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


Roundhouse debuted as a part of the original SNICK lineup on Nickelodeon on August 15, 1992. 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.

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.

Episode format

Each episode revolved around the Anyfamily and their problems in daily life. At the end of the show, a cast member would say the line (in some various way) "Reprise the theme song and roll the credits," where the cast would sing the theme song a cappella followed by a dance while the credits roll. 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. Crystal Lewis and Shawn Daywalt were the principal vocalists for most of the songs in the first season. After Lewis left the show to pursue her career in Christian Contemporary Music, she was replaced by Lisa Vale, who left the series after Season 2; and was replaced by Amy Ehrlich, Jennifer Cihi and Shawn Munoz. Natasha Pearce became the principal vocalist for Season 4, but Vale returned for the fourth season as well.


The first season was shot on Stage 19 at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida. Remaining seasons were shot on Stage 4 at CBS Studio Center in Hollywood, California.

Broadcast history

  • Nickelodeon (original run, August 15, 1992-December 24, 1996; reruns, December 25-, 1996-June 26, 1999)
  • TeenNick (October 10, 2015-August 15, 2017)


YTV, in Canada, also aired the series during its initial run on Nickelodeon.

After the show ceased production in 1994, Nickelodeon itself last aired Roundhouse as part of their 20th anniversary celebration marathon on June 26, 1999. The show was never re-aired on The '90s Are All That, but eventually shown on The Splat block on TeenNick on October 10, 2015, and aired sporadically on the block afterward. To date, it has not aired on The Splat's successor, NickRewind.

Video releases

The show was never released by itself on VHS or DVD, but two episodes were included on the SNICK VHS tapes released by Sony Wonder in 1993. Nick Snicks Friendship contained "New Kid In Town", and Nick Snicks The Family contained "You Can't Fire Your Family".

Cast Members

John Crane interview in Nickelodeon Magazine, Holiday 1993.

Regular Cast

  • Julene Renee
  • John Crane
  • Seymour Willis Green
  • Micki Duran
  • Natalie Nucci
  • David Sidoni
  • Mark David
  • Alfred Carr, Jr.
  • Shawn Daywalt
  • Ivan Dudynsky

Additional Cast

  • Crystal Lewis (Season 1)
  • Lisa Vale (Seasons 2 and 4)
  • Dominic Lucero (Seasons 1 and 3)
  • Amy Ehrlich (Season 3)
  • Shawn Munoz (Season 3)
  • Jennifer Cihi (Season 3)
  • Bryan Anthony (Season 4)
  • David Nicoll (Season 4)
  • Natasha Pearce (Season 4)

Roundhouse 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

Main article: Roundhouse episode list

Season 1 (1992)

  1. New Kid in Town
  2. You Can't Fire Your Family
  3. Last One Picked
  4. School Daze
  5. First Date
  6. Abusement Park
  7. TV on Trial
  8. Meat Market
  9. The Clock Strikes Back
  10. Conflict
  11. Lifestyles
  12. The School Play
  13. What If?

Season 2 (1993)

  1. The Game of Popularity
  2. Environment
  3. Pets
  4. Step Family Feud
  5. In Trouble
  6. Independence
  7. Fears
  8. Best Friends
  9. And Baby Makes Three
  10. Summertime Blues
  11. Technobabble
  12. The Economy

Season 3 (1993-1994)

  1. Happy Holidays
  2. Women vs. Men
  3. Gang Violence
  4. Jealousy
  5. Talent
  6. Rock Stars
  7. Greed
  8. Prejudice
  9. Generation Gap
  10. Puberty
  11. Privacy
  12. Self-Esteem
  13. The Joke's On You
  14. Running Away
  15. Lies

Season 4 (1994-1996)

  1. The Big Quake
  2. Summer Camp
  3. Change
  4. Nobody's Perfect
  5. Dropout
  6. The History of Anyfamily - Part I
  7. The History of Anyfamily - Part II
  8. Justice
  9. Superstitions
  10. Stress and Success
  11. Obsession
  12. War & Peace
  13. Endings

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1993 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show Cast Winner
1994 Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Cable or Off Primetime Series Cast Nominated
1993 CableACE Award Original Song ("I Can Dream") Benny Hester and Buddy Sheffield Nominated
1995 Original Song ("Second Chance") Eric Hester Nominated
1994 Youth In Film Awards Best Original Song ("Can't Let Go")
1995 Ollie Award

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