All About the Andersons

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 16

    Face the Music

    Aired 2/12/04

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    Into the Woods

    Aired 2/5/04

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Time Bandit

    Aired 1/29/04

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Home Movie

    Aired 1/22/04

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    One Flew Over the Kai-Kai's Nest

    Aired 1/15/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony Anderson

    Anthony Anderson

  • John Amos

    Joe Anderson

  • Aimee Garcia

    Lydia Serrano

  • Roz Ryan

    Flo Anderson

  • Damani Roberts

    Tuga Anderson

  • show Description
  • Comedy sensation Anthony Anderson (Barbershop, Me, Myself & Irene, Big Momma's House, Life) brings his unique brand of humor to The WB in a new multi-ethnic comedy. Anthony plays a struggling actor and single dad trying to provide a stable environment for his 8-year-old son, Tuga (newcomer Damani Roberts). Anthony soon learns that it's hard to come back home. Even though he has the love and support of his mother Flo (Roz Ryan, Amen), Anthony constantly clashes with his cantankerous father Joe (John Amos, Good Times, The West Wing). Joe has never understood his son's dream of becoming an actor. He wants Anthony to abandon his hopes and take a "real job" working in the family beauty salon/barber shop. Joe is not above using extreme measures to keep his son from "freeloading." Locking the refrigerator, rationing electricity, and charging Anthony rent to sleep in the garage are all part of Joe's eccentric plan to help Anthony grow up. To complicate things even further, Anthony's old room is being rented out to a medical student, whom Joe sees as the "successful white son he's never had." One bright spot in Anthony's new life at his parents' house is the family's 18-year-old Latina neighbor Lydia (Aimee Garcia, Greetings From Tucson). Lydia not only supports Anthony's plans to become an actor, she also loves to hang out with the family and to babysit Tuga. With his acting career going nowhere, Anthony is torn between providing for his son and teaching him about determination. He is almost convinced that he must put his acting ambitions on hold and give in to Joe's demands that he change the direction of his life. It takes Tuga to remind him that, aside from each other, their dreams are all they have. This semi-autobiographical comedy about fathers and sons is from actor/producer Anthony Anderson, writer/producer Adam Glass, executive producer Marco Pennette (Caroline in the City) and executive producer/director James Widdoes (Reba, My Wife and Kids) for Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. (From TheWB.com Press Release) Theme Song: They Say the Apple Don't Fall too Far from the Tree Who Ever Came up With that One Must've Not Heard About Me Papa Used to Say he Could'nt Understand Mama Must've Been Spending Time with the Milkman Puttin' One Foot in Front of the Other Just Step By Step and Day by Day You Can't Stop the Brothermoreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (45)

    • Joe (to Flo): This 250 pound boomerang is back for good.

    • Anthony: Yeah, I have lost a little weight. Joe: Yeah, well look behind you, you'll find it.

    • Joe (to Anthony): Don't you go slamming doors in my house! (He then slams the front door.)

    • Anthony (to Flo about his father, Joe): You better hope he never needs a kidney.

    • Anthony (to Audtioner): I'm not the damn janitor. I'm here to audition... for the role of the janitor.

    • Anthony (to Flo): Mom, out of all the men you dated none of them measured up to pop?

    • Flo (to Anthony): Anthony, baby, the last 6 months have been terrible for you and I'm talking Whitney Houston terrible. Now you're going on this date, you deserve it.

    • Joe (to Tuga): Ugh, Tuga go get your videotape. Pop-pop will watch Shrek with you. (to himself) Eddie Murphy as a donkey. Why does the brother got to be the ass? Joe (to Anthony): Sounds like Eddie Murphy isn't the only ass, huh?

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    Notes (21)

    • The original pilot was taped on March 28, 2003, before being picked up by the network two months later.

    • In the original pilot the role of George Rush was originally played by stage actor Paul Bartholomew. Due to some concerns the actor was replaced with Kal Penn who now plays him, but only as a guest star in the pilot.

    • This series is based on Anthony Andersons real-life.

    • Aimee Garcia previusly starred in the short-lived WB comedy Greetings from Tucson before being cast in All About the Andersons.

    • It's quite clear the to see that the sets look a little different from the pilot, which filmed many months before when the show was picked up.

    • This episode was taped on August 8, 2003.

    • This episode was taped on August 15, 2003.

    • This episode was taped on August 22, 2003.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Joe: That kangaroo is an actor! This is a reference to the 2003 film Kangaroo Jack which starred Anthony Anderson.

    • Flo: Well, this week we were supposed to read Memoirs of a Geisha..." Memoirs of a Geisha is a best seller book about the memoirs of a Chinese woman and her difficult life.

    • Tuga: What's a prostate? Tuga asks his father on what's a prostate. The prostate is a part of a male's genitalia, an area that can be examined to determine if a person has cancer.

    • Anthony: This isn't so bad. It's just to tell me there's a PTA meeting tomorrow. Anthony is reading a note from Tuga's school inviting him to a PTA meeting. PTA is short for Parent Teacher's Conference where parents of students come together at night to talk about children and school academics and other issues.

    • Title: One Flew Over the Kai-Kai's Nest This is a direct allusion to the 1975 movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, wich starred Jack Nicholson.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • He calls him after coming home with her.

    By dawhiteninja, Jun 24, 2006

  • This show was "like totally" boring

    By krazikoolguy, Sep 25, 2005

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