The BEST Episodes of Martin

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020

Network: FOX

Martin is a sassy sitcom centering on a radio-and-television personality named Martin Payne. The series focuses on Martin's romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina Waters, his job changes from a radio personality to a television personality, and the variety of friends Martin hangs out with along the way: the loud-mouthed and sassy Pam James and his best friends Tommy Strong and Cole Brown. Star, Martin Lawrence, also portrays of host of wild characters on the show. His neighbor Sheneneh; his mother Mama Payne; Otis the security guard; Jerome the gold-toothed player; Roscoe the snot-nosed kid who's always looking for a leg up; Bob, the white guy, King-Beef, Elroy, and many more. Martin is the center of attention, as each episode takes you from one hilarious circumstance to another. Hijinks, laughter, quick-witted banter, and lotsa love, make this series one to last forever.

Boo's in the House

#1 - Boo's in the House

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 1996

The prospect of owning a home gets scarier when Martin and Gina buy their "dream house" on Halloween, but soon find that the place is a haunted, calamity-filled horror.

star 8.75
100 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Barry Vigon, Tom Walla
The Romantic Weekend

#2 - The Romantic Weekend

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 27, 1995

Gina is envious when Tommy and Pam plan to celebrate their six-month anniversary at a luxurious resort. When she complains to Martin about why they never do anything special, Martin takes Gina on a vacation to Chilligan's Island, a dreadful and low-rate resort that was advertised on the back of a cereal box. As the two try to make the best of their stay, they inadvertantly run into Tommy and Pam who also are vacationing at the resort.

star 8.52
77 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Guy Torry, Matt Diamond
Checks, Lies, and Videotape

#3 - Checks, Lies, and Videotape

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired May 13, 1993

Martin and Gina try to expose a crooked preacher, Reverend Leon Lonnie Love, as a fraud, after he cons thousands of dollars from his church members, including Mama Payne. To do so, they decide to have Gina lure him to her apartment so she can elicit a confession out of him and then capture it on videotape.

star 8.46
82 votes
Homeo & Juliet

#4 - Homeo & Juliet

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 29, 1996

Gina & Pam have taken roles in an upcoming play to help raise money for needy kids. Martin continually disrupts rehearsal because he doesn't like the Olde English speech being used in the play. But everything comes to a head when Martin finds out the leading man will have to kiss the leading lady (Gina) during the play. He causes the leading man to fall and injure himself, leaving the actors without a leading man. Martin then has to improvise with his own "homeboy" interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

star 8.40
42 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Michael Ajakwe Jr.
Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with Martin

#5 - Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with Martin

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 22, 1993

Tommy's new girlfriend Shannon has an ex-lover that can't seem to let her alone. Eventually he and his gang of thugs confront Tommy and beat him up. Martin and Cole go after this angry group of little people to avenge Tommy's beating, by throwing their weight around and bullying the patrons in the little people's bar. But in the end, they almost get beaten up themselves.

star 8.37
83 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Bennie R. Richburg Jr.
Ain't Nuttin' Goin' on But the Rent

#6 - Ain't Nuttin' Goin' on But the Rent

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 2, 1995

Martin becomes angry when his landlord, Mr. Lopez, increases his rent by 5%. As a result, Martin refuses to pay the rent which leads Mr. Lopez to send him an eviction notice, and also cut off the heat during a terrible blizzard. As Martin and the gang suffer through the weather together, Martin attempts to settle his dispute with Mr. Lopez but discovers the landlord in a compromising situation with another tenant's wife. Martin informs Mr. Lopez that he will keep quiet only if Mr. Lopez reduces the rent and turns the heat back on.

star 8.35
89 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Doreen Spicer
I Don't Have the Heart

#7 - I Don't Have the Heart

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 27, 1994

Pam starts dating an older, wealthy man who eventually asks her to marry him. Initially, the gang was concerned about he and Pam, because of the age difference. But as time went by, they began to enjoy the perks that go along with being in the entourage of a wealthy industrialist: skybox tickets to games, New shoes for Martin, exotic trips to far away places. But once Pam breaks her engagement, Martin's hope of winning fame and fortune are dashed.

star 8.32
68 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Diane Burroughs, Joey Gutierrez
Love is in Your Face (2)

#8 - Love is in Your Face (2)

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 13, 1994

With Gina out of his life, Martin reconsiders his decision to let her go to New York to move on with her life, and he sets out to win her back. (Part 2 of 2)

star 8.32
38 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Dianne Burroughs, Joey Gutierrez
Love is a Beach

#9 - Love is a Beach

Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired May 18, 1995

Martin and Gina flee to the Bahamas with Tommy and Pam to escape their families constant bickering. As the couples make last minute preparations, Martin gets stuck in an elevator with Tommy, while Pam accidentally ruins Gina's wedding gown. After the diasters have passed, Martin and Gina are free to take part in their long-awaited oceanside wedding.

star 8.31
32 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Cheryl Holliday, Jacque Edmonds
Girlfriend

#10 - Girlfriend

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 13, 1995

Gina's conceited college friend comes to town. She's so offensive that Martin and Pam call a truce in their never ending fights and team up to expose her lurid past. Later, Martin invites Monique to appear on his tv talk show, and he exposes her to all of Detroit.

star 8.29
62 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Darice Rollins, Teri Schaffer Hicks
Hollywood Swinging (2)

#11 - Hollywood Swinging (2)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 14, 1993

