Blerdy Ish – 05: Why ‘Martin’ is Still One of the Best Shows of All Time

Posted on July 27, 2015

The hit sitcom Martin, running from 1992 to 1997, is one of those shows that is firmly embedded in the Black lexicon. From the catch phrases (“You go boy!”, “Player from the Himalayas”, “Get to steppin!”, etc.) to the memorable recurring characters (Bruh Man,Hustle Man, Ms. Geri, etc.) to the characters Martin himself brought to life (Sheneneh Jenkins, Roscoe, Jerome, Dragonfly Jones, etc.), the show built an impressive mythology for a 30 minute sitcom. In a short 5 seasons, Martin earned its place in history alongside the other landmark shows led by Black comedians and left its mark on the 90’s and millennial blerds everywhere.

Central to it all was the relationships between the series’ leads Martin, Gina, Pam, Tommy, and Cole. Their chemistry as a cast was perfect. Martin was always dissed for being short. Gina supposedly had an “apple head.” According to Martin, Pam couldn’t keep a man (a fact that was often misproven). Cole lived with his mama and had only bad ideas. And Tommy “ain’t got no job.” Takedowns of Pam’s beady beads and Martin’s ears are still stuff of legend. But through all the shade, they stayed the best of friends.

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