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Critics are saying that Everybody Hates Chris is the best show of the fall 2005 season. In it, 13-year-old Chris is growing up in a strict working-class family with his two younger siblings, his penny-pinching dad and his loving but temperamental mother. To complicate matters, Chris must face the challenges of junior high—which is two hours away in a predominantly white neighborhood.
Oprah: How did you come up with the name [Everybody Hates Chris]?
Chris: [Everybody Loves Raymond] was going off the air. ... We had other names, like Rockfeld and Mad About Chris Rock.