Everybody Hates Chris: Ending Explained & Plot Summary

Everybody Hates Chris: Ending Explained
Everybody Hates Chris.

Everybody Hates Chris dropped its first season in 2005. The show became quite popular as more and more people tuned in to watch the sitcom inspired by the teenage years of the comedian Chris Rock. The series was created by Chris Rock himself and Ali LeRoi. The show was nominated for a Golden Globe and several Emmys. Everybody Hates Chris is known for its writing and humor and has a knack for making its viewers tear up with laughter. The series finale premiered in 2009 and ended with a cliffhanger. However, that was its last season, as the show was canceled after that. Hence, here we have Everybody Hates Chris: Ending Explained.

The show was initially made for Fox, but after they passed, it was picked up by UPN and later moved to The C.W. The show starred Tyler James Williams, Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim, and Vincent Martella. Chris Rock later announced that the series matched his past and that it was time for it to end.


The story revolves around a teenage boy, who is the oldest of three children living in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982. The boy, Chris, played by Tyler James Williams, turned thirteen, and the series shows him going through his adolescent years. Chris aspires to be a “cool teenager” and he moves with his family from the projects to a different neighborhood. As he is the oldest, it is his responsibility to take care of his brother and sister, Drew and Tonya, played by Tequan Richmond and Imani Hakim, respectively, while his parents are at work. Chris struggles to compete with his siblings as his brother is taller and more confident than him and his sister gets all their parent’s attention.

Everybody Hates Chris: Ending Explained
Everybody Hates Chris Cast.

As they have financial troubles, his father, Julius, played by Terry Crews, works numerous jobs to support the family. While his sassy mother, Rochelle, played by Tichina Arnold, is very strict as she runs the household on a tight budget and works part-time at a small real estate office. With his mother determined to put him in a good school, Chris is enrolled in Corleone Junior High in the Italian neighborhood of South Shore, where he has to take multiple buses every day to reach. Despite him being a target for bullies, Chris makes new friends, like Greg, also a target for bullies. The show shines a light on the fact that Chris’ wit and charm are going to take him places. But before he does, he has to go through all the trials and tribulations of being a teenager who has the added responsibility of taking care of his siblings.

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Everybody Hates Chris: Ending Explained

Everybody Hates Chris: Ending Explained

Years later, the show is still adored by fans. As fans still have an unanswered, after the show ended on a cliffhanger, years later, the star of the show Tyler James Williams, finally answered it. In the series finale, Chris was at the end of his sophomore year. Due to his multiple bus changes, Chris was late for school most of the time. Despite him being caught up with his schoolwork, he was told that he might have to repeat the year because of his tardiness. He ultimately failed at improving his punctuality and could not move on to the next grade. Chris decided to then drop out instead of repeating the year.

He then decided to get a G.E.D. so that he could get a decent job. He took the test, and the series finale ended with his mother opening the results as he waited for her to tell him. After which, the show was canceled, and fans never actually got to know whether he passed. Years later, Williams did a Q&A on his Twitter, where he was asked whether Chris passed or not. Tyler confirmed that he did pass, he dropped out of High School, got his G.E.D., and worked odd jobs before making his way as a comedian. Tyler also said that there had been a few talks about a reboot, but it has not been possible yet because of the busy schedules of the actors.