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The Game
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Mara Brock Akil
Starring Tia Mowry Hardrict
Brittany Daniel
Wendy Raquel Robinson
Pooch Hall
Coby Bell
Hosea Chanchez
Theme music composer Kurt Farquhar
Def Jef
James D. Joiner III
Composer(s) Kurt Farquhar
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 64 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Mara Brock Akil
Kelsey Grammer
Kenny Smith, Jr.
Producer(s) Dan Dugan
Editor(s) Travis G. Rendich
Timothy Mozer
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Paramount Network Television
Grammnet Productions
Happy Camper Productions
Distributor CBS Paramount Domestic Television
Original channel The CW
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01) – May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15)
Related shows Girlfriends

The Game is an American comedy-drama television series that was created by Mara Brock Akil and produced by Kelsey Grammer. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime schedule. Along with Runaway, it was one of only two series on the new network not to be inherited from either of its predecessor networks, The WB and UPN, during the network's first season. The series is a spinoff of the long-running UPN/CW sitcom, Girlfriends.

As The CW moved to make its schedule free of half-hour comedies, series creator Mara Brock Akil attempted to convince the network to air the series as an hour-long, single-camera series like the other shows on CW.[1] On May 20, 2009, Entertainment Weekly announced that the series was officially cancelled.[2]

On March 15, 2010, AOL Black Voices reported that cable channel BET struck a deal with The Games' parent company Paramount to develop new episodes of the show.[3]



With the growing success of Girlfriends, the series' creator and producers decided to capitalize on their success and create a second series that would serve as a spinoff. On April 17, 2006, an episode of Girlfriends focused on a young woman who decides to put her pending career plans on hold for the rising success of her star athlete boyfriend. The character, Melanie Barnett, was introduced in the episode as being the first cousin of Joan Clayton, Girlfriends' principal character.

The episode performed well and gained enough interest for The CW network to pick up the backdoor pilot as a new series for its fall 2006-07 primetime line-up. Originally, actress Renee Bruce was cast for the role of Melanie but was later replaced with Tia Mowry (of CBS Television Distribution's own Sister, Sister fame). Before debuting on The CW, more cast changes occurred. Aldis Hodge and Jennifer Baxter, both whom appeared in the pilot episode, were replaced by Pooch Hall and Brittany Daniel respectively. Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson were the remaining cast members.


Backdoor pilot

# Airdate Title Overview
133* April 17, 2006 The Game Joan Clayton tries to persuade her cousin, Melanie Barnett, to pursue her career in medical school instead of putting her life on hold for her boyfriend, waiting for his career to kick off.


As the series premieres, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) is a first-year medical school student who has given up an offer of admission to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore (widely regarded as one of the two best medical schools in the country) to follow her boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall), a professional football player, to San Diego, against the advice of her parents. Derwin Davis is a first-year rookie with a fictional team called the "San Diego Sabers". As Melanie settles into her new life, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), the mother of Sabers' starting quarterback Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez), and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the wife of Sabers' captain Jason Pitts (Coby Bell). As she learns to balance her new roles as both med student and the partner of a professional football player, Tasha and Kelly immediately warn her to keep a close eye on her boyfriend because of the numerous "gold diggers" who approach the professional football players.


  • Tia Mowry Hardrict as Melanie Barnett - Melanie Barnett is the show's main protagonist. Melanie Barnett is a medical student who gave up the chance to attend Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to move to San Diego with her boyfriend Derwin Davis. Melanie is the cousin of Los Angeles attorney-turned-restaurateur Joan Clayton. In the first season finale, Melanie breaks up with Derwin after overhearing that Derwin cheated on her with Drew Sidora. After Melanie ends her relationship with Derwin, she becomes involved with Jerome Rice and they date, until she breaks up with him in the season two finale, confessing she is still in love with Derwin. Throughout season two and three, Melanie struggles and goes through changes as she tries to repair her relationship with Derwin, and get her life together. In season three, Melanie becomes promiscuous, finally gets her white coat and begins work at the hospital and goes through rough patches with Derwin. In the season three finale, Melanie finally marries Derwin during a private ceremony.
  • Pooch Hall as Derwin Davis - Derwin Davis is a wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers and boyfriend of Melanie Barnett. Derwin cheats on Melanie with Drew Sidora in season one, and Melanie ends the relationship. In season two, after several failed attempts to win Melanie back, he begins to date other women for short periods of time, including Janay. He injures himself during a game thus, preventing him from playing. In the season two finale, he finds out his ex-girlfriend Janay is pregnant with his baby. In the season three finale, Derwin's son is born and he finally marries Melanie in a private ceremony.
  • Coby Bell as Jason Pitts - Jason Pitts is the ex-husband of Kelly Pitts, father of Brittany Pitts, captain and also wide receiver of the San Diego Sabers. When Kelly admitted to marrying him for the money, he eventually admits that he married Kelly because she was easy to impress and that he knew Kelly would worship him. In season two, Jason begins using steroids, and it eventually makes his performance better, but he quits when Kelly takes Brittany and leaves. In the season three finale, Jason gets arrested for hitting Kelly's ex-boyfriend, and leaves with his girlfriend Camille in the court room, rather than Kelly.
  • Brittany Daniel as Kelly Pitts - Kelly Pitts is the ex-wife of Jason Pitts, mother of Brittany Pitts, and President of the Sunbeams. Kelly and Jason met when she was a cheerleader and she married Jason. In the second season finale, Kelly leaves Jason after Jason tries to use her to get a contract. During season three she dates a couple of guys, but in the end she hoped her and Jason would get back together, but he leaves with his girlfriend Camille instead, leaving Kelly heartbroken.
  • Hosea Chanchez as Malik Wright- Malik El DeBarge Wright is the San Diego Sabers quarterback and the son of Tasha Mack. He considers himself a playboy and is quite cocky about it. He falls in love with Robin Givens and convinces her to marry him as a publicity stunt. In the beginning, he lived with his mom but eventually gets his own place for the purpose of being able to party every night. In the third season, he finally meets his father and meet his half sister Pucci whom he tries to help with her singing career.
  • Wendy Raquel Robinson as Latasha "Tasha" Mack - Tasha Mack is the mother of Malik Wright and starts off as his manager. Malik eventually fires Tasha. She started her own management company but then joined with Irv. In season three, she falls in love with Rick Fox whom also works for Irv. Tasha dumps Rick when Irv fires her and assumes Rick knew all along. In the season three finale, Rick comes back for Tasha, and they get back together.