In Los Angeles, Martin takes steps to ensure that he gets on Varnel Hill's talk show. During a performance by Jodeci, Martin crashes the stage and tries to join the group in singing. Then on the street, Martin runs into Michael Jackson and gets beat down. Elsewhere, Pam believes that she has tracked down Denzel Washington.

star 8.29
77 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Bennie R. Richburg Jr.
Workin' Day & Night

#12 - Workin' Day & Night

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 26, 1993

Martin decides to become more macho after Stan, as well as Tommy and Cole, convince him that Gina has been controlling his life, and that he is 'whipped'. So to prove it, he decides to work double duty at the station just because Gina told him not to. And as usual, Martin takes things overboard and his antics to prove that Gina is not in control of his life cause other men to disrespect their women also, which leads to a big show-down at the radio station.

star 8.26
159 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Bentley Kyle Evans
He Say, She Say

#13 - He Say, She Say

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 14, 1995

After breaking up with Big Shirley, Martin convinces Cole to get back into the dating scene. At the club, Cole falls for a pretty woman who has just appeared on "America's Most Wanted". Now the gang has to come up with a plan to save their pal. Meanwhile, Tommy and Pam decide to see other people.

star 8.26
110 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Michael Carrington
Radio Days

#14 - Radio Days

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 19, 1992

Stan decides to hire a new female talk show host and place her as co-host of Martin's show, to boost the station's ratings. At first Martin feels threatened by the move and is very stand-offish. But she soon warms him up with her charm, and Martin finds that he has become very attracted to her. Even though he loves Gina, he still feels a strong attraction to Monica, and tries to resist the temptation to be with her.

star 8.26
92 votes
Directors: Tony Singletary
Writers: Lisa Rosenthal
Jerome's in the House

#15 - Jerome's in the House

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 1, 1993

After Pam gets dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to go out on a date with somebody 'different' out of sheer desperation. She decides to go out with Jerome, the player, even though Cole is trying to ask her out.

star 8.26
92 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers:
Variety Show

#16 - Variety Show

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 29, 1993

Martin is chosen by his radio station manager to be the producer of a charity variety show for Aids. But in typical Martin Payne fashion, he lets the job go to his head, acts like a tyrant on the set, and alienates everyone around him, even Gina. In the end, Martin is left to do the whole show by himself, and bombs miserably.

star 8.25
67 votes
Writers: Bennie R. Richburg Jr., Billy Van Zant, Jane Milmore, Myra J.
Beauty and the Beast

#17 - Beauty and the Beast

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 27, 1992

Martin gets in trouble with Gina when she listens in on his radio show and hears his insensitive remarks about women. When Martin gets home, Gina calls him into the bedroom, away from his friends Tommy and Cole. Martin gets chewed out, but give her attitude. So she threatens to leave him. Martin eventually gives in. But then Gina agrees to put on an act in front of Tommy and Cole by pretending that Martin won, if he attends a fancy dinner with her that night.

star 8.24
365 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: John Bowman
Whoomp! There It Ain't

#18 - Whoomp! There It Ain't

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 12, 1993

After Pam catches Martin and Gina sneaking out of her party to have quickie sex, Pam challenges them to see if they can abstain from having sex for two weeks. Martin and Gina decide to make a bet to see who will be the first one to give in to their primal urges. Martin tries lure Gina into giving in by using soft music & candles, but Gina wears her sexiest blue dress to entice Martin to give in.

star 8.24
92 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Cheryl Holliday
Goin' Overboard (2)

#19 - Goin' Overboard (2)

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 1997

Martin and the gang are on a cruise ship with The Love Boat characters. Martin is doomed to finish the trip without Gina, who missed the boat, and is stalked by a suicidal temptress. Tommy thinks that Pam is suddenly interested in Cole, after finding them in bed together.

star 8.23
26 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Michael Carrington
You've Got a Friend

#20 - You've Got a Friend

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 10, 1993

Gina starts to hang around with a new male friend. They go shopping together alot. Martin gets suspicious. So he threatens the guy and drives him away. But after getting rid of him, Martin realizes he made a mistake when Gina drags him along to shop for ladies shoes.

star 8.23
109 votes
Thanks for Nothing

#21 - Thanks for Nothing

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 21, 1993

Martin's crazy relatives and Gina's parents arrive at Martin's house for Thanksgiving dinner. When Mama Payne hears the news, she panics trying to get away fast, and jumps out of the window. Gina can only watch from the window as Mama Payne soars to the ground.

star 8.22
90 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Jacque Edmonds
Crunchy Drawers

#22 - Crunchy Drawers

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 17, 1994

Martin dreams he is attracted to Pam.

star 8.21
57 votes
Suspicious Minds

#23 - Suspicious Minds

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 16, 1994

Martin's new CD Walkman disappears. Stan convinces him that one of his friends must have taken it since they all have keys to his apartment. Martin goes around to each of his good friends and accuses them. Then it turns out he's wrong when the real taker of the Walkman innocently returns it to Martin.

star 8.20
114 votes
Old School Loving

#24 - Old School Loving

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 1995

Martin meets with Gina's boss, then gets her fired from the ad agency she's been working for. Now that Gina is unemployed, she spends her time rearranging the house, and painting the walls. So Martin tries to convince her boss to take her back.

star 8.19
54 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Samm-Art Williams
No Love Lost

#25 - No Love Lost

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired May 1, 1994

Martin and Gina fight just before going to their engagement party, which Snoop Doggy Dogg has crashed.

star 8.18
50 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Bentley Kyle Evans