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Wanda at Large
Genre Sitcom
Created by Lance Crouther
Les Firestein
Bruce Helford
Wanda Sykes
Written by Lance Crouther
Barton Dean
Les Firestein
Jennifer Fisher
Alyson Fouse
Brian Hargrove
Bruce Helford
Jack Lugar
Jack Kenny
Patrick Meighan
Sue Murphy
Dino Shorte
Wanda Sykes
Directed by John Blanchard
Gerry Cohen
Leonard R. Garner, Jr.
Katy Garretson
Shelley Jensen
Bob Koherr
Lee Shallat-Chemel
Starring Wanda Sykes
Phil Morris
Dale Godboldo
Tammy Lauren
Theme music composer Mathematics
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19 (5 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Les Firestein
Brian Hargrove
Bruce Helford
Jack Kenny
Deborah Oppenheimer
Producer(s) Michael Attanasio
Jennifer Fisher
Ernest Johnson
Lisa Koontz
Wanda Sykes
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel FOX
Original run 02010-03-26 March 26 – November 7, 2003 (2003-11-07)

Wanda at Large is an American sitcom that ran for two seasons on the FOX network in 2003. The series was created by and starred comedian Wanda Sykes.



Sykes starred as Wanda Hawkins, an outspoken standup comic who is chosen to be a correspondent on a Washington, D.C., political talk show. However, Wanda's mannerisms infuriate the show's moderators (Phil Morris and Ann Magnuson). At home, Wanda must manage her sister-in-law (Tammy Lauren), who is raising two children Holly (Jurnee Smollett), and Barris (Robert Bailey, Jr.). The show brought her stand-up comedy talents and opinions to the show.

Wanda at Large premiered on FOX on March 26, 2003, following American Idol. It gradually decreased in the ratings, premiering with 14.3 million viewers, and falling down to 10 million by the season finale. It still averaged 12.2 million for the six-episode season, however, making it the fourth highest-rated show on FOX that year out of 26, and leading FOX to renew the show. Its first-season finale aired in April 2003. In September, the show returned with new episodes in the Friday night death slot at 8:30, only to be canceled on November 7 along with the new show Luis. During an interview with the Urbanite Magazine at Georgia State University, Sykes explained that the show was only supposed to be on Friday night for an interim basis. According to Skyes, "We were told if the new night didn't work out, we would be moved to another timeslot. But, that's part of the game television execs play." She also admitted in a January 2004 interview that she wished that the series would have launched on UPN instead of FOX.[1]


  • Wanda Sykes – Wanda Hawkins
  • Dale Godboldo – Keith Townsend
  • Phil Morris – Bradley Grimes
  • Ann Magnuson – Star
  • Tammy Laure – Jenny Hawkins
  • Jurnee Smollett – Holly Hawkins
  • Robert Bailey, Jr. – Barris Hawkins


Reruns began airing regularly on July 5, 2006 on US cable channel TV One. A marathon aired on July 4 as part of the channel's "Power to the People" July 4 weekend celebration.



Season 1

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Pilot" March 26, 2003
1-2 "Death of a Councilman" April 2, 2003
1-3 "Wanda & Bradley" April 9, 2003
1-4 "Alma Mater" April 16, 2003
1-5 "King Rat" April 23, 2003
1-6 "Wanda's Party" April 30, 2003

Season 2

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
2-1 "The Favor" September 19, 2003
2-2 "Hurricane Hawkins" September 26, 2003
2-3 "Where's Roger" October 3, 2003
2-4 "Bradley Has a Friend" October 17, 2003
2-5 "Leave Your Daughter at Home Day" October 31, 2003
2-6 "Clowns to the Left of Me" October 31, 2003
2-7 "They Shoot Reporters, Don't They?" November 7, 2003
2-8 "Back to the Club" November 7, 2003
2-9 "Twas the Knife Before Christmas" Unaired
2-10 "Only Built for Cuban Wandas" Unaired
2-11 "Plane Trip" Unaired
2-12 "The Unnatural" Unaired
2-13 "Did Wanda Say a 4-Letter Word?" Unaired

* The unaired episodes were aired for the first time on TVOne on July 4, 2006 during the 4th of July launch marathon of the series.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2004 BET Comedy Awards Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Wanda Sykes
Outstanding Comedy Series
Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Wanda Skyes
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star - Female Wanda Sykes
Choice TV Breakout Show
Choice TV Actress - Comedy Wanda Sykes


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