The BEST Episodes of In Living Color

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2019

Network: FOX

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

Black People Awards

#1 - 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 9.24
42 votes
Handi-Man Returns

#2 - 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 8.55
11 votes
Clarance Thomas's First Day

#3 - 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 8.47
17 votes
Anton Returns

#4 - 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 8.42
12 votes
Trail Mix-A-Lot

#5 - 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 8.40
10 votes
The Last Man On Earth

#6 - 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 8.33
9 votes
Fire Marshall Santa

#7 - 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 8.09
11 votes
Live Super Bowl Show

#8 - 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 8.09
11 votes
Grim Reaper

#9 - 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 8.08
12 votes
Silly Cone

#10 - Silly Cone

Season 3 - Episode 30

Sketches include: "SillyCone Breast Implants" "Benita Butrell: Delegate" "Crazy Tom's" (featuring show writer and future cast member Marc Wilmore as Crazy Tom) "FOX Special: Elvis Sighting" (from Season 3, episode 19; replaces the above sketch on Aspire) "LaShawn: Museum Guide" "Fire Marshal Bill: Space Station Safety" Close featuring MC Lyte performing "Poor Georgie"

star 8.00
2 votes
Unpoetic Justice

#11 - 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 8.00
9 votes
Ike Turner and Hooch

#12 - 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
The Adventures of Handi-Boy

#13 - 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 7.82
11 votes
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks

#14 - 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 7.80
15 votes
Big and Loud Men's Clothes Store

#15 - 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
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 7.75
4 votes
The Dirty Dozens

#17 - The Dirty Dozens

Season 5 - Episode 2

Sketches include: "Michael Jackson: Little Billy's Not My Lover" (featuring Denise Richards as Brooke Shields; cut from DVD) "The Dirty Dozens Game Show" (featuring show writer Nick Bakay as host Stu Dunfy) "Ball Park Breast and Butt Implants" "Baptist Church Revival Olympics" "Fire Marshal Bill at the Hospital"

star 7.75
16 votes
Best-of episode - Michael Jackson

#18 - Best-of episode - Michael Jackson

Season 4 - Episode 14

Sketches include: "La Toya Jackson: Michael Unwrapped" "Home Alone Again with Michael Jackson" (repeat from Season 3, episode 6) "Michael Jackson Potato Head" (repeat from Season 1, episode 10) "La Toya Jackson: Michael Unwrapped" (conclusion) "Family Feud's The Royal Family and The Jacksons" (with guest star Ray Combs as himself) Close featuring Another Bad Creation performing "Iesha" (repeat from Season 2, Episode 18)

star 7.75
4 votes
Krishna Cop

#19 - Krishna Cop

Season 3 - Episode 9

Sketches include: "The David Duke Show" (cut from DVD) "Oswald: 48 Hours Again" "Krishna Cop" "My Songs are Mindless" (cut from DVD) "Family Few" "Detective Head Meets Mrs. Potato Head" Close featuring Queen Latifah performing "Latifah's Had It Up 2 Here"

star 7.73
11 votes
Anton And The Reporter

#20 - Anton And The Reporter

Season 3 - Episode 11

Sketches include: "Jimmy Swaggart: Heaven or Hell?" "Benita Butrell: Witness for the Prosecution" "Calhoun Tubbs Mentors A British Rock Star" "Anton and The Undercover Journalist" "LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out" (does not air on Aspire)

star 7.73
11 votes
My Left Foot of Fury

#21 - 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 7.70
10 votes
Academy Awards

#22 - Academy Awards

Season 5 - Episode 21

Sketches include: "Loomis Simmons: Make Him Jealous!" (with guest star Biz Markie as "Albert Einstein") "66th Annual Academy Awards Highlights" "Grandpa and Duke: Beethoven's Sidekick Audition" "Cheap Pete Gets Married" (with guest star Chris Rock as Cheap Pete) "Umbilical Barry Rides the Subway" "Hemorrhoid Patient: Stuck in the Hallway" Close featuring Eazy-E with Dresta and B.G. Knocc Out performing "Real Compton City G's"

star 7.67
3 votes
Pilot

#23 - 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 7.64
311 votes
Directors: Paul Miler
Writers:
The Jackson Bunch

#24 - The Jackson Bunch

Season 3 - Episode 7

Sketches include: "The Jackson Bunch" (parody of The Brady Bunch; cut from DVD) "Act Up! Guy in the Park" "Arsenio Hall: Dare To Say 'Hmmmm" (featuring Danielle Harris as a teen drug abuser) "Ice Poe: Street Poet" "Samantha Kinison: The Kinisons at Home" (with guest star Sam Kinison as himself) Close featuring Sam Kinison

star 7.63
24 votes
Club Ozone

#25 - 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 7.63
8 votes