History Series / TheGame

3rd Mar '17 7:27:44 PM MarcoPolo250
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Fortunately for ''The Game'', [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/media/17bet.html?_r=1 BET wasn’t deaf to the acrimony]], and met with the show’s producers to [[UnCanceled resurrect the canceled sitcom]]. Thanks to the growing interest in cable programming, Creator/{{BET}} already re-structured its schedule to re-air black sitcoms for reruns - and that included ''The Game''. BET’s reruns of ''The Game'' consistently got higher ratings than its original airings on the CW, and the fanbase grew exponentially during this period. The network also needed a vehicle for its own original scripted programming - with sitcom ''Let’s Stay Together'' being its first live-action scripted comedy [[note]]The 2001 animated series, ''Hey Monie!'', was BET's first scripted series [[/note]] – [[NetworkToTheRescue which made ''The Game'' a perfect candidate]].

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Fortunately for ''The Game'', [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/media/17bet.html?_r=1 BET wasn’t deaf to the acrimony]], and met with the show’s producers to [[UnCanceled resurrect the canceled sitcom]]. Thanks to the growing interest in cable programming, Creator/{{BET}} already re-structured its schedule to re-air black sitcoms for reruns - and that included ''The Game''. BET’s reruns of ''The Game'' consistently got higher ratings than its original airings on the CW, and the fanbase grew exponentially during this period. The network also needed a vehicle for its own original scripted programming - with sitcom ''Let’s Stay Together'' being its first live-action scripted comedy [[note]]The 2001 animated series, ''Hey Monie!'', was BET's first scripted series [[/note]] – [[NetworkToTheRescue which made ''The Game'' The Game a perfect candidate]].
3rd Mar '17 7:27:13 PM MarcoPolo250
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Alas, that attitude was present within The CW itself, and it eventually caused [[ScrewedByTheNetwork ''The Game''’s cancellation after three seasons]]. Many black viewers feared that might happen after the WB merged with UPN – the only network rife with black-casted comedies – because the WB's half might whitewash UPN's side. Three seasons after both the CW and ''The Game'' debuted, that’s exactly what happened. Hence, minority viewers’ backlash against the big networks for the lack of racial balance with their shows (''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' getting canceled with ''The Game'' and ABC’s ''Series/UglyBetty'' getting canceled months later didn’t help).

Fortunately for ''The Game'', [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/media/17bet.html?_r=1 BET wasn’t deaf to the acrimony]], and met with the show’s producers to [[UnCanceled resurrect the canceled sitcom]]. Thanks to the growing interest in cable programming, Creator/{{BET}} already re-structured its schedule to re-air black sitcoms for reruns, and that included ''The Game''. BET’s reruns of ''The Game'' consistently got higher ratings than its original airings on the CW, and the fanbase grew exponentially during this period. The network also needed a vehicle for its own original scripted programming - with sitcom ''Let’s Stay Together'' being its first live-action scripted comedy [[note]]The 2001 animated series, ''Hey Monie!'', was BET's first scripted series [[/note]] – [[NetworkToTheRescue which made ''The Game'' a perfect candidate]].

When ''The Game'' finally returned on Jan 11th, 2011, nineteen months since the CW’s cancellation, the ratings hit an unprecedented ‘’7.7 million’’ viewers during the premier, the largest viewing audience in cable history. The numbers dwindled to a steadier 4.4 million, come the season four finale, but it’s still much higher than the CW broadcasts. In fact, [[LaserGuidedKarma ''The Game’s'' ratings on BET often matched, or even ''surpassed'', those of the CW’s lineup at the time]].

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Alas, that attitude was present within The CW itself, and it eventually caused [[ScrewedByTheNetwork ''The Game''’s The Game’s cancellation after three seasons]]. Many black viewers feared that might happen after the WB merged with UPN – the only network rife with black-casted comedies – because the WB's half might whitewash UPN's side. Three seasons after both the CW and ''The Game'' debuted, that’s exactly what happened. Hence, minority viewers’ backlash against the big networks for the lack of racial balance with their shows (''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' getting canceled with ''The Game'' and ABC’s ''Series/UglyBetty'' getting canceled months later didn’t help).

