ABOUT THE SHOW
The Steve Harvey Show is an American sitcom that aired for six seasons from August 25, 1996 to February 17, 2002 on The WB Television Network. It was created by Winifred Hervey and directed by Stan Lathan.
Steve Hightower (Steve Harvey) is a has-been 1970s funk legend who is now a music teacher/Vice-principal at Booker T. Washington High School on Chicago's West Side. Budget cutbacks meant Steve also had to teach drama and art, much to his surprise. Cedric Robinson (Cedric the Entertainer) is a coach at the high school, and Steve's long-time best friend. The principal of Booker T. Washington High is Steve's former classmate, Regina Grier (Wendy Raquel Robinson), who Steve affectionately calls "Piggy", due to the fact that she was overweight as an adolescent.
Steve seemingly meets his match in a pair of his students: Romeo Santana (Merlin Santana), a stylish, popular, self-absorbed ladies' man, and the equally vacuous Stanley Kuznocki, nicknamed Bullethead (William Lee Scott).
In 1997, the show introduced a new character, a secretary named Lovita Jenkins (Terri J. Vaughn), a woman who is fundamentally good in nature, but nonetheless, considerably unrefined in terms of disposition. Cedric and Lovita begin dating, and eventually marry and produce a child. The show also featured a succession of young actresses who served as female foils to Romeo and Bullethead; the longest-lasting of these was Lori Beth Denberg as the overachieving, socially inept Lydia Gutman. Rapper The Lady of Rage also had a recurring role as Coretta "The Ox" Cox, a physically massive, brutish teenaged girl in romantic pursuit of Romeo. She would also call Bullethead a "broke Brad Pitt" whenever he annoyed her, but would usually refer to Lydia as "Linda", or "Lucy" (correctly calling her "Lydia" only once).
Steve was part of a fictional singing group called "Steve Hightower and the High Tops," who would temporarily reunite to perform on occasion (the spelling of "High Tops" appears on a promotional poster that hangs on Steve's wall). The members consisted of Steve, T-Bone (played by T.K. Carter, later by Don 'D.C.' Curry), Pretty Tony (played by Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers), and Clyde (played by Jonathan Slocumb). Two of their signature songs (performed several times on the show) were "When the Funk Hits the Fan," and "Break Me Off a Piece of That Funk." Though Cedric was not an original member of the group, he usually sang with them on several events.
A few other recurring characters throughout the series included Cedric's grandmother named "Grandma Puddin'" (played by Cedric the Entertainer) and Regina's boyfriend, former NFL star Warrington Steele (played by Dorien Wilson). Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell appeared in several episodes as "Junior" and "Vincent." Wayne Wilderson portrayed Byron, a "bougie" type character who was a TV producer and a member of the Onyx Club (a professional men's group that Steve and Cedric tried to join). Dwayne Adway played Jordan Maddox, a professional basketball player who was briefly married to Regina before dying during their honeymoon. Ernest Lee Thomas made a couple of appearances as the Reverend who eulogized Maddox, and who married Cedric and Lovita.
- Steve Harvey – Steven "Steve" Hightower
- Cedric the Entertainer – Cedric Jackie Robinson
- Merlin Santana – Romeo Santana
- William Lee Scott – Stanley "Bullethead" Kuznocki
- Wendy Raquel Robinson – Principal Regina Grier-Maddox
- Terri J. Vaughn – Lovita Alizé Jenkins-Robinson (1997–2002)
- Tracy Vilar – Sophia Ortiz (1996–1997)
- Netfa Perry – Sara (1996–1997)
- Ariyan A. Johnson – Aisha (1997–1998)
- Lori Beth Denberg – Lydia Liza Guttman (1998–2002)
- Kel Mitchell – Vincent (1996–1999)
- Kenan Thompson – Junior (1996–1999)
- T. K. Carter – T-Bone (1996–1999)
- Ronald Isley – Pretty Tony (1996–2001)
- Jonathan Slocumb – Clyde (1996–2001)
- The Lady of Rage – Coretta "The Ox" Cox (1997–2000; credited during season 4 episodes as "Robin Yvette")
- Wayne Wilderson – Byron (1998–2001)
- Dorien Wilson – Warrington Steele (1998–1999)
- Samm Levine – Arthur Rabinowitz (2001)
- Don "D.C." Curry – T-Bone (1999–2001)
- Dwayne Adway – Jordan Maddox (2000)
Special Guest Appearances
- Teena Marie
- Jerry Springer
- Bow Wow
- Jermaine Dupri
- Teddy Riley
- Snoop Dogg
- Sean Combs
- Kim Fields
- Isabel Sanford
- Judge Greg Mathis
- Antonio Fargas
- Busta Rhymes
- Brian McKnight
- Nikki Cox
- Boris Kodjoe
- Gabrielle Union
- Bumper Robinson