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[[caption-width-right:300:Starting from the left: Tonya, Drew, Greg, Chris, Rochelle, Julius.]]

-->''1982. That was the year I turned 13. Before I was a comedian, I thought the coolest thing that would happen to me'' ''was being a teenager. I was gonna have women, money, stay out late... I thought it was gonna be the bomb!''

-->''Boy, was I wrong!''\\
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''Everybody Hates Chris'' (2005-2009) is an American sitcom that is [[ArtisticLicense loosely]] based on the life of Creator/ChrisRock. Set in [[TheEighties the 1980s]], it revolves around the home and school life of Chris, featuring his easygoing, although money worrying, father Julius, [[SassyBlackWoman sassy]], if somewhat overreacting, mother Rochelle, younger brother Drew (who gets all the girls Chris can't), and "daddy's girl" sister Tonya. It also features the equally, if not more, [[ButtMonkey hapless]] Greg, Chris's best friend and confidant from school. The series is also [[NostalgicNarrator narrated]] by the humorous Rock looking back at his younger self, typically saying the opposite of what the younger Chris thinks.

Chris and his family live in Bedford-Stuyvesant, colloquially known as Bed-Stuy, primarily a black and Puerto Rican residence. It is home to many comedic recurring characters, including the aptly-named black market dealer Risky, Jerome (who always asks "the little dude from across the street" (Chris) to let him "[[{{Hustler}} hold a dollar]]"), "Doc", owner of the local grocery store, and Mr. Omar, a womanizing funeral director and later tenant to Julius and Rochelle.

Chris attends Corleone Junior High, and later Tattaglia High School, where he experiences racism from students and staff alike as the only black student in the school. His friend Greg is also a target of bullying, though to a far lesser degree. Joey Caruso is the racist school bully who is, ironically, obese and short like some of his victims. Ms. Morello, his naive teacher who's [[RaceFetish attracted to black men]], unintentionally makes racist remarks to Chris, who forces himself to ignore them or accept them as innocuous, while Rock [[DeadpanSnarker comments on them]]. Rock later [[CreatorCameo makes a cameo]] as Chris's guidance counselor.

Oh yeah and if you haven't guessed, the title a joke on ''Series/EveryoneLovesRaymond''.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AccidentalAthlete: Chris is recruited by the basketball coach who sees Chris shooting a wad of a paper into a trash can. Alongside the fact that Chris [[NationalStereotypes must be able to play basketball]], he has Chris join the team. Subverted when Chris fails horribly at the sport.
* TheAce: Drew is a very odd example in that he is Chris' younger brother but still the ace. He's a ladies man, learns martial arts by just watching TV, and otherwise all-around cool guy, something Chris just can't compete with.
* AdultsAreUseless
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: This is how Chris views his younger brother Drew.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Angel, an androgynous boy in Chris' home economics class. His sexuality is never stated outright, but it seems to be implied in his first episode.
--> '''Angel:''' "Oh Chris, hold me! I'm scared! (glomps Chris)
--> '''Chris:''' (weirded out) "So am I Angel."
** CampStraight[=/=]TheCharmer: He does use his good looks to charm a pair of girls at one point, though.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Tonya.
* AnyoneRememberPogs: Well, it ''is'' set in the '80s, so it's understandable that various fads, like SpinTheBottle and the Rubik's Cube, would make an appearance.
* ApronMatron: Rochelle, even though well-meaning, is a force you'd better not ignore if you value your life.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In-universe. Rochelle is remarked to be so incensed by and against the idea of Chris selling drugs that she'd overlook any other crimes committed.
-->'''Police Officer:''' "Ma'am, your son killed the governor, kidnapped his daughter, robbed the President and ran a red light."
-->'''Rochelle:''' Did he sell drugs?
-->'''Police Officer:''' No ma'am.
-->'''Rochelle (to Chris):''' Get in the house!
* AssShove: Chris inadvertently yells at his own mother, resulting in a ''very'' embarrassing incident [[CrowningMomentOfFunny with a shoe]].