Fortunately for ''The Game'', [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/media/17bet.html?_r=1 BET wasn’t deaf to the acrimony]], and met with the show’s producers to [[UnCanceled resurrect the canceled sitcom]]. Thanks to the growing interest in cable programming, Creator/{{BET}} already re-structured its schedule to re-air black sitcoms for reruns, reruns - and that included ''The Game''. BET’s reruns of ''The Game'' consistently got higher ratings than its original airings on the CW, and the fanbase grew exponentially during this period. The network also needed a vehicle for its own original scripted programming - with sitcom ''Let’s Stay Together'' being its first live-action scripted comedy [[note]]The 2001 animated series, ''Hey Monie!'', was BET's first scripted series [[/note]] – [[NetworkToTheRescue which made ''The Game'' a perfect candidate]].

When ''The Game'' finally returned on Jan 11th, 2011, nineteen months since the CW’s cancellation, the ratings hit an unprecedented ‘’7.7 million’’ viewers during the premier, the largest viewing audience in cable history. The numbers dwindled to a steadier 4.4 million, come the season four finale, but it’s still much higher than the CW broadcasts. In fact, [[LaserGuidedKarma ''The Game’s'' The Game’s ratings on BET often matched, or even ''surpassed'', those of the CW’s lineup at the time]].



* DarkerAndEdgier: The fourth season, most notably, and even then, it's not too drastic. Still, it's one reason the fanbase got upset with the show after it returned from a near two-year hiatus.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The fourth season, most notably, and even notably. Even then, it's not too drastic. Still, it's one reason the fanbase got upset with the show after it returned from a near two-year hiatus.



** Season five, if the premier is any indication, seems to be going even further this direction.
** This gets to the point that in later seasons, whenever the laugh track is used it often feels forced, uncomfortable, inappropriate, and out of place in the middle of all the heavy drama.
** The whole show is this compared to the series it technically spun off from, {{Series/Girlfriends}}.
** As of season five they've ditched the laugh track completely, and humorous moments are now [[CerebusSyndrome very few and far between]].

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** Season five, if though far less depressing than the premier is any indication, seems to be going previous season, went even further this direction.
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** This gets The whole show is this compared to the series it technically spun off from, ''{{Series/Girlfriends}}.''
** It got
to the point that in later the BET seasons, whenever the laugh track is used it often feels forced, uncomfortable, inappropriate, and out of place in the middle of all the heavy drama.
** The whole show is this compared to the series it technically spun off from, {{Series/Girlfriends}}.
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drama. As of early as season five they've six, they ditched the laugh track completely, and humorous moments are now [[CerebusSyndrome very few and far between]].



* {{Flanderization}}: One reason, among several, that the fourth season bugged fans. Kelly acted vapid for her reality show and threw away all sense of dignified independence that she fought too hard for seasons earlier, daughter Brittany became much brattier than her younger self, and Malik became the resident JerkSue. In contrast, Jason, [[AvertedTrope who used to be the]] JerkSue, [[CharacterDevelopment became the most chivalrous, selfless reasonable character in the cast]].

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* {{Flanderization}}: One Yet another reason, among several, that for why the fourth season bugged fans. Kelly acted vapid for her reality show and threw away all sense of dignified independence that she fought too hard for seasons earlier, daughter Brittany became much brattier than her younger self, and Malik became the resident JerkSue. In contrast, Jason, [[AvertedTrope who used to be the]] JerkSue, [[CharacterDevelopment became the most chivalrous, selfless reasonable character in the cast]].



* PutOnABus: Kelly went off to "find herself" halfway through season 4. No hints as to wether or not she will return.
** No signs for her return in season five, either. The actress is absent in the credits for season five, and The Game's season five promos have Kelly inexplicably absent.
** According to the OtherWiki, Melanie and Derwin are also being put on a LongBusTrip as of the end of season 5 and aren't likely to return. They will replaced by a new couple.

