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Where I Live

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This easygoing, low-key sitcom from ABC featured three black teenage buddies who hung out on a Harlem stoop (“the centre of the universe”), jived about sports and girls, and generally tried to figure out what life was all about.

Doug (Doug E. Doug) was the carefree centre of things, a hip 17-year-old in dreadlocks who was not as sure of himself as he looked.

Reggie (Flex Alexander) was the self-styled ladies’ man and Malcolm (Shaun Baker) the impulsive, opportunistic one.

Just when their plans got bigger than their hip, oversized threads, the clouds of reality would appear in the form of stern father James (Sullivan Walker) and sensible mother Marie (Lorraine Toussaint).

Meanwhile, Doug’s bookish 14-year-old sister Sharon (Yunoka Doyle) was kept busy fighting off the advances of pint-sized lothario Kwanzie (Jason Bose Smith).

Where I Live drew praise for its realistic characters and absence of the usual sitcom stereotypes. Despite disappointing ratings during the spring of 1993, fans (including Bill Cosby) persuaded ABC to give it a second chance in the fall.

By then, good-student Reggie had been accepted to a college and Doug, though no whiz at school, succumbed to family pressures and enrolled in a junior college.

Only Malcolm stayed behind, dropping out of school and working as a stock clerk.

Buried in a little-viewed Saturday-night time slot, the series died after just three more episodes.

Douglas St. Martin
Doug E. Doug
James St. Martin
Sullivan Walker
Marie St. Martin
Lorraine Toussaint
Sharon St. Martin
Yunoka Doyle
Reggie Coltrane
Flex Alexander
Shaun Baker
Jason Bose Smith
Alma Yvonne