* BabysitterFromHell: Yvette in "Everybody Hates the Babysitter". She seems nice at first, until she leaves and comes back with ''her'' baby, which is the beginning of her constant problem of never being in the house.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Chris initially didn't want to go out with Kelly in "Everbody Hates Big Bird" because she was tall, gangly, and nerdy-looking, but did it anyway so he wouldn't hurt her feelings. Because of the aforementioned attributes, everyone called her Big Bird. At the end, she got a total makeover. Needless to say, Chris felt like an idiot.
* BigLittleBrother: Drew is taller than Chris, much to Chris' dismay.
* BigManOnCampus: Drew. He may be in junior high school, but he's good at damn near everything he (and other people) does, can "get girls at 12 that [Chris] couldn't get until [he] was 30," and even had his class melt down in a frenzied panic when he was absent due to skipping school.
* BlandNameProduct: Julius buys Gravy Ways, M&N's, and Butterthumbs as a way to save money on Halloween candy in the "Everybody Hates Halloween" episode. Rochelle objects and throws it out, prompting Julius to tell her that she's thrown away $2.78 worth of candy and wasted $23.98 on the name brand candy that she bought instead.
** The family also uses Tussin as a cure-all for every type of ailment.
--->'''Tonya:''' Mom! Chris got hit by a bus!
--->[''Rochelle is seen grabbing her purse and an economy size bottle of Tussin as she runs out the door'']
** One episode also includes the epitome of this: generics that are so generic they are just black and white packaging with what's in it in block letters.
*** This is TruthInTelevision. In Australia at least, the 2 main generic products are Black & Gold, with [[http://samuelgordonstewart.com/2006/04/black-gold-change-their-label-design gold packaging and black letters]], and Home Brand, with [[http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2010/05/whe-we-buy-supermarket-house-brands-and-why-we-dont/ white packaging, black lettering and a red logo]].
**** In the southern United States as well. Always Save brand products are ALL in stark yellow packaging with the type of product in black lettering (from cigarettes to salt to even tampons). Best Choice is similar in black packaging with white lettering but at least has somewhat of a colorful logo.
** Also seen in the same episode is, as Chris' narration puts it...
--> '''Chris:''' That's right, "Cookie!" Not "cookie'''s'''", ''Cookie.'''"
** One episode featured Rochelle trying to get the kids into "Hansel and Gretel", an organization for upper-crust African-Americans, and a parody of the real life organization [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_and_Jill_of_America Jack and Jill]].
* BluffTheImpostor: Sort of in "Everybody Hates Basketball". Rochelle tells their new tenant (who she is afraid is a serial killer) that she heard he's from Chicago. When he says no, he's from Philly (and just says it's okay), she is suspicious because according to her, people from Philly can't shut up about it. [[spoiler: It turns out that he's wanted by the FBI.]]
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Tonya in later seasons.
* BreatheOnTheFan: Chris' father is so cheap that he even complains about how much electricity this stupid fan game uses.
* ButtMonkey: Chris, obviously. Also Greg to some extent.
* CaptainErsatz: The episode "Everybody Hates Homecoming," in which Chris hits it off with a girl named [[Series/TheCosbyShow Jenise Huckstable]]. She even has a doctor and a lawyer as parents, a dance intro sequence upon entrance to her house, and a laughtrack inside her living room. Clint Huckstable happens to like gaudy sweaters, sweet potato popsicles, and has a very distinctive voice, as well.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Basic formula for every episode.
* CatchPhrase:
** Jerome's "Little dude (from across the street)! Lemme hold a dollar!"
** Julius's "That's $X (and Y cents) worth of ______."
** Occasionally Rochelle's "I ain't raisin' no babies!" and "I don't need this! My man has TWO jobs!"
** Don't forget Greg's "You are so in there."
** And Mr. Omar's "Tragic."
** And Michael's "BIG MAAAN!"
* ComicallySmallBribe: Julius actually tries to bribe someone with a penny.
