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(1992–1997)

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By season five, Tisha Martin-Campbell filed a sexual harassment case against Martin Lawrence. Based on reports, Lawrence would make advances at her in addition to groping and kissing Campbell during rehearsals and filming, despite her repeated refusals. Over the years, his behavior became more manic and violent. Season five featured no shared scenes between the Martin and Gina characters. Additionally, Carl Anthony Payne II had personal issues with Lawrence. His character Cole did not appear in several episodes during the last season.
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The episode "Going For Mine" was a backdoor pilot for a spinoff series starring Tichina Arnold as Pamela James. The television series never came to fruition.
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Jeri Gray, who played Ms. Geri, passed away three months after the show ended.
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In the talent show episode, the song Gina performs, "Push," is a single that Tisha Campbell released.
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Thomas Mikal Ford, who plays Tommy Strawnn, was the only cast member to appear physically in every episode of the series during all five seasons, for 132 episodes.
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The series inspired rapper Big Sean's music video "Play No Games." Reginald Ballard and Martin Lawrence both make cameo appearances in the video.
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In "Martin: Homeo and Juliet (1996)," Martin makes mention of the girl from School Daze by Spike Lee being fine. Tisha Campbell-Martin played this character in the film. Additionally, in the episode where Kid 'n Play cameo, Sheneneh asks Kid if he would kiss her like he kissed the light-skinned girl in his movie 'House Party.' Tisha Campbell also played this character.
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In the episode where Gina loses her job, she and Martin argue about her redecorating their bedroom with the colors pink and green. Gina says they're her sorority colors, a reference to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - the nation's oldest black sorority.
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The titles of the second season episode titles are all variations of songs by members of the Jackson family.
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There's a poster on the wall for the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing (1989), in which Martin Lawrence played Cee.
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R&B singer Eric Bellinger recorded a song titled "Gina" for his 2015 album Cuffing Season. The song pays tribute to Martin and Gina's loving relationship and samples from the theme song. It also features lines from the episode "Pretty Ricky What they Called Him," where Martin describes Gina to Pretty Ricky at the high school reunion.
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In the episode featuring a game against the U.S. women's basketball team, Tommy's jersey reveals his last name is Strawnn, and not Strong as previously reported.
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In Martin's apartment for the first of couple seasons, he hung two rap music posters on his walls. One was the U.M.C.'s debut album Fruits of Nature and the other is Tupac Shakur's debut solo album 2PACALYPSE NOW.
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Whenever Brother Man from the Fifth Floor introduces himself, he only holds up four fingers.
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Prior to starring in Martin, Carl Anthony Payne and Tichina Arnold both made guest appearances on The Cosby Show. Thomas Mikal Ford and Tisha Campbell both made guest appearances on A Different World.
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The character Tommy Strawnn is the intellectual among Martin's peers, despite having a popularly unknown job. In the episode "Power to the People's Court," Tommy is summoned to court for a fender bender. Tommy states he is equipped to defend himself in court because he "spent one year in law school." Martin also mentions in earlier episodes that Tommy finished college, but his profession is unconfirmed.
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The character Tommy Ford is often the butt of jokes for not having a job. However, the series hints that Tommy worked for an organization similar to the Boys & Girls Club.
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In the episode when Gina told Pam, Lena Bozack (Kenya Moore) could be Miss USA. Kenya Moore was actually Miss USA in 1993.
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Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold previously worked together on 1986's Little Shop of Horrors as two of the three Greek Chorus girls.
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Gina Waters has a Master's degree in Public Relations, confirmed in season 3, episode 4.
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In the episode "Momma's Baby, Martin's Maybe," the actor who plays Buck White is seen answering the phone at Martin's job as another character.
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Rap group A Tribe Called Quest references Martin and Gina's relationship in the song "Find a Way."
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Martin Lawrence popularized the catchphrase "you go girl!" Lawrence originally used the phrase in his stand-up comedy routines prior to the television series. Martin Lawrence's production company was also called You Go Boy! Productions, and its title is seen during the end credits of each episode.
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Throughout the series, Pam jokes about Martin being short. Tichina Arnold is one inch shorter than Martin Lawrence in real life. She is 5'6" and he is 5'7".
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Martin Lawrence auditioned for a role on In Living Color but didn't get cast. Years later Tisha Campbell, who played his love interest on Martin, portrayed In Living Color star Damon Wayan's wife on his show My Wife and Kids.
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The song "Go Gina" from R&B singer SZA's CTRL album was inspired by Gina always seeming so corporate and hardworking and never allowing herself to relax and have fun.
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Thomas Mikal Ford died from a ruptured abdominal aneurysm on October 12, 2016 at the age of 52.
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Martin is often the butt of Pam's short jokes because of his height. However, Cole is actually an inch shorter than Martin. Cole is 5'6" while Martin is 5'7". Incidentally, Pam was the same height as Martin, while Gina stood 5'4". Tommy was the tallest of the cast at 6'4".
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Cole Brown works in facility maintenance at the Detroit airport.
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Martin Payne's Radio DJ handle at the radio station WZUP is "The Insane Martin Payne." On one episode, he referred to himself on air as "The Insane Profane Martin Payne."
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Garrett A. Morris, who played Martin's boss Stan Winters for the first three seasons, said his contract was not renewed for Martin by Martin Lawrence, meaning he was basically fired from Martin by Martin Lawrence. He stated in 2019 interviews with Netflix and TV One he did not receive a reason as to why he was terminated from Lawrence or the producers of the show. During the middle of shooting season 2 of Martin in 1994, Morris was shot in a robbery attempt in the South Central section of Los Angeles. The assailants grabbed him from behind but Morris reacted quickly as he is a first-degree black belt. One of the robbers fired two shots that hit Morris in his chest and stomach. According to the interviews, the relationship between Morris and Lawrence was fragile and there was often tension behind the scenes. A tragic incident appears to be what led to the final rift.
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Martin takes place in the city of Detroit, Michigan.
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Martin Lawrence plays a total of 10 characters: Martin Payne, Sheneneh Jenkins, Edna (Mama) Payne, Ol' Otis, Jerome, Roscoe, Dragonfly Jones, Bob, Elroy Preston, and King Beef.
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