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The Show (American TV series)

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The Show
Created byJohn Bowman
Matt Wickline
StarringSam Seder
T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh
Chris Spencer
Shaun Baker
Mystro Clark
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Television Studios
Original networkFox
Original releaseMarch 17 (1996-03-17) –
June 6, 1996 (1996-06-06)
External links
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The Show is an American sitcom that aired Sunday at 8:30 on the Fox network from March 17, 1996[1] until June 6, 1996.


A white writer joins the staff of a black television series.


Paul Giamatti played Tom's writing partner Jeffrey Roffman in the pilot, but Fox cut the character for the series run.[2]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Stan LathanJohn Bowman & Matt WicklineMarch 17, 1996 (1996-03-17)
2"Deandra and Them"TBATBAMarch 24, 1996 (1996-03-24)
3"Tom and Them"TBAJohn Bowman, John Ridley & Larry WilmoreMarch 31, 1996 (1996-03-31)
4"God and Them"Steve ZuckermanJohn BowmanApril 7, 1996 (1996-04-07)
5"The Script Formerly Known as Writers and Them"Steve ZuckermanJohn BowmanApril 14, 1996 (1996-04-14)
6"The Last Episode of the Season and Them"Joe RegalbutoJohn Bowman & Matt WicklineMay 23, 1996 (1996-05-23)
7"The Censors and Them"TBAJohn Bowman & Matt WicklineMay 30, 1996 (1996-05-30)
8"Allison and Them"TBAJohn Bowman & Matt WicklineJune 6, 1996 (1996-06-06)


The show received mixed reviews from critics. David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun said the pilot "shows considerable promise" but "doesn't know where to go" towards the end of the episode.[3]


  1. Winslow, Harriet (March 17, 1996). "'THE SHOW'". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 25, 2023.
  2. O'Neal, Rebecca (September 18, 2010). "Lost Comedy Pilot: "The Show" No One Ever Saw". Gawker. Gawker. Retrieved March 25, 2023.
  3. Zurawik, David (March 15, 1996). "Rigid color lines define 'The Show' TV preview: Racial gap stars in new Fox comedy about a 'corny white guy' working on a black sitcom". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 25, 2023.

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