Long before DL Hughley‘s parenting has been drawn into a back-and-forth with Mo’Nique, the comedian was one of the few to portray black fathers in a positive light on television.
In the ’90s, there were few black-starred sitcoms that portrayed families with involved fathers. With the exceptions of “Family Matters” and “Moesha,” shows that focused on middle-class black families have been a rarity among the myriad of stereotypically black tropes of broken families portrayed in the media.
Type The Hughleys. Starring Hughley, Elise Neal as his wife, and two child stars, Dee Jay Daniels and Ashley Monique Clark, the show followed a black family adjusting to their new upper-middle-class life in a predominantly white community in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. Hughley wrote and produced the show, which was loosely inspired by his real life.
Speaking to “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Kevin Frazier, Hughley said that knowing the show still has relevance two decades later is a testament to how well he clearly told a story with which so many people can identify with. “Well I’ve actually lived in Los Angeles all my life, I grew up here in LA and I didn’t even know white people lived here until I saw ‘The Price is Right,'” Hughley joked.
Opening up more about the show, which ran for four seasons between 1998 and 2002, Hughley shared that he “moved from LA to the West Hills, and I was — it was the first time I’ve lived with anyone who wasn’t black.” , but what I learned was that it was a community and we all started together.” He continued, “I was telling these stories to my manager, and one day he said, ‘This is a show,'” like the sitcom for carry came.
Taking to social media, the accomplished author said: “Playing an iconic TV dad was an amazing opportunity and has opened so many doors, it’s an experience I will never forget but nothing quite compares to being a dad to my three To be inspirations for the show.” The post, which has thousands of likes on IG, included tags for his daughters Ryan and Tyler, as well as his son Kyle.
Hughley’s TV wife, Neal, was also fond of the show’s impact in a comment, which read: “This is beautiful!!! And deserve what you’ve created, brother!! I know you don’t want to say that’s what the show was, but it was GROUND-BREAKING MUST WATCH TV, Happy Father’s Days! @realdlhughley”
Other fans mentioned that they never “missed an episode” and that it was their favorite. And although years have passed since the ‘King of Comedy’ has starred in a TV show, he has shared that he is again ready to show off his acting skills on the small screen with a reboot of ‘The Hughleys’.
“We have a deal with Fox and are working on the second script, which will be a different version of who I am now,” he said. “You know, like with a gay daughter who gets married and an autistic son who likes white women and a controversial radio show. I have to have something to say and that lets me feel the creative drive that ‘The Hughleys’ had.”
Speaking of controversy, the standup comedian found himself in a heated argument with the comedian Mo’Nique after a discrepancy during a May 28 performance in Detroit. The ‘The Parkers’ actress publicly attacked Hughley’s reputation, his ability to protect his daughters and more in multiple social media posts, including an IG Live one.
At one point, Hughley’s eldest daughter, Ryan, deeply offended that her sister’s sexual trauma was thrown into the feud, interjected to admonish Mo’Nique for being “deliberately mean and hurtful to two unrelated Black women.” to do with this conversation”.
The comedian issued a public apology to Hughley’s children and his wife, though she claimed she meant every word she said about her brother in the comedy.
https://atlantablackstar.com/2022/06/24/d-l-hughley-reflects-on-his-iconic-tv-dad-role-on-the-hughleys-says-a-reboot-is-in-the-works-which-will-be-another-version-of-who-i-am-now/ DL Hughley reflects on his role as ‘iconic TV dad’ on ‘The Hughleys’, says a reboot is in the works that ‘will be a different version of who I am now’