The Bernie Mac Show

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Nov 14, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The kids arrive from Chicago, and Uncle Bernie lays down the law.

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  • Bernie Mac makes us laugh added with drama makes a wonderufl pilot

    The first time I saw this pilot I was very impressed. It was a very different from other family comedies. Or any comedies for that matter. They tape without an audiance. And without a laugh track. It was so wonderful to see something different. And it actually worked. I remember FOX didn\'t think it would work that way but it did and they ran for 5 years. I think because the show was so real the humor came naturally. Same worked with \"The Cosby Show\"

    \"The Andy Gritffh Show\" etc. Except they used an audiance and a laugh track. But because it was different. Because it was funny and was had such a great heart, it makes a wonderful family show.moreless
Matt Besser

Matt Besser

Brad Cooley

Guest Star

Ed Cambridge

Ed Cambridge

Grandfather at Airport

Guest Star

Daniel E. Smith

Daniel E. Smith

Grandson at Airport

Guest Star

Reginald Ballard

Reginald Ballard


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bernie Mac: (talking to the camera about Vanessa) That's right, I said I'm going to bust her head till the white meat showed -- and I ain't ashamed that I said it, and ain't nobody going to make me take it back.

  • NOTES (6)

    • In real life, Bernie Mac did not have a sister on drugs, rather a close family friend's daughter, got pregnant. He then took the young mother and daughter in.

    • In the beginning, Bernie was very wary of doing the television show for fear it would water him down. The producers then pitched the idea of him doing the show based on one of his comedy acts which he accepted.

    • FOX originally wanted a laugh track for the show

    • Dee Dee Davis, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez and Camille Winbush were all the last people to try out for their roles.Dee Dee showed up to the audition wearing pajamas and slippers.

    • Kellita Smith mentions in March 2003's Savory Magazine that the role of Wanda was the most sought out role by Black Actresses. She was hand picked by Bernie Mac for the role.

    • Larry Wilmore's script, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, was published in the October 2002 issue of Emmy magazine. Larry Wilmore was also nominated for the 2003 WGA Award (TV) for this episode.