Marlon (TV series)

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Genre Sitcom
Created by Christopher Moynihan
Marlon Wayans
Composer(s) Dwayne Wayans
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release August 16, 2017 – present

Marlon is an American comedy television series that stars Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor, Amir O'Neil, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle. On May 13, 2016, it was ordered to series.[1] The series premiered on August 16, 2017, on NBC.[2]

On September 28, 2017, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[3]


Despite their inability to coexist, divorced couple Marlon Wayne and his ex-wife Ashley try to stay friends for the sake of their two children, Marley and Zack.

The premise of the show is loosely based on Wayans' own life.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]


Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Andy Ackerman Story by : Christopher Moynihan & Marlon Wayans
Teleplay by : Christopher Moynihan
August 16, 2017 (2017-08-16) 5.27[5]
Internet star Marlon Wayne (Marlon Wayans) and ex-wife Ashley (Essence Atkins) try to become friends for their kids' sake following their divorce. Ashley's friend Yvette (Bresha Webb) tries to set her up on her first date since the split, which makes Marlon jealous. Meanwhile, Marley encounters a bully at school and gets questionable advice from Dad on how to handle it.
2 "Cleaning Out The Closet" Robbie Countryman Craig Wayans & Mitchell Marchand August 16, 2017 (2017-08-16) 4.05[5]
Ashley receives news that she is being evicted from the storage facility that she and Marlon share, but discovers that Marlon had not cleaned it out following their divorce. Ashley, Yvette and Stevie (Diallo Riddle) think Marlon is becoming a hoarder, and hold an intervention for him.
3 "Boys Only Want One Thing" Phill Lewis Ric Swartzlander August 23, 2017 (2017-08-23) 4.59[6]
Marlon becomes an overprotective father when Marley brings home Eugene (Christopher Meyer), a handsome 15-year old football player, for a study date. Despite Ashley's advice to stay out of it, Marlon suspects that Eugene is just playing on Marley's affections to help him pass a geometry test, and that he will break her heart after.
4 "Exes with Benefits" Eric Dean Seaton Teri Schaffer & Raynelle Swilling August 23, 2017 (2017-08-23) 3.68[6]
During a game of "Have You Ever...", it's revealed that Marlon and Ashley have never had sex since their divorce, which surprises Yvette. Ashley thinks it might be fun to try, but Stevie warns Marlon that it could rekindle Ashley's desire for a relationship. On the night of the hookup, Marlon realizes he didn't consider how this could affect his own feelings.
5 "Project Kids" Phill Lewis Craig Wayans & Mitchell Marchand August 30, 2017 (2017-08-30) 5.12[7]
Ashley shows Marlon their kids high priced phone and Internet bills. Fearing that they don't appreciate what they have, Marlon tries to teach the kids his "old school" ways by making them live like he did while growing up in the projects.
6 "Surprises" Eric Dean Seaton Britt Matt & Julian Kiani August 30, 2017 (2017-08-30) 3.84[7]
After Ashley insists she doesn't want a surprise party for her 40th birthday, she reveals she wants to have breast augmentation surgery, causing Marlon to try and talk her out of it. Meanwhile, Stevie begins to torment Yvette about guessing her age.
7 "Hospital Party" Robbie Countryman Regina Hicks September 6, 2017 (2017-09-06) 4.98[8]
When Zack prepares for minor surgery, Marlon and Ashley have polar opposite ways to help him cope with it. Ashley begins to get annoyed with Marlon when he goes over the top.
8 "Coach Marlon" Phill Lewis Teri Schaffer & Raynelle Swilling September 6, 2017 (2017-09-06) 3.57[8]
During Zack's basketball game, Marlon tries psychological tactics to cover for the fact that his team isn't very talented, but this backfires. Meanwhile, Ashley determines that Marlon does not respect boundaries when she finds out that he's been sleeping at her house instead of his, and she revokes his house key.
9 "Appropriate Marlon" Phill Lewis Ryan Noggle September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13) 4.89[9]
Marlon believes he can act appropriately to help Ashley get into a social club that prefers couples. Stevie fits in perfectly among the bourgeois clients at the club, which surprises Yvette.
10 "End of the Road" Andrew D. Weyman Aseem Batra September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13) 3.63[9]

Ashley is perplexed when Marlon still wants to celebrate the anniversary of their first date, even after their divorce. After some arguing, the two mutually agree that they should make the date a celebration of their family.

Special Guests: Boyz II Men


Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 50% approval rating with an average rating of 5.3/10 based on 10 reviews.[10]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" August 16, 2017 1.3/5 5.28[5] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Cleaning Out The Closet" August 16, 2017 1.0/4 4.05[5] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Boys Only Want One Thing" August 23, 2017 1.1/5 4.59[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Exes with Benefits" August 23, 2017 1.0/4 3.68[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Project Kids" August 30, 2017 1.1/5 5.12[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Surprises" August 30, 2017 0.9/4 3.84[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Hospital Party" September 6, 2017 1.2/5 4.98[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Coach Marlon" September 6, 2017 0.9/4 3.57[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Appropriate Marlon" September 13, 2017 1.2/5 4.89[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "End of the Road" September 13, 2017 1.0/4 3.63[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Holloway, Daniel (May 13, 2016). "Tina Fey's 'Great News,' Marlon Wayans' 'Marlon' Picked Up to Series at NBC". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Pedersen, Erik (March 17, 2017). "NBC Sets Summer Premieres: 'Marlon,' 'Midnight, Texas,' 'Carmichael Show,' Reality & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 28, 2017). "'Marlon' Renewed For Season 2 By NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "NBC-WNBC, NBC-WVIT, 9:00 p.m. Marlon". Record-Journal (Meriden, Connecticut). August 23, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Porter, Rick (August 17, 2017). "'Masterchef' adjusts up, 'The F Word' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d Porter, Rick (August 24, 2017). "'Big Brother' adjusts up, 'Marlon' and 'Salvation' adjust down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d Porter, Rick (August 31, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' and 'Marlon' adjust down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d Porter, Rick (September 8, 2017). "'Big Brother' adjusts up, 'Marlon' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Porter, Rick (September 15, 2017). "'America's Got Talent' adjusts up, 'Midnight, Texas' adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Marlon: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. August 19, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 

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