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* PutOnABus: Kelly went off to "find herself" halfway through season 4. No hints as to wether or not she will return.
** No signs for her
She wouldn't return in until season five, either. The actress is absent in the credits for season five, and The Game's season five promos have Kelly inexplicably absent.
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** According to the OtherWiki, Melanie and Derwin are also being were put on a LongBusTrip as of at the end of season 5 and aren't likely to return. They will were replaced by a new couple.couple. They both make one final appearance in the series finale.



** WordOfGod claims that [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-game/the-akils-answer-your-questions/10150129289511976 season 5 will revert to the more humorous days of seasons 1-3 and dial down the drama aspects]].

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** WordOfGod claims claimed that [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-game/the-akils-answer-your-questions/10150129289511976 season 5 will revert would return to the more humorous days lighthearted tone of seasons 1-3 and dial down the drama aspects]].earlier seasons, which it did]]. [[DarkerAndEdgier The rest of the series, on the other hand...]]
3rd Mar '17 7:10:19 PM MarcoPolo250
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As The Game progresses, it becomes clear that being involved in the professional sports world comes with a personal price. All three couples get into conflicts between family and business. Fallouts between friends and even loved ones are pretty common, and the ubiquitous media presence sometimes catches too many unauthorized glimpses of the resulting carnage. Ironically enough, The Game preceded several reality shows that focus on famous athletes and the women behind them, which makes the show all the more prophetic, if not necessarily surprising.

However, The Game isn’t perfect. It often suffers from an overabundance of guest stars, mainly used as [[DeusExMachina plot conveniences]] ([[SpecialGuest Rick Fox’s extended role]] comes to mind). Also, its [[TakeThat declarations]] against the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot controversial real life sports stories]] are anything but subtle, its portrayal of the male-centric and/or racist administrative side of the sports world isn’t handled very deftly, and most of the non-primary white characters are portrayed rather idiotically. TheWire of the sports world, it is not. But overall, The Game shows a surprising amount of depth with the professional sports world’s uglier side. One could make a case that [[CrapsaccharineWorld beyond the glitz and glam, it’s a dog-eat-dog cutthroat environment]].

For some, The Game reminds viewers of the [[ShortRunners ill-fated]] but scarily realistic ESPN drama ''Playmakers'' (which also involves NFL players and their controversial lives), even though it avoids the grimness of ''Playmakers'' by [[LighterAndSofter mixing a good balance of drama and humor]]. The third and (especially) fourth seasons get progressively darker, but never quite extinguish the lighter elements that made the show a delight for fans early on. It might be a reason why The Game didn’t offend the NFL the way ''Playmakers'' did. Then again, The Game didn’t get much attention in the sports media world, possibly because of the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/FridayNightLights ''other'' major football show on NBC]] or perhaps because of the [[UnfortunateImplications ugly stigma that often follows shows with mostly black casts]]).

Alas, that attitude was present within CW itself, and it eventually caused [[ScrewedByTheNetwork The Game’s cancellation after three seasons]]. Many black viewers feared that might happen after the WB merged with UPN – the only network rife with black casted comedies – because the WB side might whitewash the UPN side. Three seasons after the CW and The Game debuted, that’s exactly what happened. Hence, minority viewers’ backlash against the big networks for the lack of racial balance with their shows (Series/EverybodyHatesChris getting canceled with The Game and ABC’s Series/UglyBetty getting canceled months later didn’t help).

