The Best Episodes of In Living Color

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2019

In Living Color was the brainchild of Keenen Ivory Wayans, the eldest sibling of a large and extremely talented family whose guidance toward his brothers and sisters would help shape his creation into something truly memorable, the likes of which had never been seen prior on US television. In 1989, Keenen set about making a pilot episode for something he knew was going to be different. It wasn't just going to be a show performed by black people for black people but was to be a multi-ethnic series. Using this as his basis he recruited two white actors who were fairly unknown at the time - James Carrey (now known as Jim) and Kelly Coffield. In addition, the show introduced more upcoming talent, in the form of Tommy Davidson, Kim Coles, David Alan Grier, T'keyah "Crystal" Keymah and finally his siblings Kim Wayans and Damon Wayans. The cast was formed and the pilot was filmed. Things went quiet for a while until word of mouth spread about this amazing new show that dared to be d

Clarance Thomas's First Day

#1 - Clarance Thomas's First Day

Season 3 - Episode 3

Sketches include: "Clarence Thomas: Sweet Clarence's Badass Song" "El Grande Y Spectacular Muchacho Rockeeter" (a.k.a. "The Mexican Rocketeer") "Al MacAfee: Sex Ed Hall Monitor" "Butt-Out Jeans by Prince" "Benita Butrell: Carnival Booth" "Anton: Shakespeare in the Park"

star 8.57
14 votes
Homey The Sellout: Part 2

#2 - Homey The Sellout: Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 1

Sketches include: "Sleazo's Pee Wee Herman Mugshot Doll and Pornhouse Playset" Keenen introduces the new cast members, as well as new Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez and DJ Twist, in the show opener "Crown Heights Story" (cut from DVD) "Misery II: with Rick James" "Homey D. Clown: Homey Meets the Man" (conclusion to last season's "Homey Sells Out" sketch) "The Head Detective Goes Undergarment"

star 8.53
32 votes
Directors: Morris Abraham
Writers: Damon Wayans
The Last Man On Earth

#3 - The Last Man On Earth

Season 3 - Episode 23

Sketches include: "Tester's Choice" (a.k.a. Fatal Attraction Coffee Commercial) "The Brothers Brothers on The $100,000 Pyramid" "The Last Man on Earth" "Men on Videotape Rentals" Close featuring Kris Kross performing "Jump"

star 8.50
6 votes
Trail Mix-A-Lot

#4 - Trail Mix-A-Lot

Season 4 - Episode 5

Sketches include: "Trail Mix-a-Lot" in "Baby Got Snacks" (cut from DVD) "Lonnie the Childish Adult" "Super Bimbo" "Def Jam Comedy Hour: Audience Reactions" "Juice Mania" Close featuring Grand Puba performing "360 Degrees (What Goes Around)"

star 8.50
8 votes
Anton Returns

#5 - Anton Returns

Season 4 - Episode 6

Sketches include: Bill Clinton in "Humpin' Around" (cut from DVD) "The Head Detective" (with guest star Damon Wayans as Detective Head) "Ice Poe: At The Airport" "Sue Goober: 007 Bond Girl Audition" (cut from DVD) "Anton at Comic Relief" (with guest star Damon Wayans as Anton)

star 8.50
10 votes
Handi-Man Returns

#6 - Handi-Man Returns

Season 4 - Episode 8

Sketches include: "Saturday Night Live's Chris Rock and Garrett Morris for Anonymous Express" (featuring Molly Shannon as a tourist) "Ugly Woman: Wanda Meets Luther the Ugly Man" "Loomis Simmons: Make Me Rich!" "Handi-Man Loses His Powers" (with guest star Damon Wayans as Handi-Man) Close featuring Pete Rock & CL Smooth performing "Straighten It Out"

star 8.50
8 votes
Unpoetic Justice

#7 - Unpoetic Justice

Season 5 - Episode 4

Sketches include: "Loomis Simmons: Knock You Up" "Prison Cable Network: Mr. Cell Block Beauty Pageant" (cut from DVD) "An Apology from the Denny's Spokeswomen" "Unpoetic Justice" "Carl 'The Tooth' Williams: Shot at the Title" (with guest star Thomas Hearns as himself) "Funky Finger Productions" a.k.a. "B.S. Brothers: Talk Show"

