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Encyclopedia > Roc (TV series)

Roc was a Fox network sitcom which ran from 1991 to 1994. It starred Charles S. Dutton as Baltimore garbage collector Roc Emerson and Ella Joyce as his wife Eleanor. The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... Charles Dutton (born January 30, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor/director. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United... A garbage man, garbage collector or trash collector (US English), dustman or refuse collector (British English), garbo (Australian English slang) is a person employed by a city or by a private company who goes to houses and/or businesses collecting and hauling away waste from dustbins or dumpsters and taking... Ella Joyce (born Cherron Hoye in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Detroit, Michigan) is a theater actress. ...

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Overview

Roc began life as a normal television sitcom, chronicling the ups and downs of Emerson, his wife Eleanor, his father Andrew (Carl Gordon), and his brother Joey (Rocky Carroll), an aspiring musician who'd recently returned to the neighborhood. A much-played scene during the series' promotion featured Roc greeting his returning brother with a casual glance and a tired "Hey, Joey." When Eleanor suggests that he should have more to say, Roc agrees, and follows up with "Hey, Joey, where's my money?" Carl Gordon, (1931-2002) West of Scotland Journalist & Columnist. ...


As it progressed, the series adopted a more dramatic tone, with several installments featuring social commentaries on gang activities, violence among youths, the consequences of drug use on childbirth, and the plight of African-Americans in the United States. One of the central problems around town was the arrival of a powerful drug dealer named Andre, whose efforts throughout the community were met with counter-movements from Roc and others. This began with a brief showdown at Roc's home in which an angered Roc eventually grabbed hold of Andre and warned him that his actions would not go unchallenged, and soon gave rise to several new characters, including a vigilante named Ronnie (played by rapper Tone Lōc) and Calvin, a co-worker and friend of Roc's (played by rapper Heavy D). As the story line progressed, victories were back-and-forth between the two sides, with Andre taking one of Joey's young friends under his influence, taunting Roc, and eventually being shot on-screen by an unseen assailant. Roc became a quick police suspect but was exonerated, with the shooter soon revealed to be Calvin. As Calvin began his prison sentence, Roc and Eleanor agreed to raise his teenage daughter Sheila (Alexis Fields). Once recovered, Andre was eventually confronted by Joey, Ronnie, and several of their friends about his continuing to trouble the community. After later expressing a measure of respect toward Roc, Andre would soon begin steps toward reformation. The series moved on, continuing to mix humor and occasional drama. Tone Lōc (born Anthony Terrell Smith on March 3, 1966) is an American hip hop artist and actor, most well-known for his 1989 hit singles Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina. He is also known for his deep, gravelly, hoarse voice. ... Heavy D. & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by 250-lb Heavy D., who is known for his wild boastings about his sexual prowess. ... Alexis Fields (born 1983). ...


Response

A hit with fans for three seasons, Roc also gained recognition in the form of award nominations, including an Emmy nomination for its camera work, with Charles Dutton receiving an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in comedy. An Emmy Award. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ...


Trivia

  • The second season of the show was performed live.
  • During the third season, audiences called a 900 number to decide the name of Roc and Eleanor's new baby, who was named Marcus Garvey Emerson.
  • The series' theme song began as "God Bless The Child," performed by noted a cappella singer Jerry Lawson (lead singer of The Persuasions) and three unknown studio singers, and was eventually replaced with "Live Your Life Today," performed by En Vogue.

A 1-900 telephone number, in the North American Numbering Plan, usually has the form 1-900-###-####. A call to one of these numbers can result in a high per-minute or per-call charge. ... Marcus Garvey (far right) in parade Marcus Mosiah Garvey, National Hero of Jamaica, (August 17, 1887 – June 10, 1940) was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, crusader for black nationalism, and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). ... The Persuasions are an a cappella group who began singing together in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1960s and went on to produce numerous albums covering a wide range of musical genres. ... En Vogue is a Grammy-nominated American all-female R&B vocal quartet assembled by the hit music producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, formerly of the disco group Club Nouveau. ...

External Link

  • Roc at TV.com

 
 

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