The Game
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Title screen
GenreSitcom (seasons 1–5)
Comedy drama (seasons 6–9)
Created byMara Brock Akil
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Kurt Farquhar
  • Def Jef
  • James D. Joiner III
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes145 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Dan Dugan
  • Ken Farrington
  • Bobbi Sue Luther
Production locationsAtlanta, Georgia
Editors
  • Travis G. Rendich
  • Timothy Mozer
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
22–24 minutes (CW/BET)
Production companies
DistributorCBS Television Distribution (2006–2009)
Viacom Media Networks (2011–2015)
Release
Original network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseOctober 1, 2006 (2006-10-01) –
August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
Chronology
Followed byThe Game (2021)
Related showsGirlfriends

The Game is an American television series created by Mara Brock Akil. A spin-off of UPN's Girlfriends, the series premiered on its successor, The CW, on October 1, 2006.

The series was canceled in May 2009 after three seasons.[3] Viacom's BET Networks would strike a deal with CBS Corporation to develop new episodes of the series, relocating taping of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta, and announcing its renewal at the April 2010 upfronts. New seasons began airing on BET starting January 11, 2011, with the fourth season premiere drawing 7.7 million viewers, making it the most watched sitcom premiere in cable television history.[4] The show would air for six seasons on BET, being renewed for its final two in 2014, and concluding its run on August 5, 2015.[5][6]

In May 2021, a revival of the series was ordered by Paramount+ with Robinson, and Chanchez, returning. The revival series premiered on November 11, 2021,[7][8] and was renewed for a second season in February 2022.[9]

Premise

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For the first five seasons, The Game was centered around Joan Clayton's first cousin, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry), who was first introduced in the 2006 Girlfriends episode of the same name. Melanie is a first-year medical school student who has given up an offer of admission to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore to follow her boyfriend, Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall), to San Diego, against the advice of her parents. Derwin is a first-year rookie football player with a fictional "San Diego Sabers" team. As Melanie settles into her new life, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), the mother of Sabers' starting quarterback Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez), and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the then-wife of Sabers' captain Jason Pitts (Coby Bell), who warn her to keep a close eye on her boyfriend because of the numerous "gold diggers" who approach the professional football players. As Melanie learns to balance her new roles as both med student and the partner of a professional football player, the series focuses on the evolving relationships between the players and their significant others.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Game episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
Backdoor pilotApril 17, 2006 (2006-04-17)UPN
122October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)The CW
220October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
322October 3, 2008 (2008-10-03)May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15)
413January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11)March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)BET
522January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10)June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)
620March 26, 2013 (2013-03-26)September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)
710March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29)
88January 14, 2015 (2015-01-14)March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
910June 3, 2015 (2015-06-03)August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)

Cast

Further information: List of The Game characters

Main cast

Current Recurring cast

Previous Recurring cast

Special guest appearances

Production

2021 revival series

Main article: The Game (2021 TV series)

In May 2021, it was announced that Paramount+ had ordered a revival of the series, with the setting relocated to Las Vegas. Hosea Chanchez, Coby Bell, Brandy, Brittany Daniel, Pooch Hall and Wendy Raquel Robinson were in talks to reprise their roles as Malik Wright, Jason Pitts, Chardonnay Pitts, Kelly Pitts, Derwin Davis and Tasha Mack.[10]

Joining the returning cast was Vaughn W. Hebron as "Jamison Fields", an undrafted free agent; Adriyan Rae as "Brittany Pitts", Jason and Kelly Pitts daughter, (previous portrayed by Katlynn Simone); and Analisa Velez as "Raquel Navarro", Brittany’s best friend.[11] Tia Mowry-Hardrict, who was cast in Netflix's Family Reunion, made a TikTok video expressing that she will most likely not return to her 2 roles of Sister, Sister and The Game.[12] While being honored at the Ebony 'Power 100', she was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight saying: “You know what’s so funny? Never say never. I mean, as it stands for right now, we aren’t in any talks or communication about me coming back to the show...I know it seems kind of weird, because I’m like, the only one, but you know, Melanie, I loved playing that character, and if everything works out, and if everything works out the way that it should, then who knows? I might be on the show.” [13]

U.S. ratings

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of the series. The fourth season premiere acquired 7.7 million viewers, which was a record for a scripted premiere on BET.[14]

Season Network Timeslot (ET) Season premiere Viewers
(in millions)
18-49
rating
Season finale Viewers
(in millions)
18-49
rating
TV season Rank Viewers (in millions)
1 The CW Sunday 8:30 p.m. (2006) Monday 9:30 p.m. (2006–2007) October 1, 2006 2.60[15] May 14, 2007 2.51[16] 0.9[16] 2006–2007 #141[17] 2.33[18]
2 Monday 9:30 p.m. (2007–2008) Sunday 9:00 p.m. (2008) October 1, 2007 2.98[19] 1.4[19] May 18, 2008 1.62[20] 0.8[20] 2007–2008 #196 2.35[21]
3 Friday 8:30 p.m. (2008–2009) October 3, 2008 1.95[22] May 15, 2009 1.78[23] 1.2[23] 2008–2009 #174 1.75[24]
4 BET Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2011) January 11, 2011 7.68[25] 3.6[25] March 29, 2011 4.43[26] 2.2[26] 2010-2011 N/A 4.53
5 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2012) January 10, 2012 5.28[27] 2.8[27] June 5, 2012 2.49[28] 1.3[28] 2011-2012 N/A 2.69
6 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2013) March 26, 2013 2.54[29] 1.2[29] September 3, 2013 3.77[30] 1.9[30] 2012-2013 N/A 3.35
7 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. (2014) March 4, 2014 3.35[31] 1.6[31] April 29, 2014 2.53[32] 1.2[32] 2013-2014 N/A 3.35
8 Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (2014) January 14, 2015 3.13 [33] 1.1[33] March 4, 2015 2015 - N/A TBA
9 Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (2015) June 3, 2015 [33] August 5, 2015

Lawsuit

In September 2006, writer Staci Robinson filed a $40 million lawsuit against the CW, CBS, Warner Bros., and Grammnet Productions for copyright infringement. Robinson claimed that she had applied for a job as writer's assistant in 2005 with series creator and executive producer Mara Brock Akil, to whom Robinson had subsequently sent her novel, Interceptions. The novel is about a woman who decides to put her goal of becoming a lawyer on hold to follow her boyfriend as he pursues a career as a professional football player.[34] After receiving the novel, Robinson was interviewed for the job but later declined the position. Robinson alleged that Akil and a CW screenwriter stole the idea from her novel to create the series. The suit was settled out of court under a non-disclosure agreement in September 2007.[35]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2007 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Kenny Smith, Jr. (for "The Trey Wiggs Episode")
2008 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Sara V. Finney (for "The Big Chill" episode)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tia Mowry
Won Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Erica Montolfo (for episode "White Coats and White Lies")
2014 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Brandy Norwood
2009 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominated Comedy
2007 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice TV Actress: Comedy Tia Mowry

DVD releases

Season releases
The First Season
Set details Special features
  • 22 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • N/A Aspect Ratio
  • N/A Mins
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Includes the backdoor pilot episode from GirlfriendsThe Game - Press Release Gives The Game Plan for The 1st Season on DVD
  • Rift and Separate
    • Interview with Mara Brock Akil
  • To Baby...Or Not To Baby
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • The Iceman Cometh
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • All-Star Blues
    • Commentary with Mara Brock Akil
  • When the Chickens Comes To Roost (Parts 1 & 2)
    • Offseason interview with Mara Brock Akil
Release date
 United States (Region 1)
September 1, 2009

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