Fortunately for The Game, [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/media/17bet.html?_r=1 BET wasn’t deaf to the acrimony]], and met with the show’s producers to [[UnCanceled resurrect the canceled sitcom]]. Thanks to the growing interest in cable programming, Creator/{{BET}} already re-structured its schedule to re-air black sitcoms for reruns, and that included The Game. BET’s reruns of The Game consistently got higher ratings than its original CW airings, and the fanbase grew exponentially during this period. The network also needed a vehicle for its own original scripted programming - with sitcom Let’s Stay Together being the first – [[NetworkToTheRescue which made The Game a perfect candidate]]. When The Game finally returned with new episodes on Jan 11th, 2011, nineteen months since CW’s cancellation, the ratings hit an unprecedented ‘’7.7 million’’ viewers during the premier, the largest viewing audience in cable history. The numbers dwindled to a steadier 4.4 million, come the season four finale, but it’s still much higher than the CW days. In fact, [[LaserGuidedKarma The Game’s current ratings often match or even ''surpass'' the CW’s current lineup]].

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As The Game ''The Game'' progresses, it becomes clear that being involved in the professional sports world comes with a personal price. All three couples get into conflicts between family and business. Fallouts between friends and even loved ones are pretty common, and the ubiquitous media presence sometimes catches too many unauthorized glimpses of the resulting carnage. Ironically enough, The Game ''The Game'' preceded several reality shows that focus on famous athletes and the women behind them, which makes the show all the more prophetic, if not necessarily surprising.

However, The Game ''The Game'' isn’t perfect. It often suffers from an overabundance of guest stars, mainly used as [[DeusExMachina plot conveniences]] ([[SpecialGuest Rick Fox’s extended role]] comes to mind). Also, its [[TakeThat declarations]] against the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot controversial real life sports stories]] are anything but subtle, its portrayal of the male-centric and/or racist administrative side of the sports world isn’t handled very deftly, and most of the non-primary white characters are portrayed rather idiotically. TheWire ''TheWire'' of the sports world, it is not. But overall, The Game ''The Game'' shows a surprising amount of depth with the professional sports world’s uglier side. One could make a case that [[CrapsaccharineWorld beyond the glitz and glam, it’s a dog-eat-dog cutthroat environment]].

For some, The Game ''The Game'' reminds viewers of the [[ShortRunners ill-fated]] but scarily realistic ESPN drama ''Playmakers'' (which also involves NFL players and their controversial lives), even though it avoids the grimness of ''Playmakers'' by [[LighterAndSofter mixing a good balance of drama and humor]]. The third and (especially) fourth seasons get progressively darker, but never quite extinguish the lighter elements that made the show a delight for fans early on. It might be a reason why The Game ''The Game'' didn’t offend the NFL the way ''Playmakers'' did. Then again, The Game ''The Game'' didn’t get much attention in the sports media world, possibly because of the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/FridayNightLights ''other'' major football show on NBC]] or perhaps because of the [[UnfortunateImplications ugly stigma that often follows shows with mostly black casts]]).

Alas, that attitude was present within The CW itself, and it eventually caused [[ScrewedByTheNetwork The Game’s ''The Game''’s cancellation after three seasons]]. Many black viewers feared that might happen after the WB merged with UPN – the only network rife with black casted black-casted comedies – because the WB side WB's half might whitewash the UPN UPN's side. Three seasons after both the CW and The Game ''The Game'' debuted, that’s exactly what happened. Hence, minority viewers’ backlash against the big networks for the lack of racial balance with their shows (Series/EverybodyHatesChris (''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' getting canceled with The Game ''The Game'' and ABC’s Series/UglyBetty ''Series/UglyBetty'' getting canceled months later didn’t help).

Fortunately for The Game, ''The Game'', [[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/business/media/17bet.html?_r=1 BET wasn’t deaf to the acrimony]], and met with the show’s producers to [[UnCanceled resurrect the canceled sitcom]]. Thanks to the growing interest in cable programming, Creator/{{BET}} already re-structured its schedule to re-air black sitcoms for reruns, and that included The Game. ''The Game''. BET’s reruns of The Game ''The Game'' consistently got higher ratings than its original CW airings, airings on the CW, and the fanbase grew exponentially during this period. The network also needed a vehicle for its own original scripted programming - with sitcom Let’s ''Let’s Stay Together Together'' being the its first live-action scripted comedy [[note]]The 2001 animated series, ''Hey Monie!'', was BET's first scripted series [[/note]] – [[NetworkToTheRescue which made The Game ''The Game'' a perfect candidate]]. candidate]].