  • Erica Gluck as Brittany Pitts - Daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts
  • Shanti Lowry as Dionne Marie Taylor - Derwin's publicist and Melanie's eventual roommate
  • Barry Floyd as Terrence (Tee-Tee) Carter - Malik's assistant and childhood friend
  • Rick Fox as himself - Tasha's co-worker and later love interest
  • P.J. Byrne as Irv Smiff - Owner of Irv Smiff Management
  • Robin Givens as herself - Malik's wife for a short period of time (married for publicity)
  • Drew Sidora as herself - Singer and one of Derwin's love interests
  • Gabrielle Dennis as Janay Brice - Derwin's ex-girlfriend and son's mother
  • Lee Majors as Coach Ross - Coach of the San Diego Sabers
  • Mehcad Brooks as Jerome - Melanie's ex-boyfriend
  • Kendra C. Johnson as Renee Royce - tv personality and one of Malik's love interests
  • Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Trey Wiggs - Melanie's college friend
  • Lashontae "Tae" Heckard as Jazz - San Diego Sabers groupie
  • Bumper Robinson as Juvon - San Diego Sabers football player
  • Lisa Tucker as Pucci Wright - Malik's half sister
  • Stacey Dash as Camille Rose - Jason's girlfriend sportscaster

Special guest appearances


U.S. Ratings

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of The Game on The CW:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Sunday 8:30 P.M. (2006)
Monday 9:30 P.M. (2006-2007)
October 1, 2006 May 14, 2007 2006-2007 #141[4] 2.3[4]
2 Monday 9:30 P.M. (2007-2008)
Sunday 9:00 P.M. (2008)
October 1, 2007 May 18, 2008 2007-2008 #196[5] 2.35[5]
3 Friday 8:30 P.M. (2008-2009) October 3, 2008 May 15, 2009 2008-2009 #174[6] 1.75[6]


In September 2006, writer Staci Robinson filed a $40 million lawsuit against the CW, CBS, Warner Brothers, and Grammnet Productions for copyright infringement. Robinson alleged that after she applied for a job as writer's assistant to series creator and executive producer, Mara Brock Akil in 2001, she sent her novel, Interceptions, to Akil. After receiving the novel, Robinson was interviewed for the job but later declined the position. Robinson further alleged that Akil and a CW screenwriter stole the idea from her novel to create the series. The suit was settled out of court under a non-disclosure agreement in September 2007.[7]


Syndicated reruns of The Game air on BET, as of February 16, 2009.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2007 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Kenny Smith, Jr. (For "The Trey Wiggs Episode")
2008 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Sara V. Finney (For "The Big Chill" episode)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
Won Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Erica Montolfo (For episode "White Coats and White Lies")
2009 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominated Comedy
2007 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Actress: Comedy Tia Mowry

DVD releases

Season Releases
The First Season
Set details Special features
  • 22 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • N/A Aspect Ratio
  • N/A Mins
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Includes the backdoor pilot episode from Girlfriends[8]
  • Rift and Separate
    • Interview with Mara Brock Akil
  • To Baby...Or Not To Baby
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • The Iceman Cometh
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • All-Star Blues
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • When the Chickens Comes To Roost (Parts 1 & 2)
    • Offseason interview with Mara Brock Akil

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Release date
 United States (Region 1)
September 1, 2009


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