* CharacterDevelopment: Most notably Chris, though most of the other young characters qualify.
* ChekhovsGag: Julius gives Drew a Wayne ''Gritzky'' jersey in the episode "Everybody Hates the Buddy System." Then in the episode "Everybody Hates Gretzky," a couple of white guys try to steal Drew's jersey, but back off when they realize it's misspelled.
* ChickMagnet: Drew.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: The episode when Chris refuses to do the dishes when Rochelle. Like always, Chris's mom asks him to do it, but never makes Drew and Tonya do any chores, which he deems unfair and unreasonable. The entire episode, Chris and Rochelle are at odds with each other, with Julius trying to get both sides to meet in the middle (with Julius noting to Rochelle about how illogical her decision making can be, and that Chris has fair reason to be angry). In the end, Chris and Rochelle apologize, but Chris ''still'' winds up doing the dishes by episode's end while Drew and Tanya watch TV.
* ContentWarnings: Within the episode "Everybody Hates Fat Mike," for when Rochelle curses out Julius.
* CosmicPlaything: Chris, it's the entire premise of the show.
* CrapsackWorld: Pretty much how everything around Chris, and solely Chris, works.
* CrazyHomelessPeople: Kill Moves.
* DaddysGirl: Tonya.
* DeadpanSnarker: Chris Rock, as narrator.
** And when he guest starred as Chris's guidance counselor.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Julius: "You lost ten dollars?! [[CaptainObvious That's $10 worth of dollars!]]"
* DiabolusExMachina: Most of the time things do not end well for Chris. To the point where even when everything ''does'' end well, it took a ''dream'' to pull this off. Though there are some exceptions
** "Everbody Hates the Babysitter" ends with Chris deciding to rat out the horrible babysitter to his parents, and his mom preparing to beat her up.
** Another was the ChristmasEpisode, where even though Chris is in the hospital, his family visits him and the episode closes as they're opening their presents.
*** Though Chris' Christmas present from Julius was getting the gifts out of layaway. And he has to pay him back.
** There's also the new year's episode, Chris ''finally'' gets a kiss from Tasha, that ended pretty well aside from Rochelle getting upset at him over messing up her good luck charm or something like that.
** One episode ends with Rochelle screwing up. She still yells Chris' name, then sadly says "I know" when he points out he didn't do anything.
** He also got a pretty good ending in "Everybody Hates Sasuage" as he successfully tricked Caruso and his goons into attacking him in front of the principal, resulting in them all getting detention.
* TheDogBitesBack: Chris planned a diabolic revenge against Caruso in "Everybody Hates the Last Day". It not only worked (Caruso was punished for something he did not do) as also Chris told him "don't mess with me anymore". of course, it backfired at Chris in the end of the episode.
* DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff: Rochelle, who at one point manages to ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' put her shoe up Chris' ass.
* DoubleStandard: How the parents treat Drew and Tonya in contrast with how they treat Chris, how Ms. Morello treats Greg (for being white) in contrast with how she treats Chris (for being black), how Keisha treated Chris in contrast with how she treated Drew, and how come James received a full salary from Mr. Fong while Chris had taxes subtracted from his.
* DownerEnding: If the situation starts off fine, something goes wrong. If the situation is already bad enough, [[FromBadToWorse Chris is subjected to more torment.]]
** Also, the series finale has him dropping out of high school in the 10th grade after getting unfairly left back, to keep true to Chris Rock's real life. But considering how awesome Chris' life turned out after that, it's not so much of a DownerEnding.
* DrunkWithPower: Chris, in "Everybody Hates Hall Monitors."
* EducationMama: Rochelle towards her three kids, at least initially.
* EggSitting: In "Everybody Hates Eggs," Chris had to do this. The episode went from OhCrap to fine, but being ''Everybody Hates Chris...''
