History YMMV / Martin

20th Mar '18 4:07:32 AM Erin582
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* TheScrappy: Shanise, Cole's girlfriend [[spoiler: and eventual fiancée]] from season five. She was even ''dumber than Cole'' and her jokes were way too obvious, making them painfully unfunny.
17th Feb '18 5:27:28 AM PF
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* OvershadowedByControversy: The show is more known now for Martin Lawrence's drug use and his alleged sexual harassment of Tisha Campbell. The final season shows how much tension there was behind the scenes and the quality of the show suffered for it.

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* OvershadowedByControversy: The show is more known now for Martin Lawrence's drug use and his alleged sexual harassment of Tisha Campbell. The final season shows how much tension there was behind the scenes and the quality of the show suffered for because of it.



* UncannyValley: The later seasons' opening featured a dancing CGI Martin. It looked about like you'd expect for the time.

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* UncannyValley: The later seasons' opening featured a dancing CGI Martin. It looked looks about like you'd expect for the time.
17th Feb '18 5:21:37 AM PF
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* AwesomeMusic: All three versions of [[https://youtu.be/kF4H5vZ-Km4 the]] [[https://youtu.be/LICew-bwFHM opening]] [[https://youtu.be/bjImwACuh7w credits]] definitely qualifies.
* DesignatedHero: Martin. He's loud, rude, confrontational, [[NeverMyFault unable to accept responsibility for his actions]], and not always the most loyal of friends. Granted, it's shown many times that he's a ''very'' insecure person (plus having a [[MamaBear mother like]] [[MyBelovedSmother Mama Payne]] surely didn't and doesn't help anything), yet it barely excuses his actions.
* HarsherInHindsight: Watching the "Why Can't We Be Friends?" two-parter is now this after the death of Thomas Mikal Ford in 2016 from a stomach aneurysm.
* HilariousInHindsight: In the 1992 Halloween episode "The Night He Came Home," Martin jokes about it being a "dark and gloomy November...[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] got re-elected." This counts as being doubly hilarious; not only was it not to be in 1992, but it eventually ended up [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush being completely accurate in 2004]].
** Also in the same episode, Tommy ends up [[spoiler:possessed, although it was only just a prank he and the others were pulling on Martin]] and at one point yells out ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} "I'M NOT TOMMY!"]]''
** Martin's radio station, WZUP (a play on Martin's CatchPhrase, "Wassup?!"), became [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] in 2011 when La Grange, North Carolina made an actual WZUP radio station (albeit it's Spanish-language instead of R&B/Hip-Hop).
*** ''Then'' there is the matter of Martin's CatchPhrase itself, which [[https://youtu.be/JJmqCKtJnxM became pretty popular]] ([[SeinfeldIsUnfunny if not infamous]]) a few years after the show ended.
** One episode had Martin complaining that Charley Pride was the only black man in country music. Not only was that always [[Music/ChuckBerry untrue]], but Darius Rucker, previously of Hootie and the Blowfish, has made quite a name for himself in the genre, even winning both a Grammy and a CMA Award.
* IdiotPlot: "Nuttin' Goin' On But The Rent" is possibly the best example in the whole series. The gang is in a snowstorm in which, since Martin didn't pay the rent due to its "[[ExactWords increase by 5]]," they are getting evicted, there is no heat or water, neither Martin nor Gina bought groceries since "[[NeverMyFault it was the other one's turn]]," they send [[ButtMonkey Cole]] out to a pizza place ''in the middle of said snowstorm'', Martin turns away Hustle Man's food because of his {{pride}}, Cole and the pizza are frozen (and the pizza even '''shatters'''), and they even contemplate [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]]...[[spoiler:all because Martin refused to pay a five ''dollar'' rent increase]].
* OvershadowedByControversy: Lawrence's drug use and his alleged sexual harassment of Tisha Campbell. The last season shows how much tension there was behind the scenes and the quality of the show sadly suffered for it. Even worse, despite the show being one of Creator/{{Fox}}'s flagship shows at the time (and even referenced to on other Fox shows such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''), during their 25th Anniversary Special in 2012, the show was overlooked completely. Meanwhile, the channel did at least acknowledge fellow 90s sitcom ''Series/LivingSingle'', which wasn't as well-known (or promoted) as this show was when they both were in production.

