Everybody Hates Chris

Season 1 Episode 1

Everybody Hates the Pilot

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2005 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, the outcome singing of "Everybody Hates Chris" is not featured in this episode or half the episodes in season 1 for that matter.

    • Tichina Arnold composed a theme song for the show and recorded it with 2 of her friends. However, Ali LeRoi and Chris Rock already had some themes in mind, so they kept the ending of it to put in at the end of episodes and before commercial breaks.

    • Goofs: When Chris is in a local store, a new version of the Cheetos brand bag is visible when the show takes place years before the bag change.

    • Chris Rock and Terry Crews previously starred together in the movie The Longest Yard.

    • This episode was awarded the Best TV Show of the Week award by the Parents Television Council. Click Here.

    • "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder - the song playing while everyone is loading up the van just after the opening credits.

    • This episode scored the highest ever rating for a comedy premiere on UPN and the third best rating for any program (behind the premieres of Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise) on the network

    • "It's Like That" by Run-DMC - the music that's playing from someone's stereo when the family arrive at their new home.

    • GOOF: When Chris gets on the bus and the driver closes the double doors behind him there is a ginger haired boy banging on the right hand door and a dark haired boy banging on the left hand door. The camera cuts to the angle of the driver as he shouts at them to go away, but when the camera cuts back very quickly: the two boys have swapped places!

    • "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang was the song playing at the close of the episode.

    • "Ebony and Ivory" by Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder - the song playing while Chris and Joey are fighting.

    • "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police is the music playing in the background when the old principal is being arrested.

    • "Apache" by The Sugarhill Gang - the music playing when Chris is partying in a club.

    • The Budget is a reputed $2 million.

  • Quotes

    • Chris: (narrating) Much like rock 'n' roll, school-shootings were started by blacks and stolen by the white men.

    • Rochelle:(screaming) Chris!
      Chris:(Narrating) My mom was so loud, every Chris in Brooklyn could hear her.

    • Rochelle: If I ever catch any of y'all spray-paintin' on anybody's wall, I'll stick my foot so far up your behind that you'll have toes for teeth!

    • Rochelle: (off-screen) What the hell happened to my towel?!

    • Julius: Unplug that clock, boy. You can't tell time while you sleep. That's two cents an hour.

    • Chris: If you wake up dad he's gonna punch me square in the face and then I'm gonna punch you in the face and he'll kill me and then he'll go to jail.

    • (In flashback)Mr Palmer: I didn't touch her! I don't know what you're talking about!
      Chris:[Narrating] Mr Palmer was accused of doing something that we can't tell you about because of the network censors. The school settled the lawsuit out of court, and he's not allowed to teach anymore. If he moves to your neighborhood, you'll get a warning.

    • Julius: That's 49 cent of spilt milk drippin' all over the table. Somebody gon' drink this milk.

    • Joey: This isn't over, nigger.
      Chris: [narrating]Oh, he got away with callin' me nigger that day, but later in life he said it at a DMX concert and almost got stomped to death.

    • Julius: If you smell smoke, and you think the house is going to catch fire, get your brother and your sister and get out of here.
      Julius: If you smell gas, and you think the house is going to blow up, get your brother and your sister and get out of here.
      Julius: If you smell smoke, and your brother catches on fire, get your sister and get out of here.

    • Rochelle: Chris! Get in the bathroom and wipe the pee off the toilet seat!

    • Chris(narrating): That's my mother, Rochelle. She had a hundred recipes for whippin' ass!
      Rochelle: Boy, I will slap the caps off yo knees!
      Rochelle: I will knock you into last night.
      Rochelle: I will slap yo name out the phone book, and call Ma Bell and tell her I did it!

    • Julius: C'mere Pookie.
      Rochelle: No, last time you said Pookie, I got pregnant...

    • Chris: [narrating] You may not think messing up a pair of $40 shoes is such a big deal, but you have to realise my father's car only cost $65!

    • Joey: Nice shoes, Bojangles.
      Chris: Bojangles? That's not what your mother called me when I was tap-dancing in her drawers last night!
      Joey: WHAT?!
      Chris: DID I stutter?
      Joey: You know who I am?
      Chris: You step on my shoe again, I'm gonna tell you who I am!

    • Chris: [narrating] You think she's mad now, wait 'til her daughter brings home O.J!

    • Chris: [narrating] Keisha was the girl next door. At 13, I didn't know a lot about sex, but I knew she had something to do with it!

  • Notes

    • Julius is the only character (besides that of Chris himeslf) to have the same name of the person he is based on (Chris Rock's father). His mother was Rosalie, and he had 2 younger brothers (Kenny & Tom) and an older brother (Charles), instead of a younger brother and a younger sister.

    • This episode was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series.

    • The song playing when Chris first meets Caruso is "Suck My Kiss" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  • Allusions

    • In the scene where Julius and Rochelle argue about her only paying half of a bill, the patch on his shirt says "Overlook Hotel." That was the name of the hotel in the Stephen King novel and movie The Shining.

    • Chris's school displays a banner saying 'Corleone Junior High School. Brooklyn, New York'.

      This is an allusion to the Corleone family, the main focus of the classic Mob film trilogy The Godfather and to what Narrator Chris says the about neighourhood where his new school is: "It was just like Bedstuy: take away the gangs, add the mob!"

    • The title of Chris Rock's show "Everybody Hates Chris" is a play on words from the title for the popular television show Everybody Loves Raymond.