* TheEighties
** Averts [[TheSeventies the 1970s]] even though in real life, Chris Rock turned 13 in 1978; he has said that if he set the show in the '70s, everyone would have to wear afros and disco suits.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Apparently the one thing Risky won't sell is ''Playboy'' magazine, at least to kids (or, at least to Chris).
** And apparently the one crime that Rochelle couldn't forgive of her children is selling drugs.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: The opening credits depict a textbook cover that reads "Everybody Hates Trigonometry."
** "Everybody Hates Math" is even the title of one episode.
* EvilCounterpart: Albert to Chris in "Everybody Hates the New Kid.".
* EvolvingCredits: Subtle but each new season the opening slowly adds more movement. Compare Season 1 which just had still shots of the cast to Season 4 which had full on movement.
* ExactWords: In "Everybody Hates Bomb Threats," [[spoiler: Chris's teacher tells him he has to memorize a speech or else he'd fail the 10th grade. He never said anything about reciting it.]]
* ExitPursuedByABear: The endings of "Everybody Hates Blackie" and "Everybody Hates Fat Mike" involve Chris being chased by someone.
* {{Flanderization}}: In the first season, Ms. Morello's racist comments were naive and light. However, in every new season, they went on becoming more and more mean-spirited.
* ForceFeeding: Rochelle keeps trying to get Tonya to eat the sausage they got in bulk to no avail, eventually rather than make her do it the family have a heartwarming talk about it laughter which results in Tonya trying and liking it, [[spoiler: Or at least, that's what Chris showed us what he would have preferred happen instead of what actually did happen. Which was Rochelle losing it and jumping the table to physically force her daughter to eat the sausage so that her husband and sons had to restrain her while Tonya screams.]]
* FreakOut: Chris, who had trouble memorizing a speech in "Everybody Hates Bomb Threats" and would fail 10th grade if he didn't. Temporary, and played for laughs.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Eventually the opening credits started showing the sky for a half second with the clouds spelling, "Even the clouds hate Chris."
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: In "Everybody Hates the Babysitter", the babysitter is a teenage mother. Tonya tells the babysitter's mother "My mom told me she would kick me out if I had a baby 'cause she ain't raisin' no babies. Why didn't you kick her out?"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Well it ''is'' a family show, despite being a Chris Rock show.
** During one episode, Chris and Greg talked about [[GoshDangitToHeck plucking girls]]. Constantly.
** Also in another episode when Rochelle is talking with Sheila on the phone after the latter had a very cheap date, Rochelle says the man had better have "big feet"(I.E. have a large manhood) being that cheap.
* GilliganCut: Like in "Everybody Hates the First Kiss," when Greg suggests that Chris do "lip ups" to help him kiss better.
* GossipEvolution: In the first episode, Caruso beat the hell out of Chris, then he and his friends chased Chris down to beat him up some more, until he caught a bus. In "Everybody Hates Sausage," somehow that story got turned into various, escalating ones, ranging from Chris knocking out Caruso's teeth to Chris beating up his family and taking his house.
** In the Season 2 episode "Everybody Hates a Liar", Chris helps remove a mouse from [[GirlNextDoor Tasha]]'s room, and after the task is completed, a grateful Tasha gives him a peck on the cheek while they are outside after the event. Jerome sees them, and when Chris denies attempts to dissuade anything more with a "yeah, you know", word spreads through the neighborhood & their school and ranges from him kissing her to being her boyfriend to the point where Chris, whom has since been confronted by Tasha's grandmother (who confronted Rochelle) & his parents, had to declare to the whole neighborhood nothing actually happened. He even apologized to her grandmother personally, though it did little to convince her that he wasn't a hooligan, but at least Tasha finally forgave him.
* HeelFaceTurn: Malvo, in "Everybody Hates Ex-Cons." [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Until the very end of the episode. And then until he meets Peaches.]]]]