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* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: All three versions of [[https://youtu.be/kF4H5vZ-Km4 the]] [[https://youtu.be/LICew-bwFHM opening]] [[https://youtu.be/bjImwACuh7w credits]] definitely qualifies.
* DesignatedHero: Martin. He's loud, rude, confrontational, [[NeverMyFault unable to accept responsibility for his actions]], and not always the most loyal of friends. Granted, it's shown many times that he's a ''very'' insecure person (plus person,[[note]]Plus having a [[MamaBear mother like]] [[MyBelovedSmother Mama Payne]] surely didn't and doesn't help anything), anything.[[/note]] yet it barely excuses his actions.
* HarsherInHindsight: Watching the "Why Can't We Be Friends?" two-parter is now this after the death of Thomas Mikal Ford died in 2016 from a stomach aneurysm.
* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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In the 1992 Halloween episode "The Night He Came Home," Martin jokes about it being a "dark and gloomy November...[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] got re-elected." This counts as being doubly hilarious; not only was it not to be in 1992, but it eventually ended up [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush being completely accurate in 2004]].
**
2004]]. Also in the same episode, Tommy ends up [[spoiler:possessed, although it was only just a prank he and the others were pulling on Martin]] and at one point yells out ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} "I'M NOT TOMMY!"]]''
** Martin's radio station, WZUP (a WZUP, a play on Martin's CatchPhrase, "Wassup?!"), "Wassup?!", became [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] in 2011 when La Grange, North Carolina made an actual WZUP radio station (albeit station.[[note]]Albeit it's Spanish-language Spanish language instead of R&B/Hip-Hop).
*** ''Then'' there is the matter of
R&B/hip-hop.[[/note]]
**
Martin's CatchPhrase itself, CatchPhrase, which [[https://youtu.be/JJmqCKtJnxM became pretty popular]] ([[SeinfeldIsUnfunny popular]], [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny if not infamous]]) infamous]], a few years after the show ended.
** One episode had has Martin complaining that Charley Pride was the only black man in country music. Not only was that always [[Music/ChuckBerry untrue]], but Darius Rucker, previously of Hootie and the Blowfish, has made quite a name for himself in the genre, even winning both a Grammy and a CMA Award.
* IdiotPlot: "Nuttin' Goin' On But The Rent" is possibly on but the best example in the whole series. Rent". The gang is in a snowstorm in which, since Martin didn't pay the rent due to its "[[ExactWords increase by 5]]," they are getting evicted, there is no heat or water, neither Martin nor Gina bought groceries since "[[NeverMyFault it was the other one's turn]]," they send [[ButtMonkey Cole]] out to a pizza place ''in the middle of said snowstorm'', Martin turns away Hustle Man's food because of his {{pride}}, Cole and the pizza are frozen (and the pizza even '''shatters'''), frozen, and they even contemplate [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibalism]]...[[spoiler:all because Martin refused to pay a ''a five ''dollar'' dollar'' rent increase]].
* OvershadowedByControversy: The show is more known now for Martin Lawrence's drug use and his alleged sexual harassment of Tisha Campbell. The last final season shows how much tension there was behind the scenes and the quality of the show sadly suffered for it. Even worse, despite the show being one of Creator/{{Fox}}'s flagship shows at the time (and even referenced to on other Fox shows such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''), during their 25th Anniversary Special in 2012, the show was overlooked completely. Meanwhile, the channel did at least acknowledge fellow 90s sitcom ''Series/LivingSingle'', which wasn't as well-known (or promoted) as this show was when they both were in production.
25th Jul '17 1:05:32 PM creader
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!! YMMV tropes for the TV show:

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* BigNameFan: The late Stuart Scott of ESPN compared to Rich Eisen's ''Seinfeld''.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Because of the backstage tensions between Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell (the actress who played Gina), a lot of the later season episodes were written so that Martin and Gina don't appear in any scenes together



!! YMMW tropes for the Romero film:

* RealLifeRelative: Christine is played by George Romero's future wife Christine. Also a case of TheDanza.

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!! YMMW !!YMMW tropes for the Romero film:

* RealLifeRelative: Christine is played by George Romero's future wife Christine. Also a case of TheDanza.
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21st Jul '17 10:50:25 AM AnotherGuy
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!! YMMW tropes for the Romero film:

* RealLifeRelative: Christine is played by George Romero's future wife Christine. Also a case of TheDanza.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: [[spoiler: While Cuda is an abusive jerk, Martin is still a serial killer that has murdered many, many people. It's hard to completely fault him for the staking, as sympathetic as Martin is.]]
15th Dec '16 5:48:57 AM Erin582
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* HarsherInHindsight: Watching the "Why Can't We Be Friends?" two-parter is now this after the death of Thomas Mikal Ford in 2016 from a stomach aneurysm.
30th Aug '16 3:31:19 PM WillBGood
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!! YMMV tropes for the TV show:
10th Jul '16 6:49:35 PM lledsmar
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* BigNameFan: The late Stuart Scott of ESPN compared to Rich Eisen's ''Seinfeld''.
10th Jul '16 6:46:54 PM lledsmar
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Because of the backstage tensions between Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell (the actress who played Gina), a lot of the later season episodes were written so that Martin and Gina don't appear in any scenes together
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