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The Steve Harvey Show

The Steve Harvey Show (also known as Steve Harvey in syndication) is an American sitcom that aired for six seasons from August 25, 1996 to February 24, 2002 on The WB Television Network. It was directed by Stan Lathan.

Synopsis

Steve Hightower (Steve Harvey) is a has-been 1970's Rythm and Blues singer who is now a music teacher/Vice-principal at Booker T. Washington High in Chicago. Budget cutbacks meant Steve also had to teach drama and art, unbeknownst to him. Cedric Robinson (Cedric the Entertainer) is a coach at the high school, and Steve's long-time best friend. The principal of Booker T. Washington High is Steve's former classmate, Regina Greer (Wendy Raquel Robinson), who Steve affectionately calls "Piggy", due to the fact that she was overweight as an adolescent.

Steve seemingly meets his match in a pair of his students: Romeo Santana (Merlin Santana), a stylish, self-absorbed ladies' man, and the equally vacuous Stanley Kuznocki, nicknamed Bullethead (William Lee Scott).

In 1997, the show introduced a new character, a secretary named Lovita Jenkins (Terri J. Vaughn), a woman who is fundamentally good in nature, but nonetheless, considerably unrefined in terms of disposition. Cedric and Lovita begin dating, and eventually elope and produce a child. The show also featured a succession of young actresses who served as female foils to Romeo and Bullethead; the longest-lasting of these was Lori Beth Denberg as the overachieving, socially inept Lydia Gutman. Rapper The Lady of Rage also had a recurring role as Coretta Cox, a physically massive, brutish teenaged girl in romantic pursuit of Romeo.

Steve was part of a fictional singing group called "Steve Hightower and the Hi-Tops," who would temporarily reunite to perform on occasion. The members consisted of Steve, T-Bone (played by T.K. Carter, later by Don 'D.C.' Curry), Pretty Tony (played by Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers), and Clyde (played by Jonathan Slocumb). Two of their signature songs (performed several times on the show) were "When the Funk Hits the Fan," and "Break Me Off a Piece of That Funk." Though Cedric was not an original member of the group, he usually sang with them on several events.

A few other recurring characters throughout the series included Cedric's grandmother named "Grandma Puddin'" (played by Cedric the Entertainer) and Regina's boyfriend, Warrington Steele (played by Dorien Wilson). Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell appeared in several episodes as "Junior" and "Vincent."

Running Gags

There were a few recurrent gags throughout the series. For instance, Lovita had several relatives named after products or items (her brother's name was Duracell; she had cousins named "Bruschetta," "Clinique," and "Camay"). Cedric's love for decking out his Hyundai, which was never seen in the show, was another running gag. Steve's topical humor of popular culture was also another recurring gag. One example of these jokes: "When I see that woman, I'm like Shaq doing Shakespeare- I just don't know how to act!". In addition, the romantic tension between Steve and Regina eventually blossomed into a relationship, but they never actually kissed on the show.

Cast

Series end

In 2002, Harvey decided to end the series to pursue other projects.

The series ended with Regina mulling over a job offer to be a principal at a private school in California. Steve, who doesn't want Regina to go, acts supportive despite his feelings. Regina ends up taking the job and with encouragement from Lydia, Bullethead, and Romeo, Steve decides to go after her to reveal his true feelings. Meanwhile, Cedric and Lovita win the lottery and Lovita goes into labor (during the final season, the real-life pregnancy of actress Terri J. Vaughn had been incorporated into the storyline).

Syndication and DVD release

In 2003, Sony Pictures released The Best of the Steve Harvey Show, Vol. 1, on Region 1 DVD. The disc features five episodes of the series.

The series is currently syndicated on TBS, BET, ION Television, UK Channel Trouble and various local stations (such as WCIU and MeTV in Chicago).

The show's title is shortened to Steve Harvey in syndication.

Awards and nominations

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Year Award Result Category Recipient
1996 NCLR Bravo Awards Nominated Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy Series Tracy Vilar
Nominated Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
1998 ALMA Award Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracy Vilar
Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
1999 Nominated Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
1998 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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1999 Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series -
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
2000 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Terri J. Vaughn
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Comedy Series -
Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
2001 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series William Lee Scott
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Comedy Series -
Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Steve Harvey
2002 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Merlin Santana
Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Won Outstanding Comedy Series -
Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
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2003 Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Terri J. Vaughn

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