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The Steve Harvey Show
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Opening title sequence for The Steve Harvey Show
Format Sitcom
Created by Winifred Hervey
Directed by Stan Lathan
Starring Steve Harvey
Cedric the Entertainer
Merlin Santana
William Lee Scott
Wendy Raquel Robinson
Terri J. Vaughn
Lori Beth Denberg
Tracy Vilar
Netfa Perry
Ariyan Johnson
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 123
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes (approx. 22 min)
Production company(s) Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (1996-1999)
Brad Grey Television (1999-2002)
Stan Lathan TV
Universal TV (1999-2001)
Winifred Hervey Productions
Broadcast
Original channel The WB
Original run August 25, 1996 – February 24, 2002
External links
Official website

The Steve Harvey Show (also known as Steve Harvey in syndication) is an American sitcom that aired for six seasons from August 25, 1996 to February 24, 2002 on The WB Television Network. It was directed by Stan Lathan.

Contents

Synopsis

Steve Hightower (Steve Harvey) is a has-been 1970s Funk legend who is now a music teacher/Vice-principal at Booker T. Washington High in Chicago. Budget cutbacks meant Steve also had to teach drama and art, much to his surprise. Cedric Robinson (Cedric the Entertainer) is a coach at the high school, and Steve's long-time best friend. The principal of Booker T. Washington High is Steve's former classmate, Regina Grier (Wendy Raquel Robinson), who Steve affectionately calls "Piggy", due to the fact that she was overweight as an adolescent.

Steve seemingly meets his match in a pair of his students: Romeo Santana (Merlin Santana), a stylish, popular, self-absorbed ladies' man, and the equally vacuous Stanley Kuznocki, nicknamed Bullethead (William Lee Scott).

In 1997, the show introduced a new character, a secretary named Lovita Jenkins (Terri J. Vaughn), a woman who is fundamentally good in nature, but nonetheless, considerably unrefined in terms of disposition. Cedric and Lovita begin dating, and eventually marry and produce a child. The show also featured a succession of young actresses who served as female foils to Romeo and Bullethead; the longest-lasting of these was Lori Beth Denberg as the overachieving, socially inept Lydia Gutman. Rapper The Lady of Rage also had a recurring role as Coretta Cox, a physically massive, brutish teenaged girl in romantic pursuit of Romeo.

Steve was part of a fictional singing group called "Steve Hightower and the High Tops," who would temporarily reunite to perform on occasion (the spelling of "High Tops" appears on a promotional poster that hangs on Steve's wall). The members consisted of Steve, T-Bone (played by T.K. Carter, later by Don 'D.C.' Curry), Pretty Tony (played by Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers), and Clyde (played by Jonathan Slocumb). Two of their signature songs (performed several times on the show) were "When the Funk Hits the Fan," and "Break Me Off a Piece of That Funk." Though Cedric was not an original member of the group, he usually sang with them on several events.

A few other recurring characters throughout the series included Cedric's grandmother named "Grandma Puddin'" (played by Cedric the Entertainer) and Regina's boyfriend, Warrington Steele (played by Dorien Wilson). Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell appeared in several episodes as "Junior" and "Vincent."

Running gags

There were a few recurrent gags throughout the series. For instance, Lovita had several relatives named after products or items (her brother's name was Duracell; she had cousins named "Kinko", "Bruschetta," "Clinique," and "Camay"). Cedric's love for decking out his Hyundai, which was never seen in the show, was another running gag. Steve also made several references to his well known hot spot The Nasty Kitty, even though we never actually saw the strip club. Steve's topical humor of popular culture was also another recurring gag. One example of these jokes: "When I see that woman, I'm like Shaq doing Shakespeare- I just don't know how to act!". Another recurring gag on the show was despite being a one-time famous musician in the universe of the show, Steve was always mistaken for being other famous musicians. For example, in an episode guest starring Jerry Springer, he refers to him as "That Cop from the Village People." Another episode featured singer Teena Marie, who mistook Steve for Lionel Richie. Though Regina blossomed into a beautiful, stylish lady, she sometimes displayed her insecurities, and was highly competitive (always displayed childlike exuberance whenever she won a trophy by yelling her signature catch phrase "Bam! In your face!", and once cheated Steve in a game of Scrabble because he played it better than she). In addition, the romantic tension between Steve and Regina eventually blossomed into a relationship, but they never actually kissed on the show. A very well known gag was Cedric's story about being from Willacoochee, Georgia, where he was raised in a one bedroom shack. The story was never finished, the scene would change or someone would interrupt him.

Cast

Series end

In 2001, Harvey decided to pursue other projects. He wished to end the show after the fifth season, but at the insistence of the WB network, reluctantly filmed a 13-episode sixth season.[1]

The series ended with Regina mulling over a job offer to be a principal at a private school in California. Steve, who doesn't want Regina to go, acts supportive despite his feelings. Regina ends up taking the job and with encouragement from Lydia, Bullethead, and Romeo, Steve decides to go after her to reveal his true feelings. Meanwhile, Cedric and Lovita win the lottery and Lovita goes into labor (Terri J. Vaughn's real-life pregnancy was written into the show that season).

Syndication and DVD release

In 2003, Sony Pictures released The Best of the Steve Harvey Show, Vol. 1, on Region 1 DVD. The disc features five episodes of the series.[2]

The series is syndicated and was on BET until March of 2009, and currently TBS in the United States, UK Channel Trouble and various local stations (such as WCIU and MeTV in Chicago). It was syndicated on Ion Television until March 16, 2009.

The show's title is often shortened to Steve Harvey in syndication. Reruns had return to *BET in 2010

2008 ALCS Game 6

TBS, which was the broadcaster for the 2008 American League Championship Series, experienced technical problems transmitting the start of Game 6 on October 18, 2008 between St. Petersburg, Florida to the network's master control in Atlanta. This forced the network to scramble for a replacement program during the technical difficulties (such as is the case usually in a rain delay), and instead of the game, for the first half-hour, viewers expecting baseball instead viewed an encore episode of Steve Harvey[3][4], much to the consternation of TBS's viewing audience [5][6].

Special guest appearances

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1996 NCLR Bravo Awards Nominated Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy Series Tracy Vilar
Nominated Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
1998 ALMA Award Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracy Vilar
Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
1999 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
1998 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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1999 Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Cedric the Entertainer
Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
2000 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Terri J. Vaughn
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Cedric the Entertainer
Won Outstanding Comedy Series
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Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
2001 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series William Lee Scott
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Terri J. Vaughn
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Cedric the Entertainer
Won Outstanding Comedy Series
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Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
2002 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Terri J. Vaughn
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Cedric the Entertainer
Won Outstanding Comedy Series
-
Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
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2003 Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Terri J. Vaughn

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