness turning to the audience]]'') THIS IS TV!



* WomenAreWiser: Played straight with Gina and Martin. Inverted with [[TheCasanova Tommy]] and [[HotBlooded Pam]].

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* WomenAreWiser: WomenAreWiser:
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Played straight with Gina and Martin. Martin.
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Inverted with [[TheCasanova Tommy]] and [[HotBlooded Pam]].
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''Martin'' (1992-1997) is a [[{{SitCom}} sitcom]] that aired on {{FOX}} during TheNineties, starring Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey (later TV talk show host) and his various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.

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''Martin'' (1992-1997) is a [[{{SitCom}} sitcom]] that aired on {{FOX}} {{Creator/FOX}} during TheNineties, starring Creator/MartinLawrence as [[TheDanza Martin Payne]], a Detroit disc jockey (later TV talk show host) and his various misadventures with his girlfriend (later wife) Gina (Tisha Campbell), homeboys Tommy (Thomas Mikal Ford) and Cole (Carl Anthony Payne II), and Gina's friend Pam (Tichina Arnold). For about four seasons or so, it was one of FOX's most popular shows.
26th Nov '17 1:39:06 PM Kingler
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Dragonfly Jones. Subverted ''hilariously'' in that he gets his ass handed to him in every fight.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Dragonfly Jones. Jones is a minor character (played by [[ActingForTwo Martin Lawrence]] of course) who seems to have all the traits of a douchey martial artist. Subverted ''hilariously'' in that he gets his ass handed to him in every fight.fight.
* BelligerentSexualTension: In "Crunchy Drawers", Martin is terrorized by [[EroticDream erotic nightmares]] about his [[SitcomArchNemesis enemy]] Pam. When told that dreams can indicate repressed desires, he panics even harder! Ultimately, [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope it's subverted]]; Martin forces himself to see the dreams through, and they end with him gleefully murdering Pam!]] Across town, Pam has similar dreams...



* HonestJohnsDealership: Recurring character Hustle Man (Creator/TracyMorgan) shows up now and then, offering merchandise that may or may not be plot-relevant. Either way, as he repeatedly insists, don't ask where it came from.



* ShockJock: As a DJ, Martin would veer into this territory now and then. Usually when he was mad.



* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Gina is a magnet for physical comedy. For instance, she's been dropped down a garbage chute, knocked out by one of Cole's [[ItMakesSenseInContext toenails]], and spent an entire episode with her head stuck in a bed headboard.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Martin's radio show has its fans, but he is convinced that it's the number one show in the world. He often shouts his "WHAZZUP!!" CatchPhrase in public, expecting people to recognize him. They usually don't.

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* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Gina is a magnet [[TheChewToy magnet]] for physical comedy. For instance, she's been dropped down a garbage chute, knocked out by one of Cole's [[ItMakesSenseInContext toenails]], and spent an entire episode with her head stuck in a bed headboard.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Martin's radio show has its fans, but he is he's convinced that it's the number one show in the world.city. He often shouts his "WHAZZUP!!" CatchPhrase in public, expecting people to recognize him. They usually don't.


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* VolleyingInsults: If Martin and Pam ''aren't'' doing this, something is wrong. Pam usually makes fun of his [[HeightAngst height]], while Martin compares her to hairy animals.
27th Sep '17 7:32:02 AM Kingler
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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Unlike the traditional sitcom protagonist, Martin is the furthest thing from mild-mannered. He's loud, abrasive, and belligerent--and that's how he acts towards his ''friends''. More often than not, though, his conscience makes him do the right thing.

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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Unlike the traditional sitcom protagonist, Martin is the furthest thing from mild-mannered. He's loud, abrasive, and belligerent--and that's how he acts towards his ''friends''. More often than not, though, his conscience makes him do the right thing.



* WomenAreWiser: Played straight with Gina and Martin. Inverted with Tommy and Pam.

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* WomenAreWiser: Played straight with Gina and Martin. Inverted with Tommy [[TheCasanova Tommy]] and Pam.[[HotBlooded Pam]].
27th Sep '17 7:30:22 AM Kingler
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* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Gina is a magnet for physical comedy. For instance, she's been dropped down a garbage chute, knocked out by one of Cole's [[ItMakeseSenseInContext toenails]], and spent an entire episode with her head stuck in a bed headboard.

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* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Gina is a magnet for physical comedy. For instance, she's been dropped down a garbage chute, knocked out by one of Cole's [[ItMakeseSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext toenails]], and spent an entire episode with her head stuck in a bed headboard.
27th Sep '17 7:26:25 AM Kingler
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* TheDreaded: Mad Dog No Good, as played by Gary Coleman.

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* TheDreaded: Mad Dog No Good, as played Good is a notorious criminal who tracks Martin down throughout the ep "High Noon". Everyone in Detroit seems to know and fear him. We [[TheUnseen only hear his voice]] most of the time, but finally get to see him in the climax...he's portrayed by [[spoiler: Gary Coleman.Coleman]], by the way.



* ForeheadOfDoom: Gina gets a lot of flak for the size of her head, particularly from [[ObnoxiousInLaws Martin's mother]] who [[SarcasmMode affectionately]] calls her "Applehead".
* FowlMouthedParrot: Gina is forced to take care of Mama Payne's parrot Ruby in "To Kill a Talking Bird". It insults her just like Mama Payne does by calling her things like "[[YouAreFat heifer]]" or "muscle butt".



* IgnoredConfession: Gina ends up [[DeadPetSketch accidentally killing the parrot]] mentioned above. She confesses to her mother in law, who doesn't believe her, reasoning that Gina is too smart (and scared of her...which she is!) to do something like that. Mama Payne assumes she must be taking the fall for Martin.



* ObnoxiousInLaws: See MyBelovedSmother above. Gina's parents, meanwhile, are arrogant but mostly harmless. Martin really loves his mother-in-law, in fact.

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* ObnoxiousInLaws: See MyBelovedSmother above. Gina's parents, meanwhile, are arrogant snooty but mostly harmless. Martin really loves his mother-in-law, in fact.



* SmallNameBigEgo: Martin uses his popularity as a radio personality to show other people up, and convinces himself that he has the number one show in the world to the point that he shouts his "WHAZZUP!!" CatchPhrase to expect people to recognize him. They don't.

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* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Gina is a magnet for physical comedy. For instance, she's been dropped down a garbage chute, knocked out by one of Cole's [[ItMakeseSenseInContext toenails]], and spent an entire episode with her head stuck in a bed headboard.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Martin uses his popularity as a Martin's radio personality to show other people up, and convinces himself has its fans, but he is convinced that he has it's the number one show in the world to the point that he world. He often shouts his "WHAZZUP!!" CatchPhrase to expect in public, expecting people to recognize him. They usually don't.
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