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Roundhouse is an Americanmarker sketch comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from August 15, 1992 through January 27, 1996.

Background

Roundhouse debuted as a part of the original SNICK lineup on Nickelodeon in 1992 and continued airing on the network through 1996.

Buddy Sheffield, a former In Living Color writer, and Rita Sheffield Hester created and produced the series. Recording artist Benny Hester was the music producer as well as co-producer of the series. They titled the show in reference to the roundhouses used by train companies to redirect railroad cars in any direction. This was in line with the show's theme song, in which the characters stated "we can go anywhere from here". In addition, the set for the show mirrored the interior of a roundhouse.

Episode format

Each episode revolved around the Anyfamily and their problems in daily life. The half-hour show, taped in front of a visible live audience, was broken up into sketches, dance sequences, and musical performances by both cast members and the house band. All music used on the show was written specifically for Roundhouse.

Dominic Lucero

Following the first season, cast member Dominic Lucero was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He left the show for treatment, returning for several episodes in the show's third season. One month before the show's final episode was taped, Lucero died on July 1, 1994 at the age of 26. At Lucero's request, his illness was never mentioned on television. The final show, however, was dedicated to his memory. Despite his absence, Dominic's name remained in the opening and closing credits throughout all four seasons of the show.

Sets

The first season was filmed on Stage 18 at Nickelodeon Studiosmarker in Orlando, Floridamarker. Remaining seasons were shot at CBS Studio Centermarker in Hollywood, Californiamarker.

Syndication

YTV in Canada also aired the series during its initial run on Nickelodeon. After the show ceased production in 1994, reruns aired on both BET and MTV.

VHS and DVD

The show has never been released on home video or DVD, although two episodes were released in SNICK compilation videos. It is currently listed on Amazon, albeit without a release date.

Cast

  • Alfred Carr Jr.
  • John Crane
  • Mark David
  • Shawn Daywalt
  • Ivan Dudynsky
  • Micki Duran
  • Seymour Willis Green
  • Natalie Nucci
  • Juleen Renee
  • David Sidoni
  • Crystal Lewis (Season 1)
  • Dominic Lucero (Seasons 1 and 3)
  • Lisa Vale (Seasons 2 and 4)
  • Jennifer Cihi (Season 3)
  • Amy Ehrlich (Season 3)
  • Shawn Munoz (Season 3)
  • Bryan Anthony (Season 4)
  • David Nicoll (Season 4)
  • Natasha Pearce (Season 4)


House band

  • Jack Kelly - drums
  • John Pena - bass
  • James Raymond - keyboards
  • Marty Walsh - guitar
  • Will MacGregor - bass (Season 3)
  • Abe Laboriel Jr. - drums (Season 4)
  • Kevin Jackson - trombone (Season 3, Episode 2)


Episode guide

Season 1

  • New Kid in Town (Pilot)
  • You Can't Fire Your Family
  • Last One Picked
  • School Daze
  • First Date
  • Abusement Park
  • TV on Trial
  • Meat Market
  • The Clock Strikes Back
  • Conflict
  • Lifestyles
  • The School Play
  • What If?


Season 2

  • The Game of Popularity
  • Environment
  • Pets
  • Step Family Feud
  • In Trouble
  • Independence
  • Fears
  • Best Friends
  • And Baby Makes Three
  • Summertime Blues
  • Technobabble
  • The Economy


Season 3

  • Happy Holidays
  • Women vs. Men
  • Gang Violence
  • Jealousy
  • Talent
  • Rock Stars
  • Greed
  • Prejudice
  • Generation Gap
  • Puberty
  • Privacy
  • Self-Esteem
  • The Joke's On You
  • Running Away
  • Lies


Season 4

  • The Big Quake
  • Summer Camp
  • Change
  • Nobody's Perfect
  • Dropout
  • The History of Anyfamily - Part I
  • The History of Anyfamily - Part II
  • Justice
  • Superstitions
  • Stress and Success
  • Obsession
  • War & Peace
  • Endings


Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Recipient
1993 Winner Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show Cast
1994 Nominated Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Cable or Off Primetime Series Cast
1993 Nominated CableACE Award Original Song ("I Can Dream") Benny Hester and Buddy Sheffield
1995 Nominated Original Song ("Second Chance") Eric Hester
1993 Won CableACE Award Original Song ("I Can Dream") Benny Hester and Buddy Sheffield
1994 Won Youth In Film Awards Best Original Song ("Can't Let Go") Benny Hester, Marty Walsh, Frank Musker
19?? Won Ollie Award Excellence In Television Programming For America's Children
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