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->''"Once upon a time, in the projects..."''
-->--'''Narrator''' in the opening sequence.

''[=The PJs=]'' (Short for "The Projects") is a StopMotion television sitcom created by Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/LarryWilmore, and Steve Tompkins, and produced for Imagine Television and [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone Television]]. The show centers around Thurgood Stubbs (voiced by Murphy in the first two seasons, Phil Morris in the third season), the superintendent of a housing project in a fictional city modeled after Chicago. It is best remembered for its unique use of claymation[[note]]Courtesy of Will Vinton Studios, for which this was their swan song prior to their reformation as Laika.[[/note]] when most animated primetime shows still relied on hand-drawn animation. Unfortunately, it consequently ended up going over budget a couple of times, which ended up leading to its cancelation.

It lasted for two seasons on Creator/{{FOX}}, after which the show was canceled. Then, Creator/TheWB [[NetworkToTheRescue swooped]] [[ChannelHop in]] and gave the show one more season before it was canceled for good.

The third season of ''The [=PJs=]'' had a number of major changes in production, with the most notable being the recasting of Thurgood Stubbs due to Murphy leaving the series over contractual disputes, as well being involved in other projects at the time. Other notable changes include smaller production budget, outsourcing from Will Vinton Studios to Charged Productions, and Disney having no involvement in the third season, as they were uninterested in making a third season. As a consequence, the season was co-produced by The WB's production arm Creator/WarnerBrothers Television in Disney's place. Contractual problems caused Warner Bros. to relinquish the rights to the third season to Disney following the show's cancellation. Disney now owns all rights to ''The [=PJs=]'' as well as any elements pertaining to it.

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.
* AshesToCrashes: While demonstrating his new cleaning solution in "Miracle Cleaner on 134th Street", Thurgood intentionally dumps the ashes of Sanchez's late wife onto Sanchez's floor, then cleans them up with the solution.
-->'''Thurgood''': Don't you worry Sanchez, she's in a much cleaner place now.
* 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
* ClipShow: One episode served as one, with "Clip Show" even being the title. Notably, the episode wasn't aired until after the series' cancellation.
* CouchGag: The subtitle for the HUD building changes with every appearance.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}
* DagwoodSandwich: In the episode "A Hero Ain't Nothing But a Super" Thurgood contemplates eating one before compacting it to fit his mouth. But then he says. "Muriel, I think the mayonnaise has gone bad."
* DependingOnTheWriter:
** Sometimes the characters try to be upstanding citizens and hate being associated with ghetto stereotypes, and other times they happily embody those stereotypes to a T.
** Sometimes the tenants of the Hilton-Jacobs are a close knit group and other times they hate one another.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Haiti Lady is always barefoot.
* EconomyCast: The Hilton-Jacobs housing projects is a large, multi-story building that's part of a complex of three other buildings. And yet we never see anyone besides the dozen or so characters that make up the main cast.
* 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: Juicy.
* 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!]]
** When Thurgood is spooked by the sight of Smokie looking through the window in a spoof of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", he exclaims "That scared the [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner]] outta me!"
* GoldenSnitch: In the gumbo contest.
* HiddenDisdainReveal: In "Survival: In tha hood" Mrs. Avery goes into what seems to be a hours long rant over how she completely hates Calvin while mistaking Juicy for him.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Haiti Lady. Whether or not her magic actually works varies by episode. It works fine for quick gags, but not when it could affect the plot.
* InSeriesNickname: Several.
** Muriel calls Thurgood "Goodie" on occasion. The other tenants (and Smokey) refer to him as "Super."
** "Smokey" itself is one; his real name is Elister. Thurgood tends to call him "Crackhead", and called him "Mr. Crack" and "Mr. Crackhead" in early episodes.
** Garcelle Dupree, a Haitian [[HollywoodVoodoo mambo]], is usually referred to as "Haiti Lady", though she tends to take offense to that name.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Thurgood. It's not uncommon for him to ruin good opportunities for the other tenants just because it disagrees with him in some way.
** Played with in the episode where Muriel beats down a criminal (including [[AssShove shoving a hot comb up his ass]]) and has him arrested, but everyone thinks it was Thurgood. He goes along with it because the tenants are actually respecting him for the first time, but then the criminal's brother comes looking for revenge and kidnaps him. Muriel sees them but doesn't realize the situation, and casually brags about beating down that crook. Thurgood begs the brother not to listen to her and that ''he'' was the one who did it. She outshouts him...GilliganCut to her tied up along with him.
* JustForPun: Most of the episode titles, including "[[Series/HanginWithMrCooper Hangin' with Mr. Super]]", "[[{{Cliffhanger}} Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super]]", and "[[Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation National Buffoon's European Vacation]]".
* LighterAndSofter: By a ''very'' slim margin, but the show toned down quite a bit of its humor for its move to the WB in the third season.
* LimitedWardrobe
* MadeOfIron: Mrs. Avery has a stroke at least OnceAnEpisode, and is still kicking.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One-shot character Deke "The Physique" Van Owen, the ex-professional wrestler turned senator in "Let's Get Ready to Crumble", is based on Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
* 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.
** The Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Projects are named after the actor who played Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington on ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Thurgood, from time to time.
* SoundEffectBleep: With a truck backing up.
* ToBeContinuedRightNow: "Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super", a parody of {{Cliffhanger}} episodes, looks like it's about to end as one, with several different plot threads still needing to be resolved... only for the "[[OnTheNext scenes from next season's PJs]]" to end up resolving them all by way of exposition.
* 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.
* WhosOnFirst: The "Who's on Crack" routine from "The HJ's" episode:
-->'''Thurgood''': I'm trying to clean up this neighborhood, and I'm wondering if you could help me by pointing out some of the drug addicts.
-->'''Smokey''': Mm, okay, but uh, nowadays drug addicts have some pretty peculiar names.
-->'''Thurgood''': You mean nicknames.
-->'''Smokey''': Well, street names like uh, Who's on crack, Say What's on smack, and uh, I Don't Know freebases.
-->'''Thurgood''': Well do you know the fellows' names?
-->'''Smokey''': I said Who's on crack, Say What's on smack, and I Don't Know freebases.
-->'''Thurgood''': Well, who's on crack?
-->'''Smokey''': Yes.
-->'''Thurgood''': I mean, the fellow's name.
-->'''Smokey''': Who?
-->'''Thurgood''': The guy on crack!
-->'''Smokey''': Who?
-->'''Thurgood''': The crack addict!
-->'''Smokey''': Who is on crack.
-->'''Thurgood''': I don't know!
-->'''Smokey''': I don't know freebases.
-->'''Thurgood''': Who freebases?
-->'''Smokey''': No, who's on crack.
-->'''Thurgood''': Say what?
-->'''Smokey''': No, he's on smack.
-->'''Thurgood''': Who's on smack?
-->'''Smokey''': No, who's on crack.
-->'''Thurgood''': I don't know!
-->'''Smokey''': Freebase!
-->'''Thurgood''': Shut up, you damn stupid crackhead!
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