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[[caption-width-right:248:Thurgood Stubbs and other tenants of the projects]]''Once upon a time, in the projects...''

''[=The PJs=]'' (Short for "The Projects") was a show on FOX, produced and created by Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/LarryWilmore, and Steve Tompkins. The show centered around Thurgood Stubbs, the superintendent of a housing project in Detroit, who was voiced by Murphy. The show was somewhat unique at the time, using claymation when most animated primetime comedy shows still relied on more traditional animation methods. Lasted three seasons (1999-2001). Showed up on Creator/AdultSwim and Creator/{{BET}} for a few reruns before being taken off. However, all three seasons are on DVD.

Not to be confused with [[PajamaCladHero characters wearing PJs]].

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!!This stop motion animated series provides examples of:
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Just about every adult in the projects sans Muriel hates Thurgood's guts.
* BigEater: Juicy. In early episodes his mother has to affix a "Do Not Feed" sign on him when he goes out.
** Ironic, as both his parents are so fat they literally can't leave their apartment (though perhaps they were hoping he wouldn't reach their extreme state).
* ButtMonkey: Mr. Sanchez.
* CampGay: Tarnel
* CouchGag: The subtitle for the HUD building changes with every appearance.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Haiti Lady is always barefoot.
* EEqualsMCHammer: Actually written by Thurgood in an attempt to prepare for school. His second attempt read, "E=[=McNuggets=]"
* TheFaceless: The CorruptCorporateExecutive in "Miracle Cleaner On 134th Street".
** Also the recurring HUD-lady that is mean to Thurgood, but quite pleasant with Muriel.
* FatBestFriend
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Mrs. Avery having a stroke before she can reveal who receives the recently-vacant penthouse apartment. Her exclamation? "ShhhhhnnnnnnIT!"
** In "Bougie Nights" Thurgood says [[WinnieThePooh Tigga Please!]]
* GoldenSnitch: In the gumbo contest.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Haiti Lady. Whether or not her magic actually works varies by episode.
* LimitedWardrobe
* MadeOfIron: Mrs. Avery has a stroke at least OnceAnEpisode, and is still kicking.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Thurgood can never get resources he wants/needs out of the lady behind the window at the HUD. She [[VerbalTic always ends sentences]] to him with "'''NEXT!'''" even if there’s nobody in line behind him. The HUD Lady, however, is much nicer to Muriel.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Well, Jimmy's Asian. But he still fits the bill.
* RewindReplayRepeat: In "Operation: Gumbo Drop", Thurgood discovers that Muriel taped over his "happy tape" to film a documentary about the projects. When he realizes that the footage contains Juicy making his own Gumbo (Thurgood's main conflict in the episode), he decides to take advantage of this and use the tape to study Juicy's cooking methods.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: In one episode, Thurgood reminds his friends that "there's no 'I' in 'friendship'".
** And in another he leaves a director a note that says he won't get his "flim" back.
* RuleOfThree: Combined with InherentlyFunnyWords. Thurgood is [[ItMakesSenseInContext working on a stand up act]] and the book he got on how to be funny says things in threes are funny, as well as words with a hard k (like knish, tukas, fakakta). He logically assumes then that the funniest thing ever [[RefugeInAudacity is KKK]].
* SassyBlackWoman: Every woman in the cast, most notably Muriel's sister and the lady at HUD.
* ScaryBlackMan: The street thugs who were frequent antagonists.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Mrs. Avery.
* ShoutOut: [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Fry]] is shown as missing on a milk carton. This was a response to ''Futurama'' featuring the TitleCard manhole cover.
** Thurgood called one of the CorruptCorporateExecutive's bodyguards [[WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids Mushmouth]] when he's concern with people with big mouths.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Thurgood, from time to time.
* SoundEffectBleep: With a truck backing up.
* WhenEldersAttack: Florence Normandy Avery has shown time and again why you shouldn’t mess with her. She even has a gun, which Thurgood finds out the hard way.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It's never said what city they live in, all the police cars says Metro Police Department on them. The projects is modeled after Brewster-Douglas public housing projects in Detroit, and the city seems to be an Ambiguous mix of Detroit, Harlem, and Chicago. Mrs. Avery does mention Cook County in one episode, where Chicago is.
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