star 8.33
6 votes
Fire Marshall Santa

#8 - Fire Marshall Santa

Season 3 - Episode 13

Sketches include: "Equity Express Blue Dot/Kennedy Carte Blanche" "Tommy Wu Seminar" "Homey the Clown: Homey at the Circus" "Great Moments in Black History: The Jheri Curl" "Kid Spike Lee" "Fire Marshal Bill: Fire Marshall Santa"

star 8.11
9 votes
Live Super Bowl Show

#9 - Live Super Bowl Show

Season 3 - Episode 16

Sketches include: "Homeboyz Shopping Network" "Fire Marshall Bill at the Sports Bar" "Sugar Ray's Celebrity Interviews" (with guest stars Phil Buckman, Blair Underwood, Pauly Shore, and Corin Nemec) "Men on Football" (all versions - including DVD and syndication - edit out ad-libbed lines implying that Richard Gere and Carl Lewis are homosexuals) "Background Guy: Super Bowl Interview" Close featuring Sam Kinison, followed by Color Me Badd performing "I Wanna Sex You Up"

star 8.11
9 votes
Grim Reaper

#10 - Grim Reaper

Season 3 - Episode 15

Sketches include: "Me Want Maury" (cut from DVD) "Frenchie at Lamaze Class" "The Big Apple Airlines" "Death Takes a Holiday (a.k.a. The Grim Reaper's Vacation)" "Star Trek: The Really Last Voyage"

star 8.10
10 votes
Green Eggs and The Guvment Cheese

#11 - Green Eggs and The Guvment Cheese

Season 3 - Episode 4

Sketches include: "Jesse Jackson's Children Books" (a.k.a. "Green Eggs and the Gubmint Cheese") "LL Cool JJ -- Mama's Gonna Kick Me Out" (cut from DVD) "Hey Mon: The Hedleys vs. The Wans" "Funky Finger Productions" "Fire Marshal Bill: Cruise Vacation" Close featuring Leaders of the New School performing "Teachers, Don't Teach Us Nonsense!!"

star 8.10
21 votes
Anton At The Recruiter

#12 - Anton At The Recruiter

Season 2 - Episode 2

Sketches include: A young fan confuses Keenen with his other family members in the show opener "Anton: Army Recruitment Office" "The Man Trainer" "Roseanne Sings America" (does not air on Aspire) "Luther Campbell Writes a Clean Song" "Homey D. Clown: When Homey Met Sally"

star 8.05
37 votes
Directors: Paul Miler
Writers: Fax Bahr
Homey The Sellout: Part 1

#13 - Homey The Sellout: Part 1

Season 2 - Episode 24

Sketches include: Kelly Coffield, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, and Kim Wayans replace the Fly Girls in the show opener "Lil' Magic: The Audition" "Oprah's Restaurant" (featuring Ellen Cleghorne as a restaurant customer) "Homey D. Clown: Homey Sells Out" "Men on Television: Blaine Becomes Hetero" Close featuring Dwayne Wayans

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Paul Miler
Writers: John Bowman
The Adventures of Handi-Boy

#14 - The Adventures of Handi-Boy

Season 3 - Episode 5

Sketches include: "Clarence Thomas: I'm Going to Girlie World" "Closeted Gay Construction Guys" "Snackin' Shack: Pirate-Themed" "Prison Cable Network Fall Promos" (cut from DVD) "Dinner at Lizzy's" "Cephus and Reesie: Bar Mitzvah" "Handi-Man: The Adventures of Handi Boy"

star 8.00
10 votes
Wanda on the Dating Game

#15 - Wanda on the Dating Game

Season 3 - Episode 30

Sketches include: "The Law Offices of Oswald Bates" "Detective Head: On Head Majesty's Secret Service" "Super Clyde" "Great Moments in Black History: The Jheri Curl" (from Season 3, episode 13; replaces "Super Clyde" on Aspire) "Sleazo's Pee Wee Herman Mugshot Doll and Pornhouse Playset" (from Season 3, episode 1; replaces "Super Clyde" on Aspire) "Ugly Woman: Dating Game"

star 8.00
2 votes
Thighmaster

#16 - Thighmaster

Season 4 - Episode 18

Sketches include: "Joe Jackson: Lock You in the Closet" (cut from DVD) "Suzanne Sommers for Thighmaster" "Calhoun Tubbs: Prison Performance" "Little Richard in: Dirty Little Dick" "Geraldo Rivera: The Black Child Star Mill" "Rodney Dangerfield Gets Pulled Over" (with guest star Dangerfield as himself) "Mr. & Mrs. Brooks: Garage Sale" Close featuring Shawn Wayans as Chris Rock and Jamie Foxx as Garrett Morris

