Chris Rock’s teenage years in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City are chronicled in the American television sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Despite the show’s setting in the 1980s, Rock was actually a young adult between 1978 and 1983 when it was filmed. Several episodes of the show were inspired by Rock’s childhood friend Kenny Montero. In numerous interviews, Rock has credited Kenny as the inspiration behind his decision to pursue a career in comedy. In the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Rock famously said: “Everybody loves Raymond, but everybody hates Chris!” The show’s title is a parody of that line. It stars Tyler James Williams, Terry Crews and Imani Hakim as well as Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, and Vincent Martella as the show’s leads. Everybody Hates Chris and The Game were demoted to the Friday night death slot on The CW in 2008. It all began on Friday, October 3rd at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central with the premiere of the series’ fourth season. Everybody Hates Chris was canceled by The CW on May 21st, 2009. When Rock announced that season 4 was coming to an end, it was a nod to his own past—having dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a comedian.
Everybody Hates Chris (2005) alternative movies: Front Cover, ABCs of Death (The Last Summer), Insectula (A Dog’s Journey) and Mozart in the Jungle (The ABCs of Death).
The following is a list of films that are similar to Everybody Hates Chris (2005):
1. Front Cover (2016)
To keep their Asian heritage hidden, one man works hard, while the other tries to keep their sexual orientation under wraps. When Ryan is hired to help film star Ning prepare for a fashion shoot, both of these things begin to change, and the two men form a connection.
2. The ABCs of Death (2013)
An ambitious anthology film showcasing the work of over two dozen of the industry’s top directors. The film is divided into 26 chapters, each directed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet, and is based on children’s educational ABC books. After that, the directors were free to come up with a story involving death using any word they wanted. THE ABC’s OF DEATH is a provocative, shocking, funny, and ultimately confrontational look at modern horror.
3. The Last Summer (2019)
The final summer before college finds several friends on the cusp of adulthood, forging new connections while revisiting old ones.
4. Insectula (2015)
The CO2 pollution attracts an enormous mosquito-like alien insect in search of blood. Dr. Kempler is enchanted by the creature and tries to help it cleanse the earth, while Del, a government agent, has lost loved ones to it and is now on a personal vendetta against it.
5. Mozart in the Jungle (2014)
As with “Kitchen Confidential,” and in the vein of “Dancing on My Grave,” this documentary takes an insider’s look at the world of classical music. Blair Tindall has played with some of the biggest names in classical music for twenty-five years, from her Carnegie Recital Hall debut to Broadway’s “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon” pits. Tindall now exposes the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of classical music’s insular musicians, conductors, and administrators in “Mozart in the Jungle.” Tindall.
6. A Dog’s Journey (2019)
A dog seeks meaning in the lives of humans he meets along the way.
7. Us (2019)
When Gabe and Adelaide Wilson bring their children to their beach house, they expect to unplug and relax with their friends. That’s not what they find. As the sun sets, their peace and tranquility are disturbed by some unexpected guests.