YMMV / Martin

YMMV tropes for the TV show:

  • Awesome Music: All three versions of the opening credits definitely qualifies.
  • Big Name Fan: The late Stuart Scott of ESPN compared to Rich Eisen's Seinfeld.
  • Designated Hero: Martin. He's loud, rude, confrontational, 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 mother like Mama Payne surely didn't and doesn't help anything), yet it barely excuses his actions.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the 1992 Halloween episode "The Night He Came Home," Martin jokes about it being a "dark and gloomy November...Bush got re-elected." This counts as being doubly hilarious; not only was it not to be in 1992, but it eventually ended up being completely accurate in 2004.
    • Also in the same episode, Tommy ends up possessed, although it was only just a prank he and the others were pulling on Martin and at one point yells out "I'M NOT TOMMY!"
    • Martin's radio station, WZUP (a play on Martin's Catch Phrase, "Wassup?!"), became 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).
    • One episode had Martin complaining that Charley Pride was the only black man in country music. Not only was that always 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.
  • Idiot Plot: "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 "increase by 5," they are getting evicted, there is no heat or water, neither Martin nor Gina bought groceries since "it was the other one's turn," they send 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 cannibalism...all because Martin refused to pay a five dollar rent increase.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: 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 Fox's flagship shows at the time (and even referenced to on other Fox shows such as The Simpsons and Married... with Children), during their 25th Anniversary Special in 2012, the show was overlooked completely. Meanwhile, the channel did at least acknowledge fellow 90s sitcom Living Single, which wasn't as well-known (or promoted) as this show was when they both were in production.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: 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
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jon Gries and Tracy Morgan appeared on the show before hitting it big.
  • Uncanny Valley: The later seasons' opening featured a dancing CGI Martin. It looked about like you'd expect for the time.

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