* HiddenDepths: Kill Moves. In the beginning, the audience knows him as a borderline-psychotic homeless man who knows deadly martial arts. [[spoiler:Later in the series, it's revealed that he was always savant-like, also has a talent for math, was an air traffic controller, and came from a wealthy family. However, when Reagan started downsizing and he lost his job, Kill Moves spiraled downward on a path of paranoia and schizophrenia and wandered the streets until [[TheFlintstones Gazoo]] [[SanitySlippage told him that he'd only find true happiness by living in a box.]]]]
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Rochelle is ''not'' a patient person and it shows. In turn, Rochelle's mother is heavily critical of her daughter. It is notable that most of the abuse is taken out on Chris in keeping with the "Chris can't catch a break" theme of the series.
* HypocriticalHumor: When the über-racist teacher/principal Ms. Morello calls Chris a racist for not wanting to stay in an all-white class at Tattaglia.
* {{Hustler}}: Jerome, and Risky.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title starts with "Everybody Hates."
* ImagineSpot: A main gimmick of the show. Most of them are from Chris's point of view,but every character has one occasionally.
* InnocentBigot: Ms. Morello is seemingly incapable of speaking to Chris without providing a cringe-worthy example of this. Examples include assuming his mother is a single parent, suggesting that he deliver a speech in front of the class as a rap, or giving Chris a ''brown'' egg when the class is doing a project that requires them to carry eggs around pretending that they are babies. Yikes.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: This is why Doc refused to invest in Sushi in "Everybody Hates Homecoming."
** And in "Everybody Hates Graduation," Julius declines to invest in the George Foreman Grill.
** In one episode, Chris' uncle who is always trying some get rich quick scheme is selling tapes from his car, and nobody wants to buy them. The tapes are of Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Public Enemy and a few big 90s rappers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Caruso.
* JerkassHasAPoint: When Tanya calls out their horrible babysitter for not taking care of them and leaving them.
* KarmaHoudini: Again, Caruso.
* LaserGuidedKarma: A good one happens to Caruso. In the episode, "Everybody Hates Sausage," Chris attempts to get revenge on Caruso for bullying him by attempting to throw a D sized battery at him, but he fails horribly when the battery misses Caruso and it breaks the school door, causing Chris to get put in detention for three days.[[spoiler: On the third day, Chris gets his revenge and succeeds by luring Caruso and two other boys near the principals office. Chris kicks the principal's door and then Caruso and the other boys throw batteries at him. The principal walks out of his office and sees the bullies attacking Chris and Caruso and the other two boys ends up in detention while Chris walks off Scott free.]]
* LaughTrack: Averted, except for a parody scene in "Everybody Hates Homecoming."
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the same episode, to boot.
*** And in "Everybody Hates the Ninth Grade Dance."
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: "Slava Slav?" Though [[UnfortunateImplications not all that lawyer friendly]], though the character isn't based that much on Flava Flav. It was a parody of rappers in general.
* LazyBum: ''My Uncle Michael was almost 40 and never had a job. He put the "um" in "bum."''
* LiteralAssKicking: Who knew that you could send your children through time and rewrite their DNA, with just the back of your hand?
** Or literally slap the black off your brother?
** Or, even closer to the trope name, literally put your shoe up your son's ass?
* LogicalFallacies: Pretty much all of Rochelle's justifications for anything.
** A particularly egregious example was when Rochelle was supposed to mail an envelope for Tonya so she could get a Billy Ocean poster. However, Rochelle forgets to mail the envelope and leaves it in her purse, opting instead to buy a poster from Risky. When that fails, Tonya kindly asks her mother for the envelope so she can mail it herself.
*** Chris Rock: ''My mother always did the best for us she could, [[LampshadeHanging even if it didn't make a bit of sense.]]''
* LovableCoward: ''There are "got your back" guys, and "I'll be back" guys. Greg was a "I'm running like a bitch" guy.''
* ManipulativeBitch: Tonya, and a particularly skilled one at that.
* MistakenForRacist: Caruso, by everyone, until the series finale. It is revealed that he only acted racist because he was jealous of Chris' intelligence.
