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The Sinbad Show
Genre Sitcom
Created by Sinbad
Written by Gary Apple
Michael Carrington
Ralph Farquhar
Sharon D. Johnson
Marc Sotkin
Michael J. Weithorn
Tom Whedon
Directed by Debbie Allen
Rob Schiller
Starring Sinbad
T. K. Carter
Erin Davis
Willie Norwood, Jr.
Hal Williams
Salma Hayek
Nancy Wilson
Rita Ghall
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (2 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Ralph Farquhar
Michael Jacobs
Gary Murphy
Marc Sotkin
Larry Strawther
Michael J. Weithorn
Producer(s) Michael Petok
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original channel FOX
Original run September 16, 1993 – April 21, 1994

The Sinbad Show is a short-lived American sitcom starring comedian Sinbad that premiered on September 16, 1993 on the FOX network. The show's main plot is about a bachelor taking in two orphaned children. Chuck Brown performed this sitcom's theme music. It was canceled after one season.



It follows the life of David Bryan (Sinbad), a carefree bachelor, who becomes a single parent when he adopts two orphaned children, Zana (Erin Davis) and L.J. Beckley (Ray J) who face several issues which they work through together.

The show follows David as he helps L.J and Zana deal with their new lives, L.J. dealing with school, friendships, girls and being a teenager, and Zana learning how to function in everyday life. Meanwhile, Clarence shares his antics and David's parents helping him deal with raising kids.



Character Played by Description
David Bryan Sinbad Dave is the father of the family. His friends often refer to him as "Red" and he is known for acting out flamboyant scenes for Zana and hitting on attractive women. He designs video games.
L.J Beckley Ray J
(credited as Willie Ray Norwood, Jr.)
L.J. is the older brother of Zana. He is 12 years old, but turns 13 in the duration of the show. He is one of the more sarcastic characters on the show. He often states he can look after himself, but wants Zana to be safe. He tries to control what Dave does for Zana. He doesn't do that well in school, and he gets tutored by Ms. Page. He is often very surly and disrespectful towards David and other authoritative figures.
Zana Beckley Erin Davis Zana is 6 years old, and has greatly depended on L.J. in the past. She loves David very much but is still insecure about moving away from him, due to her experiences with various foster homes.
Clarence Hall T.K. Carter Clarence works at the Big and Tall store, and has been friends with David since grade school. He is often teased about his difficulties with women, although he remains boastful about his exploits. He is known for his cluelessness.

Regular guests

  • Patrice Chanel — Claudette (2 episodes)
  • Trina McGee — Faith (2 episodes)
  • Michael Ralph — Leon (2 episodes)
  • Peter Brost — Young Leon (1 episode)


The Sinbad Show was cancelled after its first season, and aired its last episode on April 21, 1994. It aired at 8:30 p.m., following The Simpsons, Thursday nights on FOX. The series was one of several shows featuring predominately black casts that were canceled by FOX around the same time (others included Roc, South Central and In Living Color).[1] Activist Jesse Jackson protested the cancellations and called for a boycott of the network for their "institutional racism".[2] FOX maintained that the series were low rated and the decision to cancel was not racially motivated.[3]

Episode list

No. Episode title Airdate
1 Pilot September 16, 1993
2 "The Toothfairy Has Landed" September 23, 1993
3 "The Par-Tay" September 30, 1993
4 "Petty Larceny" October 7, 1993
5 "My Daughter's Keeper" October 14, 1993
6 "Strictly Business" October 21, 1993
7 "David's Van" November 4, 1993
8 "I Coulda Been the Man" November 11, 1993
9 "Shades of Acceptance" November 18, 1993
10 "It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To" December 9, 1993
11 "Breaking the Pattern" December 16, 1993
12 "Keep the Faith" January 6, 1994
13 "The Dog Episode" January 13, 1994
14 "David Goes Skiing" January 27, 1994
15 "The Mr. Science Show" February 3, 1994
16 "Black History Month" February 10, 1994
17 "The Telethon" March 3, 1994
18 "Neighborhood Watch" March 10, 1994
19 "Love Lessons" March 17, 1994
20 "Can We Talk?" March 22, 1994
21 "The Family Reunion" March 31, 1994
22 "Adoption (Part 1)" April 7, 1994
23 "Adoption (Part 2)" April 14, 1994
24 "Girls Unda-Hoodz" April 21, 1994
25 "In the Beginning" Never aired
26 "Pinch Sitter" Never aired


The show aired in syndication on the The Family Channel Monday to Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and weekend mornings at 11:30. It also aired on Disney Channel for a short time during the mid-90s.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1994 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Actor Under Ten in a Television Series or Show Erin Davis
1995 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor Sinbad


  1. ^ Zook, Kristal Brent (1999). Color by Fox: The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television. Oxford University Press US. pp. 11. ISBN 0-195-10612-1.  
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (1994-10-19). "Did Jackson Save FOX Series With Boycott Threat?". Retrieved 2008-12-12.  
  3. ^ Dines, Gail; McMahon Humez, Jean (2002). Gender, Race, and Class in Media. SAGE. pp. 590. ISBN 0-761-92261-X.  

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