When The Game ''The Game'' finally returned with new episodes on Jan 11th, 2011, nineteen months since the CW’s cancellation, the ratings hit an unprecedented ‘’7.7 million’’ viewers during the premier, the largest viewing audience in cable history. The numbers dwindled to a steadier 4.4 million, come the season four finale, but it’s still much higher than the CW days. broadcasts. In fact, [[LaserGuidedKarma The Game’s current ''The Game’s'' ratings on BET often match matched, or even ''surpass'' ''surpassed'', those of the CW’s current lineup]].lineup at the time]].
19th Apr '16 7:19:20 PM Orbiting
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* BreakTheHaughty: Jason in season 2, Malik in season 4. Both of them get better though, despite avoiding SuddenlyHumble (their {{Jerkass}} simply got toned down). Derwin seems to be headed this direction in season 5 after [[spoiler: he intentionally missed a tackle and exposed the Sabers' rookie quarterback to a season ending, and possibly career ending, injury. Despite Derwin denying the act, [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion the press and fans savaged him for his presumed actions.]] ]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: Jason in season 2, Malik in season 4. Both of them get better though, despite avoiding SuddenlyHumble SuddenHumility (their {{Jerkass}} simply got toned down). Derwin seems to be headed this direction in season 5 after [[spoiler: he intentionally missed a tackle and exposed the Sabers' rookie quarterback to a season ending, and possibly career ending, injury. Despite Derwin denying the act, [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion the press and fans savaged him for his presumed actions.]] ]]
4th Dec '15 10:47:46 AM Berrenta
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Alas, that attitude was present within CW itself, and it eventually caused [[ScrewedByTheNetwork The Game’s cancellation after three seasons]]. Many black viewers feared that might happen after the WB merged with UPN – the only network rife with black casted comedies – because the WB side might whitewash the UPN side. Three seasons after the CW and The Game debuted, that’s exactly what happened. Hence, [[InternetBacklash minority viewers’ backlash]] against the big networks for the lack of racial balance with their shows (EverybodyHatesChris getting canceled with The Game and ABC’s {{Ugly Betty}} getting canceled months later didn’t help).

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Alas, that attitude was present within CW itself, and it eventually caused [[ScrewedByTheNetwork The Game’s cancellation after three seasons]]. Many black viewers feared that might happen after the WB merged with UPN – the only network rife with black casted comedies – because the WB side might whitewash the UPN side. Three seasons after the CW and The Game debuted, that’s exactly what happened. Hence, [[InternetBacklash minority viewers’ backlash]] backlash against the big networks for the lack of racial balance with their shows (EverybodyHatesChris (Series/EverybodyHatesChris getting canceled with The Game and ABC’s {{Ugly Betty}} Series/UglyBetty getting canceled months later didn’t help).
20th Feb '15 11:12:57 PM tenryufan
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* {{Tsundere}}: Tasha Mack. A large part of her tsuntsun personality comes from her younger days as a single mother surviving on her own, so being fierce was her defense. Although this works when she is going up against people she doesn't intend to have a relationship with, it sort of backfires when she wants to pursue a relationship.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The creators wanted it to be a hour long drama when the network became TheCW since they were axing all of their sitcoms for hour long dramas. But the network refused, thus cancelling the show.
** With the fans demanding an hour-long format after season 4 was full of short episodes (some barely cross the 20 minute mark), [[WordOfGod the creator]] is [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-game/the-akils-answer-your-questions/10150129289511976 seriously considering the transition]]. Time will tell if season 5 and beyond plans to go that direction.