** One episode does imply his family at home is in fact racist, however. It's possible Caruso could be slightly racist but plays it up to hide his aforementioned jealousy.
* MouthyKid: Tonya.
* MrExposition: The doctor who occasionally pops up on the show. However, he doesn't so much explain the plot as he does concepts related to the plot that the audience may not be familiar with, such as what the gout is or the causes of hypertension.
** And sometimes Chris Rock himself.
* NarrationEcho: Used all the time, often in the form of adult Chris pointing out what the worst thing would be for his younger self to say/do in a particular situation, only for his younger self to immediately say/do that exact thing. Occasionally it's more of a Narration IronicEcho when young Chris says/does the exact opposite.
* NeverTrustATrailer: pretty much the entire last season (last two?) had promos with things that just never happened in the episodes.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Everybody Hates Bomb Threats", it's revealed at the end that [[spoiler: Chris' fake bomb threat led the bomb squad to ignore ''another'' bomb threat... which resulted in '''a school being blown up'''.]]
* TheNicknamer: Jerome. All the neighborhood kids are some variation of "little dude" to him, Chris being "little dude from across the street."
** And Mike, to some extent. He always addresses Rochelle and Julius as "'Shelle" and "BIG MAN!!!"
*** Plus Caruso, who always refers to Chris as a different black person, real or fictional.
* NoEnding: [[spoiler: The series finale. Just as Chris asks for his GED scores, the screen goes black.]]
* NoNameGiven: Chris's family's name is intentionally not given, although it could be Rock it is not wholly accurate in its interpretation of Chris Rock's childhood. Mr. Omar even calls Chris's parents Mr. Julius and Ms. Rochelle [[UnnamedParent to avoid saying their surnames]].
** [=IMDb=] says it's Rock. Also, the episode 'Everybody Hates My Man' kind of confirms it - just listen closely to the announcer at the football game [[spoiler:when Chris is laid out immediately as he enters the field.]]
* NostalgicNarrator
* NothingButHits: The show thrives on this, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome especially its soundtrack,]] [[TropesAreNotBad though it's none the worse for it.]]
* NWordPrivileges: Early on Caruso uses the word on Chris, but it being Brooklyn Beach in the '80s, gets away with it. But according to the narration he "did the same at a Music/{{DMX}} concert twenty years later and got stomped."
* OhCrap: Chris in "Everybody Hates Bad Boys," after (inadvertently) yelling at his mother.
* OnlySaneMan: Chris fits this most of the time.
* PaintingTheMedium: Frequently, especially in "Everybody Hates Mother's Day" when Chris Rock and adult Tonya have an argument in the voiceover booth, while the camera pans between young Chris and Tonya respectively.
* PapaWolf: Julius handled his business when Malvo threatened Chris in "Everybody Hates Chain Snatching."
* PetTheDog: Well, cat, in Caruso's case.
* PoliceAreUseless: At least for blacks. Even in the first episode; one cop walks by while Caruso is beating the crap out of Chris, looks at them and keeps on walking.
* PlotHole: There is a huge timeline plot hole: the entire series is stated to cover five years of Chris's life (series premiere is in 1982 and series finale is in 1987). However, Chris passes 4 years at school (3 in Corleone and 1 in Tattaglia) and ages only two years (he is 13 in series premiere and 15 in series finale). Also Chris kisses Tasha in the reveillon from 1987 to 1988, but the later episodes are still in 1987.
* ProducePelting: In the episode "Everybody Hates Elections", Chris is running for class president and finds himself in a debate against his opponent (the biggest bully on campus). Chris is really liking how his opponent is winning over the crowd, so he starts emulating him. One line Chris likes is "_____ now, _____ tomorrow and _____ forever." Problem is, he fouls up and ends up saying "Detention now, detention tomorrow and detention forever.". Cue about 200 pounds of mainly lettuce and tomatoes, with lots of other fruit and veggies mixed in, being tossed right at him.
* PutOnABusToHell: Keisha moves away to Compton, California.
