Alright, cut and print. Beautiful guys. Dynamite, that is...
(Marlon trashes the camera)
— Opening theme
The Wayans Bros. is a sitcom that aired on The WB from 1995 to 1999, staring real life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The series' premise is pretty simple: the two brothers live in a shared one-bedroom apartment in New York. Said apartment is above their father's restaurant, called "Pops' Joint", which the two would visit on occasion during the first season.In the second season, Pops moves his restaurant to the Neidermeyer Building, where Shawn manages to acquire a newspaper stand and works alongside Marlon. The rest of the series takes place here. The newspaper stand comes with a security guard (Lou in the second season, Dee for the remainder of the show) who becomes a close friend of theirs. The boys also move into a brownstone which still had one bedroom.The Wayans Bros. is generally a sitcom with the brothers getting into silly hijinks and trying to figure a way out of them. If you were a fan of The WB back in '90s, no doubt you were watching this.
This series provides examples of:
Acquired Situational Narcissism: Even though he always have been a bit arrogant, it happens to Marlon who, after embarking on a successful tour with Keith Sweat, acts like a total dick until he screws up and the play is cancelled.
Shawn as well in the Season 1 episode "I'm Too Sexy For My Brother," in which he steals Marlon's thunder and becomes a model. Of course, Shawn's then-girlfriend Lisa calls him out at the end.
Shawn (to Pops): You look like the Grinch that stole hip-hop!
Amusing Injuries: Some of the cold openings in the first season had Marlon electrocuted from fixing a toaster, burning alive from trying to cook french fries and having his head explode from blowing up the hundredth balloon for a party. Usually Shawn reacts nonchalantly about these situations.
Boxing Episode: Marlon fights Hot Pepper Lopez, who was played by real life boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho.
Brother Chuck: Shawn's girlfriend Lisa, Lou, Monique, White Mike, Dupree, T.C. and Pop's cook Bennie/Hop Sing.
Burger Fool: Shawn temporarily worked at a fast food restaurant to keep up with the rent since the newsstand burned down and was in need of repairs. Which was particularly embarrassing when an old teacher of his stopped by with her class and didn't believe him when he tried explaining why he was there. But everything got better though.
Butt Monkey: Just about all of the characters are this to some extent.
Celebrity Lie: While Shawn and Marlon did know Busta Rhymes, the rapper didn't like them because Shawn insulted Busta's girlfriend when they were kids. The brothers trick him into performing in a benefit to save Dee's church from foreclosure.
Continuity Nod: A second season episode had Pops mention that a Cajun restaurant ran by a rival cook named Rick had opened up across the street. This would be a plot point in the Season 5 episode "Romeo & Jeleta" where Shawn dates the rival's daughter.
The aforementioned "Three on a Couch" was filled to the brim with these.
Double Standard: Pointed out by Marlon in the episode "Ho's on the First," in which he dates a girl who, as the title suggests, really got around. He realizes how he and Shawn have dated a bunch of girls in their day and they never got called on it just because they're guys. He still loves her no matter what and sees that it's in the past, but his suspicions get the best of him and they break up.
Fake Band: Pops was once the lead singer of The Temptones. Their hit? "When My Love Goes Bang, Bang, Bang."
Flanderization: In earlier episodes, Marlon wasn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he still had a good degree of common sense and worldliness about him. In later episodes, not so much.
Flashback: Parodied. Marlon begins to have one when he and Shawn visit the house they grew up in. Complete with the harp music and rippling screen, until Shawn stops him momentarily and then joins with him as the flashback continues.
Loony Fan: Marlon (and later Shawn who goes to rescue him) is held hostage by a deranged fan.
Mistaken for Cheating: This happens to Pops when the brothers grow suspicious about him going out in the middle of the night in a suit. He was taking dancing lessons and he wanted to surprise his wife.
Mistaken for Dying: This also happens to Pops in "Pop's Last Hurrah." He was getting a checkup for his hemorrhoids, and was embarrassed to tell his sons.
Speaking of which, the brothers have a tendency to crack jokes at celebrity shortcomings.
No Ending: The show never got a proper series finale, something Shawn Wayans' character lampshades in the first Scary Movie.
The Other Wiki states that a script was written for a final episode and this happened: Pops gets rich from his chili recipe, retires to FL with his wife (who is finally revealed) and leaves the diner to TC. Marlon gets a starring role in a soap opera and moves to LA, Dee lands her dream job of being the head of security at Madison Square Garden where she personally oversees the Knicks locker room, and Shawn leaves the newsstand to be the first male model on America's Next Top Model.
The Rashomon: The episode "Fire!" No one is telling the truth.
Shout-Out: Done a few times, but the best example is in the episode "Unspoken Token" where Shawn dreams that he is on an episode of Good Times, in which the brothers have referenced a few times before.
Show Within a Show: In the later seasons, Marlon gets a job on the show Everybody Loves Everybody.
Take That: Several celebrity jabs made by the brothers.
Shawn:(talking about Marlon's passion for art) It's about as real as Michael Jackson's wedding. (cue laughter and graons from the audiences.)
"Unspoken Token" – Shawn gets a job at a company, but finds out that he was only hired so the company could meet the requirements of minority workers for a government contract. Shawn quits the job, but not before bringing in the man the company applied to for the contract. The twist? Turns out the man is black.
"The High Life" – Marlon meets one of his favorite actors, who turns out to be a drug addict. The actor persuades Marlon to smoke weed to calm himself before a big audition. Marlon gets high and blows his audition.