The Cast of Martin: The Reunion Discuss the Legacy of Their Classic Sitcom

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‘For us to be honored in this way, I was over the moon,’ Martin Lawrence told ‘The Root‘.

BET+ gathered the remaining cast of Martin for a reunion show.

In its early days, the FOX network was a game-changing outsider. Its programming was young, fresh and catered to a more diverse audience than the traditional fare of ABC, NBC and CBS. During this time, one of the network’s biggest hits was Martin.

Starring stand-up comedian Martin Lawrence as a radio DJ/talk show host surrounded by a crazy group of friends, the show instantly became a crucial part of pop culture. Over the years, the comedy’s legend has grown and it’s now considered a classic.

And now, 30 years after it first premiered, BET+ got surviving cast members Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carl Anthony Payne back together for Martin: The Reunion, to reveal behind-the-scenes moments, explore the show’s legacy and honor late co-star Thomas Mikal Ford. While promoting the special Lawrence, Campbell, Arnold and Payne spoke to The Root about the fun of being back on set again and how they feel about the comedy now.

Learn what it took to make Martin: The Reunion happen.

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