* RecurringRiff: "Everybody haa-aates Chriiis!"
* RepetitiveAudioGlitch: The very end of "Everybody Hates [=DJs=]."
* RunningGag: Several, [[OncePerEpisode some occurring more than others.]]
* SadistShow: [[YankTheDogsChain This]] [[ThisLoserIsYou show]] [[DiabolusExMachina is]] ''[[CrapsackWorld based]]'' [[AdultsAreUseless around]] [[DownerEnding this]] trope.
* SassyBlackWoman: Rochelle and Tonya.
* ScaryBlackMan: Averted with Julius, despite [[PlayingAgainstType his actor's previous roles]]; Rochelle is the real power in the household.
* SevenDirtyWords: Alluded to: "[[DeathGlare That look]] means all seven of the words you can't say on television, but because this is a family show, she can only say this."
** Chris actually listens to a George Carlin record with the seven dirty words in "Everybody Hates Dirty Jokes." Each word is rendered as its place on the list--for instance, the episode's final line is "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Number]] [[PrecisionFStrike three]]!"
* ShaggyDogStory: "Everybody Hates the Buddy System." The Principal tells Chris to hang out with Caruso in the hopes that Chris will understand why Caruso beats him up everyday. He pairs the two students together on a field trip, and purposely leaves them behind at a museum so they'd have to work together to find their way back to school. When Chris (predictably) learns nothing and reports back to the principal, the latter reassures the former that he did learn something after all: "You learned that I was wrong."
* ShellShockedVeteran: Monk.
* ShoutOut: The names of the schools in the series are [[Film/TheGodfather Corleone]] Junior High, [[SanfordAndSon Lamont Sanford]] Junior High and [[Film/TheGodfather Tattaglia]] High. The "Everybody Hates Homecoming" episode is one to ''TheCosbyShow''.
* SmokingIsCool: "Everybody Hates Being Cool."
* SnowballLie: In "Everybody Hates Bed-Stuy," Chris takes Doc's story about his romantic adventures and turns it into a story about a serial killer loose in the neighborhood, in order to turn in a good story for the school newspaper. Unfortunately, that story got relayed to local news outlets, and Chris was finally forced to kill it [[spoiler:when a cop had a gun to Julius's head.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: Caruso beating the crap out of Chris in the first episode with "Ebony and Ivory" in the background.
* SpoiledBrat: Tonya.
* StepfordSmiler: Rochelle, of all people, become this, when her father dies right at the dinner table from a heart attack.
* TheStoolPigeon: Tonya to her brothers.
* TeenPregnancy: Defied. Rochelle has ''zero'' tolerance for teenage mothers. Cue her catchphrase "I ain't takin' care of no babies!!"
* TemptingFate: Usually before everyone's schemes (especially Chris's) go wrong.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Chris.
* TimeshiftedActor: In a [[FollowTheLeader similar vein]] to TheWonderYears, this show follows Chris Rock's childhood.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Only a handful of teachers are shown repeatedly, Ms. Morello being the most shown.
* TokenWhite: Greg Wulliger.
* {{Troperiffic}}: With RaceTropes.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Doc's girlfriend takes over in "Everybody Hates Doc's."
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Although said to be based on Chris Rock's early life, there are major differences between the sitcom and what really happened.
* WeSellEverything: Risky, usually out of the trunk of his car or the inside of his jacket.
** Except ''Playboy''. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Booze, cigarettes, bets, and Plutonium, to the under-aged, but not Playboy.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In one episode, when Rochelle discovers she is one year younger than she thought she was, Drew even questions if her mother is even her mother, and Rochelle seems to be a little thoughtful about it. This is never brought again in the show.
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: Julius winds up with these whenever he buys tickets from Risky.
* YouWouldDoTheSameForMe: Not that the character ''did''...
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-->''[[RecurringRiff Everybody]] [[EveryEpisodeEnding haa-aaates]] [[TitleDrop Chriiiiis!]]''