"The Steve Harvey Show" is a television program that aired from 1996 to 2002, starring Steve Harvey as famous funk musician Steve Hightower who leaves his high-powered music career to teach music at an underprivileged inner city high school. The show also starred Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana, William Lee Scott, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Terri J. Vaughn and Lori Beth Denberg.
Steve Hightower's character, separated from his life of luxury and living in inner city Chicago, struggles to teach high school students to love music and to appreciate funk. Characters include Hightower's fellow teachers, love interests and the students at the high school.
The comedy show ran for 122 episodes in a 30-minute format. It won 13 NAACP Image Awards during its long run on the WB Channel, along with many other awards and nominations for prime-time television comedy. These episodes ran six seasons, during which the main character adapted to his students and his new setting and abandoned his dreams of returning to success and stardom.
Much of the plot concerns a will they or won't they romance between Steve Hightower and the high school principal, Regina Grier. Grier was an object of Steve's bullying as a child, but now exercises power on his life.