Wanda at Large

Wanda at Large is an American sitcom that ran for two seasons on the Fox network in 2003. The series was created by and stars comedian Wanda Sykes. This was also the first show to be created, written, produced and star a black woman.

Wanda at Large
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Created byBruce Helford
Les Firestein
Wanda Sykes
Lance Crouther
Written byLance Crouther
Barton Dean
Les Firestein
Jennifer Fisher
Alyson Fouse
Brian Hargrove
Bruce Helford
Jack Lugar
Jack Kenny
Patrick Meighan
Sue Murphy
Dino Shorte
Wanda Sykes
Directed byJohn Blanchard
Gerry Cohen
Leonard R. Garner Jr.
Katy Garretson
Shelley Jensen
Bob Koherr
Lee Shallat Chemel
StarringWanda Sykes
Phil Morris
Dale Godboldo
Tammy Lauren
Jurnee Smollett
Robert Bailey Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19
Executive producer(s)Les Firestein
Brian Hargrove
Bruce Helford
Jack Kenny
Deborah Oppenheimer
Producer(s)Michael Attanasio
Jennifer Fisher
Ernest Johnson
Lisa Koontz
Wanda Sykes
CinematographyGregg Heschong
Julius Metoyer
Editor(s)Larry Harris
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Original networkFox
Picture format1080i HDTV
Original releaseMarch 26 (2003-03-26) –
November 7, 2003 (2003-11-07)
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Sykes starred as Wanda Hawkins, a former government worker who decides to become a stand-up comedian. Though she has struggled throughout her time in comedy, she is tapped by Roger, the boss of WHDC-TV, to be an editorial correspondent for a political talk show The Beltway Gang .[1] Her friend Keith, played by Dale Godboldo, is tapped as the producer of Wanda's segments. She is immediately seen as unprofessional and inexperienced by the show's moderators, Bradley and Rita. However, she begins to win them over as the show progresses. At home, Wanda must deal with her widowed sister-in-law, Jenny, who is raising two children, Holly and Barris.



Season 1 (2003)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"Gerry CohenBruce Helford & Les Firestein & Wanda Sykes & Lance CroutherMarch 26, 2003 (2003-03-26)
22"King Rat"John BlanchardSue MurphyApril 2, 2003 (2003-04-02)
33"Wanda & Bradley"John BlanchardLance CroutherApril 9, 2003 (2003-04-09)
44"Wanda's Party"Bob KoherrDino Shorte & Jack LugarApril 16, 2003 (2003-04-16)
55"Death of a Councilman"TBATBAApril 23, 2003 (2003-04-23)
66"Alma Mater"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Barton DeanApril 30, 2003 (2003-04-30)

Season 2 (2003)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
71"The Favor"Lee Shallat ChemelLance CroutherSeptember 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)
82"Where's Roger?"Bob KoherrJack Kenny & Brian HargroveSeptember 26, 2003 (2003-09-26)
93"Bradley Has a Friend"Lee Shallat ChemelJack Kenny & Brian HargroveOctober 3, 2003 (2003-10-03)
104"Leave Your Daughter at Home Day"TBAJennifer FisherOctober 17, 2003 (2003-10-17)
115"They Shoot Reporters, Don't They?"Katy GarretsonDino ShorteOctober 31, 2003 (2003-10-31)
126"Hurricane Hawkins"Shelley JensenAlyson FouseOctober 31, 2003 (2003-10-31)
137"Clowns to the Left of Me"Bob KoherrWanda SykesNovember 7, 2003 (2003-11-07)
148"Back to the Club"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Sue MurphyNovember 7, 2003 (2003-11-07)
159"Did Wanda Say a 4-Letter Word?"Bob KoherrLance CroutherUnaired
1610"Only Built for Cuban Wandas"Bob KoherrLance CroutherUnaired
1711"The Plane Trip"Bob KoherrJennifer FisherUnaired
1812"The Un-Natural"Linda MendozaPatrick MeighanUnaired
1913"Twas the Knife Before Christmas"Bob KoherrAlyson FouseUnaired

Note: The unaired second-season episodes were aired for the first time on TV One on July 4, 2006, during the 4th of July launch marathon of the series.[citation needed]

Production and cancellationEdit

The show was filmed from October 2001 to June 2002, and was intended to have only one season – it was picked up by The WB, and was to premiere on August 18, 2002 as a replacement for The WB series For Your Love. However, Fox picked up the show instead of The WB, and it premiered on Fox on March 26, 2003 but did not see the show doing anything for the WB network.

Fox renewed the show for a second season. The show returned with new episodes in September 2003, but in the so-called Friday night death slot at 8:30 pm. It was canceled on November 7, along with the new Fox comedy series Luis.

During an interview with the Urbanite magazine at Georgia State University, Sykes explained that the show was only supposed to be on Friday night for an interim basis. According to Sykes, "We were told if the new night didn't work out, we would be moved to another timeslot. But, that's part of the game television execs play." She also admitted in a January 2004 interview that she wished that the series would have launched on UPN instead of Fox.[2]

Broadcast and syndicationEdit

Reruns began airing regularly on July 5, 2006 on United States cable channel TV One. A marathon aired on July 4 as part of the channel's "Power to the People" July 4 weekend celebration.



Wanda at Large premiered on Fox on March 26, 2003, following American Idol. It gradually decreased in the ratings, premiering with 14.3 million viewers, and diminishing to 10 million by the season finale. It still averaged 12.2 million for the six-episode season, however, making it the fourth highest-rated show on Fox that year out of 26, and leading Fox to renew the show. Its first-season finale aired in April 2003. In September, the show returned with new episodes in the Friday night death slot at 8:30 pm.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2004 BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Wanda at Large Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Wanda Sykes Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Wanda Skyes Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Show Wanda at Large Nominated
Choice TV Breakout Star - Female Wanda Sykes Nominated
Choice TV Actress - Comedy Wanda Sykes Nominated


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1280. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Huff, Dominique (2006-04-13). "Wanda does Urbanite". gsusignal.com. Retrieved 2009-03-18.

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