Roc Emerson, a city garbage collector, balances the pressures of work with the everyday crises of family life in an effort to do what he thinks is best for his wife and kids. Most of the ... See full summary »

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Stan Daniels
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3   2   1  
1994   1993   1992   1991  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Charles S. Dutton ...  Roc Emerson 72 episodes, 1991-1994
Ella Joyce ...  Eleanor Emerson 72 episodes, 1991-1994
Rocky Carroll ...  Joey Emerson 72 episodes, 1991-1994
Carl Gordon ...  Andrew Emerson 72 episodes, 1991-1994
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Roc Emerson, a city garbage collector, balances the pressures of work with the everyday crises of family life in an effort to do what he thinks is best for his wife and kids. Most of the episodes were fairly typical sitcom storylines, but occasionally more serious topics, such as racism, were dealt with. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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During its second season, the show was presented live, enabling realistic performances from the main cast and breaking character between commercials and credits. See more »

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Featured in Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005) See more »

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One of the best 1990s sitcoms
16 March 2001 | by hillariSee all my reviews

This was an excellent show. It was like watching a play every week, as the cast members interacted perfectly with each other. It was free of the buffoonery and racial stereotypes that have permeated many other sitcoms with predominately African-American casts. In fact, the series premiered around the same time "Martin", another FOX sitcom did. Star Charles Dutton was very vocal about how it appeared that FOX promoted the buffoonery in the "Martin" show, while not giving enough attention to "Roc". "Roc" was one of few shows that focused on the lives of working class African-Americans.

Just like the equally excellent "Frank's Place" on CBS, "Roc" received critical praise but disappeared way too soon due to low ratings. It is not shown in reruns often, but please catch the episodes when they are. This is a real gem.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roc Live See more »

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Runtime:

| (72 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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