Martin is an American sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions that aired for five seasons, from August 27, 1992 to May 1, 1997 on Fox. The show is both titled after and stars actor-comedian Martin Lawrence along with supporting characters Tichina Arnold, Thomas Mikal Ford, Carl Anthony Payne II, and Tisha Campbell.Reflecting the rising popularity of the Fox network throughout the 1990s, Martin was one of the network’s highest-rated shows during the sitcom’s five-season run. In contrast to the popularity of NBC’s “Must See TV” on Thursday nights in the 1990s, many African American and Latino viewers flocked to Fox’s Thursday night line-up of Martin, Living Single, and New York Undercover. In fact, these were the three highest-rated series among black households for the 1996–1997 season.
Season 3 – Episode 24
Gina is envious when Tommy and Pam plan to celebrate their six-month anniversary at a luxurious resort. When she complains to Martin about why they never do anything special, Martin takes Gina on a vacation to Chilligan’s Island, a dreadful and low-rate resort that was advertised on the back of a cereal box. As the two try to make the best of their stay, they inadvertantly run into Tommy and Pam who also are vacationing at the resort.
The episode was rated from 75 votes.
#2 – Checks, Lies, and Videotape
Season 1 – Episode 27
Martin and Gina try to expose a crooked preacher, Reverend Leon Lonnie Love, as a fraud, after he cons thousands of dollars from his church members, including Mama Payne. To do so, they decide to have Gina lure him to her apartment so she can elicit a confession out of him and then capture it on videotape.
The episode was rated from 80 votes.
#3 – Love is a Beach
Season 3 – Episode 27
Martin and Gina flee to the Bahamas with Tommy and Pam to escape their families constant bickering. As the couples make last minute preparations, Martin gets stuck in an elevator with Tommy, while Pam accidentally ruins Gina’s wedding gown. After the diasters have passed, Martin and Gina are free to take part in their long-awaited oceanside wedding.
The episode was rated from 30 votes.
#4 – Homeo & Juliet
Season 4 – Episode 21
Gina & Pam have taken roles in an upcoming play to help raise money for needy kids. Martin continually disrupts rehearsal because he doesn’t like the Olde English speech being used in the play. But everything comes to a head when Martin finds out the leading man will have to kiss the leading lady (Gina) during the play. He causes the leading man to fall and injure himself, leaving the actors without a leading man. Martin then has to improvise with his own “homeboy” interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.
The episode was rated from 41 votes.
#5 – Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with Martin
Season 1 – Episode 24
Tommy’s new girlfriend Shannon has an ex-lover that can’t seem to let her alone. Eventually he and his gang of thugs confront Tommy and beat him up. Martin and Cole go after this angry group of little people to avenge Tommy’s beating, by throwing their weight around and bullying the patrons in the little people’s bar. But in the end, they almost get beaten up themselves.
The episode was rated from 81 votes.
#6 – Ain’t Nuttin’ Goin’ on But the Rent
Season 3 – Episode 16
Martin becomes angry when his landlord, Mr. Lopez, increases his rent by 5%. As a result, Martin refuses to pay the rent which leads Mr. Lopez to send him an eviction notice, and also cut off the heat during a terrible blizzard. As Martin and the gang suffer through the weather together, Martin attempts to settle his dispute with Mr. Lopez but discovers the landlord in a compromising situation with another tenant’s wife. Martin informs Mr. Lopez that he will keep quiet only if Mr. Lopez reduces the rent and turns the heat back on.
The episode was rated from 87 votes.
#7 – I Don’t Have the Heart
Season 2 – Episode 23
Pam starts dating an older, wealthy man who eventually asks her to marry him. Initially, the gang was concerned about he and Pam, because of the age difference. But as time went by, they began to enjoy the perks that go along with being in the entourage of a wealthy industrialist: skybox tickets to games, New shoes for Martin, exotic trips to far away places. But once Pam breaks her engagement, Martin’s hope of winning fame and fortune are dashed.
The episode was rated from 68 votes.
#8 – Love is in Your Face (2)
Season 2 – Episode 19
With Gina out of his life, Martin reconsiders his decision to let her go to New York to move on with her life, and he sets out to win her back. (Part 2 of 2)
The episode was rated from 38 votes.
#9 – Hollywood Swinging (2)
Season 2 – Episode 12
In Los Angeles, Martin takes steps to ensure that he gets on Varnel Hill’s talk show. During a performance by Jodeci, Martin crashes the stage and tries to join the group in singing. Then on the street, Martin runs into Michael Jackson and gets beat down. Elsewhere, Pam believes that she has tracked down Denzel Washington.
The episode was rated from 75 votes.
#10 – Girlfriend
Season 3 – Episode 23
Gina’s conceited college friend comes to town. She’s so offensive that Martin and Pam call a truce in their never ending fights and team up to expose her lurid past. Later, Martin invites Monique to appear on his tv talk show, and he exposes her to all of Detroit.
The episode was rated from 62 votes.