|The Wayans Bros.|
Season 3 intertitle
|Created by||Marlon Wayans|
David Steven Simon
Anna Maria Horsford
Paula Jai Parker
|Theme music composer||Tom Rizzo (season 3)|
Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Omar Epps and Eric Willis (seasons 4-5)
|Opening theme||"Electric Relaxation" by A Tribe Called Quest|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||101|
|Executive||Billy Van Zandt &|
Jane Milmore (season 1)
Rick Hawkins (season 2)
Phil Kellard & Tom Moore (seasons 3-5)
|Production location(s)||Warner Bros. Studios,|
Burbank, California (taping location)
|Camera setup||Videotape; Multi-camera|
|Running time||Approx. 21 minutes|
Next to Last Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution|
|Original network||The WB|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||January 11, 1995 -|
May 20, 1999
The Wayans Bros. is an American sitcom that aired on The WB from January 11, 1995, to May 20, 1999. The series starred real life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The series also starred John Witherspoon and Anna Maria Horsford (season 2 onward).
Shawn and Marlon Williams (Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans) are brothers who live in an apartment on 117th street in Harlem. Shawn owns a local newsstand, where he and his brother Marlon work on a daily basis. In the show's second season (in 1995), the newsstand and Pops' Joint, the restaurant owned by their father, John "Pops" Williams (John Witherspoon) were moved downtown into the fictional Neidermeyer Building, in Rockefeller Center, where Dee Baxter (Anna Maria Horsford (onwards from Season 2) works as a security guard.
Many transitions were made in season 2:
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||January 11, 1995||May 24, 1995|
|2||22||September 6, 1995||May 15, 1996|
|3||22||September 4, 1996||May 14, 1997|
|4||22||September 17, 1997||May 20, 1998|
|5||22||September 18, 1998||May 20, 1999|
The Wayans Bros. was the first of the four sitcoms that aired as part of the original Wednesday night two hour lineup that helped launch the network (along with Unhappily Ever After, The Parent 'Hood and the short-lived Muscle). While in development, the series' working title was initially supposed to have been Brother to Brother, before the name of the series changed to The Wayans Bros.
In the show's second season, in 1995 Pops' Joint (the restaurant owned by Shawn and Marlon's father, John "Pops" Williams) was moved into the Neidermeyer Building, where the location was changed from Harlem to Rockefeller Center, Manhattan. The series was cancelled due to declining ratings and was not given a proper finale.
While the series did not end on a cliffhanger, in the film of 2000 Scary Movie, Shawn Wayans' character says 'And the Wayans Bros. was a good show, man. It was a good-ass show, and we didn't even get a final episode.'
The show's official opening title began with Shawn and Marlon on the steps of a brownstone apartment building, donning afros and wearing 1970s preppy attire, moving in rhythm to an accompanying satirical music piece that's supposed to have a 1970s style "urban" sitcom theme song feel. Marlon forcefully smacks the camera, and then segues into "the real opening" of The Wayans Bros.
The scene then cuts to them with their normal clothes and trying to help an old woman who gets hit by a bus. The camera then shows the brothers inside the bus with the title of the show underneath them. The "second half" part of The Wayans Bros. theme song was changed twice throughout its four year run (1995-1999). In the first two seasons, from the beginning of 1995, until 1996, the show's theme song was A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation" (used both in the 1995, and the 1995-96 seasons).
In the third season (1996-97), the theme song changed to a four second Hip-Hop beat. In the final two seasons (1997-1998) and (1998-1999), the show's theme song was changed again to a regular hip hop instrumental beat (which was produced by the Wayans Bros. & Omar Epps). In Brazilian reruns of seasons one and two episodes that have aired in SBT in 2015, this version replaced the seasons one and two sequence with the season three sequence.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution handles syndication distribution of the series. In September 1999, after the series was cancelled by The WB, the series began airing in off network syndication nationwide.
At that same time, Chicago based national cable superstation WGN began airing reruns of the series, airing the series until 2002 (when its broadcast syndication run also ended); WGN (both the local Chicago feed and the national superstation feed) aired The Wayans Bros. in first run form from 1995 to 1999, when WGN (whose local Chicago feed was an affiliate of the network) carried WB programming nationally to make The WB available to markets where a local affiliate did not exist (The Wayans Bros. is one of three WB series to have aired on WGN in both first run and syndication form; The Parent 'Hood, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister being the others).
In 2006, reruns began airing on BET, after a four year absence where it ran until 2007. In 2007, reruns of the series aired on Ion Television, where it ran until 2008. Since then, several Viacom networks, including MTV2, VH1 and BET Her have run the series in continuous rotation.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The Complete First Season||13||February 8, 2005|
|The Complete Second Season||22||May 9, 2017|
|The Complete Third Season||22||November 7, 2017|
|The Complete Fourth Season||22||January 22, 2019|
|The Complete Fifth Season||22||March 26, 2019|