Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from 1978 to 1984, being born in 1965. Rock grew up with a boy named Kenny Montero, whom he has often referred to as the inspiration for a lot of the episodes. In many of his interviews, Rock has described Montero as the reason he got into comedy in the first place. The show's title parodies the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The show's lead actors are Tyler James Williams, Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim, and Vincent Martella.