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Created byJohn Bowman
Martin Lawrence
Topper Carew
Theme music composerSteve Keitt for Kid Entertainment, Inc.
Joey Kibble II
Mark Kibble
Paul Wright III
ComposersBill Maxwell
(season 2-5)
Greg Poree
Paul Jackson Jr.
(season 1)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes132 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJohn Bowman
Topper Carew
Martin Lawrence
Bentley Kyle Evans
Billy Van Zandt
Jane Milmore
Samm-Art Williams
ProducersWalter Barnett
Terry Crotzer
Mark J. Greenberg
Cheryl Holliday
Bennie R. Richburg, Jr.
Robert Lawrence
Production locationsUniversal City Studios,
Universal City, California
CinematographyWilliam Updegraff
Gary W. Scott
Alan Walker
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesYou Go Boy! Productions
(seasons 3-5)
HBO Independent Productions
Original release
ReleaseAugust 27, 1992 (1992-08-27) –
May 1, 1997 (1997-05-01)

Martin is an American television sitcom that aired for five seasons on Fox from August 27, 1992 to May 1, 1997. The show starred comedian Martin Lawrence as the titular character. Lawrence also played several other characters. Martin was one of Fox's highest rated shows during the sitcom's run. Martin has frequently been regarded as one of the most influential and "pivotal" for sitcoms of all time.[citation needed] In 2024, the cast reunited at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards.[1]

Broadcast history

Season Time
1992–93 (season 1) Thursday at 8:30–9:00 pm
1993–94 (season 2) Sunday at 8:00–8:30 pm
1994–95 (season 3) Thursday at 8:00–8:30 pm
1995–96 (season 4) Saturday at 8:00–8:30 pm (September 9, 1995 – October 28, 1995)
Sunday at 8:30–9:00 pm (November 5, 1995 – February 4, 1996; February 18 – 25, 1996)
Thursday at 8:30–9:00 pm (February 8 – 15, 1996; February 29 – May 2, 1996)
1996–97 (season 5) Thursday at 8:00–8:30 pm


Main article: List of Martin episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewers
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
127August 27, 1992 (1992-08-27)May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13)#4111.40
227August 22, 1993 (1993-08-22)May 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)#649.29
327September 1, 1994 (1994-09-01)May 18, 1995 (1995-05-18)#928.11
427September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)May 2, 1996 (1996-05-02)#1046.70
524September 5, 1996 (1996-09-05)May 1, 1997 (1997-05-01)#1106.00


Martin Lawrence played the role of Martin Payne, originally a disc jockey who lived with his girlfriend Gina Waters (Tisha Campbell) in the city of Detroit, Michigan. Martin worked for the fictional radio station WZUP; in later seasons, he became the host of the talk show Word on the Street.[2]


Main characters

Supporting characters

Recurring characters

Other roles played by Lawrence


In November 1996, Campbell left the series during its final season, citing "intolerable" working conditions. She filed a lawsuit against Lawrence and the show's producers in January 1997 for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults.[6] The series explanation was that Gina was "out on business", though in the two-part episode "Going Overboard" it was stated that Gina had arrived too late to board the boat for the trip alongside everyone else.[7] By April 1997, Campbell had settled the lawsuit and returned for the last two episodes of the series under the condition that she would not share any scenes or interact with Lawrence.[8] Campbell and Lawrence have since reconciled.[9]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1993 People's Choice Awards Won Favorite TV New Comedy Series
1994 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Comedy Series
1995 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Martin Lawrence
Outstanding Comedy Series
1996 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Marla Gibbs
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Carl Anthony Payne II
Thomas Mikal Ford
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Tisha Campbell-Martin
Outstanding Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Tichina Arnold
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Martin Lawrence
1997 Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Tisha Campbell-Martin
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Martin Lawrence
Outstanding Comedy Series
1995 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Nominated Favorite Television Show
Favorite Television Actor Martin Lawrence
1996 Favorite Television Actor Martin Lawrence


Martin went into second run syndication on August 8, 1995 through Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; it airs multiple times a week on the networks of Paramount Global, including MTV2, VH1 and BET, with Max and Netflix also carrying the full run of the series.

Home media

Besides being purchasable on most digital video retailers, HBO Home Video released all five seasons of Martin on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 27 January 4, 2007
The Complete Second Season 27 May 15, 2007
The Complete Third Season 27 November 6, 2007
The Complete Fourth Season 27 April 1, 2008
The Complete Fifth and Final Season 24 October 7, 2008
The Complete Series 132 February 4, 2020


  1. ^ Gajewski, Ryan (January 16, 2024). "'Ally McBeal,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Martin' Casts Reunite for Emmys Ceremony". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 25, 2024.
  2. ^ "A Macho Image for a Sensitive Soul". The New York Times. November 3, 1992. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "'Martin's' Wife Leaves Fox Series". Los Angeles Times. January 7, 1997. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "'Martin,' Campbell reconcile". Variety. March 21, 1997. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "John Amos Says He Was Kicked off Good Times Because He Didn't Agree with the Shucking and Jiving". June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Tisha Campbell Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Martin Lawrence". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. January 27, 1997.
  7. ^ "TV Notes". The New York Times. January 15, 1997. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Martin Lawrence Ends Sitcom, 'Martin', In Fifth Season". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. April 28, 1997.
  9. ^ "Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell Say They're 'Good' Despite Harassment Lawsuit in the '90s". Peoplemag. Retrieved January 25, 2024.