In April 1990, the first episode of In Living Color aired on Fox TV changing the face and tone of television.
The half hour sketch show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans was called a Black Saturday Night Live for the hip-hop generation.
It ran at 9:30 Sunday night on Fox right after the networks two hit shows The Simpsons and Married with Children.
Thanks to that placement and hype around the show, 23 million viewers tuned in to the inaugural episode.
Nearly 30 years since In Living Color went off the air its impact can still be felt throughout today’s film and eco-system.
Resources used in this episode include: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/living-color-oral-history-fox-censors-spike-lees-disdain-1219192/
David Peisner, journalist and author of Homey Don’t Play That! The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution www.djpeisner.com
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