'Malcolm & Eddie' (1996-2000)
We can thank Full House creator Jeff Franklin his producing duties on Malcolm and Eddie, a show proving that opposites do attract. The fellas would wrestle almost everything from winning the lottery to mastering pool with the late Richard Pryor.
At the time, comedy duos relating to a younger audience were few and far in between, but their chemistry was almost organic as they threw jokes and insane scenarios back and forth. Luckily, episodes from season 2 can be found on Crackle.
'In the House' (1995-1999)
The sitcom, starring LL Cool J, Maia Campbell and Debbie Allen, was full of laughs and shenanigans. With LL taking a splash into acting, the then-rap star took on the role of former athlete Marion Hill who becomes a mammy to Jackie Warren’s (Allen) kids. The show shifted gears through its five seasons (and networks), but kept the central theme of family togetherness and quick wit.
The connection to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air also helped with the show’s central characters, due to Winfred Hervey’s creation of both shows. The series also helped project LL’s leap into more films and stretched out UPN’s long run of African-American series like The Steve Harvey Show, Sister, Sister and Moesha.
'Homeboys In Outer Space' (1996-1997)
The soldiers of fortune were made up of duo Ty (Flex Washington) and Morris (Darryl M.Bell,) who took odd jobs across the galaxy. Sure the premise was out there, but with sci-fi shows like Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek taking off, the good folks at UPN (now the CW) thought a parody of the genre would be a hit.
The series lasted one season and only five out of the 21 episodes are alive on the web. The guys are loveable losers and seem to find grief everywhere they turn. The show has landed on a few “worst” sitcoms lists over the years, but storylines like the people of the planet “Caucasia” viewing George Jefferson as a God earns a few laughs from us.