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* {{Tsundere}}: Tasha Mack. A large part of her tsuntsun personality comes from her younger days as a single mother surviving on her own, so being fierce was her defense. Although this works when she is going up against people she doesn't intend to have a relationship with, it sort of backfires when she wants to pursue a relationship. \n* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The creators wanted it to be a hour long drama when the network became TheCW since they were axing all of their sitcoms for hour long dramas. But the network refused, thus cancelling the show.\n** With the fans demanding an hour-long format after season 4 was full of short episodes (some barely cross the 20 minute mark), [[WordOfGod the creator]] is [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-game/the-akils-answer-your-questions/10150129289511976 seriously considering the transition]]. Time will tell if season 5 and beyond plans to go that direction.
21st Jan '15 9:57:24 PM Iwishtologin
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* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Unfortunately, played straight when Tasha visits Malik's father, Chauncy. When Tasha visits his place one too many times, Chauncy's wife thinks he's cheating on her. When he runs outside and tries to explain that he didn't, she punches him in the face. He comes back, holding his left eye, and the LaughTrack comes on, portraying this as humorous.


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* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Unfortunately, played straight when Tasha visits Malik's father, Chauncy. When Tasha visits his place one too many times, Chauncy's wife thinks he's cheating on her. When he runs outside and tries to explain that he didn't, she punches him in the face. He comes back, holding his left eye, and the LaughTrack comes on, portraying this as humorous.
27th Sep '14 11:27:55 PM Mdumas43073
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Back in 2006, ''The Game'' was one of the first TV shows that debuted with the newly merged CW network. The series centers on a trio of football players who play for the San Diego Sabers, and the women who support them. Derwin Davis is the engaged rookie receiver who's trying to resist the temptation filled life the NFL offers, while veteran quarterback Malik Wright already indulged into those same perks by building his own strip club and sleeping with enough women to fill a personal library of amateur porn (no, really). Aging wide receiver Jason Pitts has already experienced his fair share of the high life, but with his years in the league being numbered, he’s obsessed with winning an NFL championship ring to escape his father’s shadow. Jason’s also determined to avoid bankruptcy that affected his father and indirectly, himself, even though his actions are placing a strain on his own family.

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Back in 2006, ''The Game'' was one of the first TV shows that debuted with the newly merged CW newly-merged Creator/TheCW network. The series centers on a trio of football players who play for the San Diego Sabers, and the women who support them. Derwin Davis is the engaged rookie receiver who's trying to resist the temptation filled life the NFL offers, while veteran quarterback Malik Wright already indulged into those same perks by building his own strip club and sleeping with enough women to fill a personal library of amateur porn (no, really). Aging wide receiver Jason Pitts has already experienced his fair share of the high life, but with his years in the league being numbered, he’s obsessed with winning an NFL championship ring to escape his father’s shadow. Jason’s also determined to avoid bankruptcy that affected his father and indirectly, himself, even though his actions are placing a strain on his own family.


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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The show's premise and characters were established in a season 6 episode of the Creator/{{UPN}} sitcom ''Series/{{Girlfriends}}'', in which Melanie is depicted as the cousin of that show's lead character Joan Clayton.
** TheOtherDarrin: The ''Girlfriends'' episode features different actors in the roles of Kelly and Jason Pitts. The parts would be recast when ''The Game'' was picked up as a series.
22nd Jun '14 10:40:25 PM ACondomFullOfCrisco
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Malik may be a womanizing bastard, but he draws the line at abusing women, and goes AboveTheInfluence when dealing with a grief-stricken Melanie.
11th Mar '14 7:28:10 PM dictatorsaurus
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Let's see: Derwin Davis is a superstar wide receiver, feuds with quarterbacks, wears #81, and is an alumnus of a Division 1 FCS school[[note]] Penn in this case [[/note]]. I wonder who has those same [[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/O/OwenTe00.htm qualities]].

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Let's see: Derwin Davis is a superstar wide receiver, feuds with quarterbacks, wears #81, and is an alumnus of a Division 1 FCS school[[note]] Penn in this case [[/note]]. I wonder Now, who has those same [[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/O/OwenTe00.htm qualities]].traits]]?
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