There's so much to love about Rock's `Chris'

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September 22, 2005|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,sun television critic

Twenty-one years ago, NBC introduced a sitcom about an African-American family living in New York City to its Thursday night lineup, and within weeks, the network was on its way to dominating network comedy for 20 years. It seems all but impossible for any series in today's fragmented TV universe to duplicate the phenomenal success of The Cosby Show, but if there is an heir apparent to that landmark family show, it is Chris Rock's Everybody Hates Chris, premiering tonight at 8 on UPN.

Created by Rock and Ali LeRoi, an Emmy Award-winning writer on HBO's The Chris Rock Show, the smart and sweet sitcom chronicles Rock's life in 1982 when he was 13 and his family moved to an apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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