In Everybody Hates Chris, inspired by his childhood experiences, comedian Chris Rock narrates the hilarious, touching story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three children in Brooklyn, New York, during the early 1980's. Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bused into a predominantly white middle school two hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris (Tyler James Williams) struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This responsible resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his everyday trials and traumas in UPN's new single-camera comedy "Everybody Hates Chris".
1982 was the year that Chris turned 13. Filled with dreams that being a teenager would be really cool, Chris' entry into adolescence is turning out to be less idyllic. Moved from the projects to the tough "Bed-Stuy" neighborhood of Brooklyn, Chris is still stuck in his older brother role. As the family's "emergency adult," he's responsible for taking care of Drew (Tequan Richmond), his taller, more assured brother, and Tonya (Imani Hakim), the baby of the family, when his parents are working.
His rugged, cost-conscious father Julius (Terry Crews) works multiple jobs to support the family. Meanwhile, his strict, sassy mother Rochelle (Tichina Arnold), who works part-time in a small realty office and runs the household on a tight budget, while demanding the best for her children.
With his mother determined to see him in a good school, Chris grudgingly faces numerous bus transfers each day to attend Corleone Junior High in the fiercely Italian neighboring South Shore. Despite being an instant target for bullies, Chris' inherent charm and sharp wit enable him to make new friends at school, such as Greg (Vincent Martella), another smart, nice kid who can't fight.
As Chris Rock pointedly reflects back, his younger self is set to discover what his family already knows--Chris' sharp, scrappy nature is going to take him places. But first, he's going to have to think, talk or run his way through one growing experience after another.
Chris tries his best not to be tardy for school today, because if he does he will be forced to repeat 10th grade. Meanwhile, Drew enters the Apollo talent contest, but discovers he has no talent.