The Royal Family (TV series)

The Royal Family (TV Series)

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The Royal Family is an American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Della Reese. The series was created and produced by Eddie Murphy (as part of a development deal with CBS), who had previously worked with Redd Foxx and Della Reese in the 1989 film Harlem Nights. It ran for one season on CBS from 1991-1992. The working title for the series was Chest Pains.


The series chronicled the lives of Atlanta mailman Alphonso "Al" Royal (Redd Foxx) and wife Victoria (Della Reese), who were anticipating peaceful retirement years, until marital problems brought an extended visit from their daughter Elizabeth (Mariann Aalda) and her three children: Kim (Sylver Gregory), Curtis (Larenz Tate) and Hilary (Naya Rivera).

Redd Foxx's death and aftermath

The series was intended to be a comeback vehicle for Foxx (best known for Sanford and Son), but on October 11, 1991, he suffered a fatal heart attack during rehearsals on the set. Having only completed seven episodes before his death, the producers opted to end the series. However, they ultimately decided to continue. Special promotions were run by CBS (run in memory of Foxx) stating "Like any family, The Royal Family will go on."

The producers immediately added Jackée Harry to the show as Victoria's younger sister Ruth, who moved in to help the family cope with the sudden loss of Al. The Royal Family then went on hiatus after...
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