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Everybody Hates ChrisOne of best things about watching this show is listening to its '80s sound track. This week we heard Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long," Kurtis Blow's "Tough" and Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." I'm sure you geeky musicologists out there are griping that the latter was actually released in 1985, two years after the episode takes place. Hey, that's nothing compared to the street montage that included a clear shot of the Toys 'R' Us in Times Square, which was built in 2001. But who watches this sitcom for accuracy? It's not a friggin' documentary. It's only inspired by Chris Rock's childhood. Even the dates are off. (He was born in '65, yet he's supposed to be a high-school freshman in 1983. That would make him one dumb kid.) But warning, I'm getting pretentious here Everybody Hates Chris is life filtered through a nostalgic lens. The Bed-Stuy it depicts only exists in Rock's head, just like Woody Allen's Upper West Side or Rent's East Village. What's important is that the show rings true emotionally, particularly the father-son relationship. God, I love Terry Crews. I wish he'd been my dad. Maybe he would have inspired me to go out and actually do something instead of sitting on my toches at home watching TV. At least I found a way to parlay that into a living.
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