star 8.00
2 votes
Black People Awards

#17 - Black People Awards

Season 4 - Episode 4

Sketches include: Vanessa Williams: "You Can All Just Kiss My Ass" (cut from DVD) "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sinéad O'Connor Protesting" "Beauty Tips with Lori Davis" "George Hamilton Brand Luggage and Belts" "Black Peoples Awards" Close featuring A.D.O.R. performing "Let It All Hang Out"

star 8.00
14 votes
Pilot

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Sketches include: "Love Connection: Jewish Woman Dates a Black Man" "Great Moments in Black History: First Black Man on the Moon" "Homeboy Shopping Network" "Redd Foxx for Hire" "Equity Express" "Men on Film"

star 7.92
221 votes
Directors: Paul Miler
Writers:
Men on Televison Part 2: What Happened To Blaine?

#19 - Men on Televison Part 2: What Happened To Blaine?

Season 3 - Episode 2

Sketches include: "Kung Fu Master '91" "The Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan Comedy Hour: Jews on First" "Velma Mulholland: The Burglar" "Oswald Bates: The Silence of The Lambs II" "Men on Film: Straight Man Out" (conclusion to previous season's cliffhanger "Blaine Becomes Hetero")

star 7.90
21 votes
Directors: Morris Abraham
Writers:
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My Left Foot of Fury

#20 - My Left Foot of Fury

Season 3 - Episode 10

Sketches include: "The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial" "My Left Foot of Fury" "The Groom Room" "Frenchie Goes to Alcoholics Anonymous" "Skully Conditioner" "Men on Film Festival"

star 7.88
8 votes
Ike Turner and Hooch

#21 - Ike Turner and Hooch

Season 5 - Episode 3

Sketches include: "Snow: Impostor" (cut from DVD) "Ike Turner & Hooch/FOX News Special Report: The Reginald Denny Riots" "The Honeymooners" '93: New Jack Swing Dancing "Cheap Pete at the Convenience Store" (with guest star Chris Rock as Cheap Pete) "Ace and Main Man" Meet Tupac (with guest star Tupac as himself)

star 7.88
8 votes
Club Ozone

#22 - Club Ozone

Season 3 - Episode 20

Sketches include: "Club Ozone" "Al MacAfee: McBurgers Security Guard" "Richard Simmons' Shed-A-Bed Diet Program" "Benita Butrell: Class Reunion" "Men on Vacation" (repeat from Season 2, Episode 9) Close featuring Shabba Ranks with Maxi Priest performing "Housecall"

star 7.83
6 votes
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks

#23 - Mr. and Mrs. Brooks

Season 4 - Episode 3

Sketches include: "MTV's Political Coverage" "Cousin Elsee at the Wake" "Woody Allen for Date the Children" Whitney Houston: "Got Your Babies Tonight" (cut from DVD) "Mr. and Mrs. Brooks" Close featuring Gang Starr with Nice & Smooth performing "DWYCK"

star 7.83
12 votes
Introducing..Fire Marshal Bill

#24 - Introducing..Fire Marshal Bill

Season 2 - Episode 14

Sketches include: Keenen introduces new Fly Girl Carla Garrido in the show opener "Mr. Squeegee" "B.S. Brothers: Big Break" "Fashion Tampons" "Fire Marshall Bill: Home Safety" "Homey D. Clown: Home E. Cheese"

star 7.83
29 votes
Directors: Paul Miler
Writers: John Bowman
Big and Loud Men's Clothes Store

#25 - Big and Loud Men's Clothes Store

Season 5 - Episode 6

Sketches include: "Hag Team: Droop! There It Is" (cut from DVD) "Rush and Al's Big and Loud Men's Clothes Store" "Background Guy: The FOX Newsroom" "A Few Minutes with Randy Rooney" (a.k.a. "What If Andy Rooney Were Black?") "Cheap Pete at the Bar" (with guest star Chris Rock as Cheap Pete) "Ace and the Main Man" (with guest star Marsha Warfield as herself) Close featuring Guru with N'Dea Davenport performing "Trust Me"

star 7.80
5 votes