is an American drama
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series about Eddie Sutton, a Mission Vista police officer
A police officer is a warranted employee of a police force...
who moves his family back to his old neighborhood, Lincoln Heights, to start a new life and to help out his old neighborhood. It is a dangerous place to raise a family, and through the many trials the family goes through, they soon learn that settling in is not as easy as it seems. While Officer Sutton struggles to cope with every day life as a street cop in Los Angeles, his kids try to fit in at their new schools and with their new neighbors.
The show premiered January 8, 2007 on the ABC Family
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network with 13 episodes ordered for the first season. It was approved for a second season, which premiered September 4, 2007. Vanessa Hudgens' song, Say OK
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had been used in a commercial to promote the second season. To promote the third season, they showed clips of Cassie and Charles's relationship to the song, Crush
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by the American Idol's seventh season runner-up, David Archuleta
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. To promote season 4, they're using the song, Avalanche
by Marie Digby
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. The show's theme song was written and performed by bassist Stanley Clarke
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and singer-songwriter Blaire Reinhard
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On January 29, 2010, ABC Family announced the cancellation of the series after four seasons.
LAPD police officer Eddie Sutton moves back to his old neighborhood with his wife, his two daughters and son, but the adjustments and danger they encounter there soon lead him to wonder whether he made the right decision. Eddie becomes concerned for his eldest daughter, Cassie, when she develops strong feelings for Charles, a new student. The Sutton's worries for their children increase when their second daughter, Lizzie, gets kidnapped. Meanwhile, Officer Sutton encounters various problems at work as he joins in the hunt for drug ringleader, Bishop. The Suttons soon decide to reexamine their decision and an unexpected letter throws everything into chaos. Lizzie makes some questionable new friends in school and the Sutton's son, Tay, befriends Johnny, who appears to be in love with Lizzie.
Season two starts with the first day of school. There is a race-riot, which starts at Cassie's high school and separates her from Charles. The riot spills onto the streets of Lincoln Heights; from Jenn's nurse clinic, to Eddie's police job, to Lizzie & Tay's middle school. Lizzie, Tay and Tay's best friend, Johnny, lock themselves in the computer lab and later find they can't get out. Eddie and a young kid point their weapons at each other and the kid shoots Eddie in the leg. Lund fires a shot at the kid and hits him in the shoulder. Jenn manages to patch up all the patients, including her husband. Charles reunites with Cassie and Lizzie, Tay and Johnny get freed. Lizzie and Johnny start a relationship. Lizzie visits Boa, her ex-kidnapper, and baby-sits his niece, who ends up going to Social Child Services. Lund's new teenage daughter, Sage, starts at Cassie's high school and the two strike up a friendship. Unfortunately their relationship crumbles when they get pulled over while driving Sage's mother's car. The police find drugs in the car and Eddie and Lund interrogate their daughters. Sage claims the drugs belong to Cassie, but Cassie refuses to take the fall for it. Tay starts his music career, but he gets into trouble with his parents about it. Cassie & Charles' relationship intensifies, but Cassie wants to know more about Charles' step-dad, who finished his prison sentence and is now back in his mother's life. Eddie notices the tension and tries to help. Jenn quits her job at the hospital and starts work at a local clinic. Cassie finds a job at the coffee shop and becomes attracted to Luc, the boss of the place and a producer for local R&B artists. Charles is jealous and breaks up with her, thinking he is holding her back. Cassie starts a relationship with Luc, and Sage starts a relationship with Charles. Tay is introduced to a girl he likes and is also introduced to the world of alcohol and rehab. Eddie's father comes home and starts a relationship with the late's Reverend's wife. Eddie's father, Spencer, finds the man who gunned down his wife and Eddie's mother when Eddie was thirteen. The murderer was a man who worked with Jenn and was friends with Tay. Spencer seeks revenge. Charles and Sage get into a serious car accident in the end of the season.
The third season of Lincoln Heights
premiered on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Eddie and Jen's relationship becomes stronger as living in the Heights gets harder. Lizzie gets accepted to a new school under a scholarship. Dana tells Eddie that she has a son named Nate. Tay's career of being a singer is working out great, but he ends up getting into trouble because of it. Charles proposes to Cassie, who originally says yes but then starts to question herself. They both eventually decide to pledge eternal friendship to one another. Sage recovers from her coma, and later runs for prom queen and wins. Charles is voted Prom King. Mac, Charles' step-father, attempts to kidnap Cassie outside of the prom but fails when Tay stops him. Lizzie's best friend, Johnny Nightingale is killed by a hit and run driver. His loss causes Lizzie to fall into a depression. Feeling guilty over Johnny's death, she pulls away from Devin Kingston, whose father, the new Reverend, seems to be against the Sutton family. Cassie and Charles have sex on the school's stage, set up for a Romeo and Juliet play. They end up being filmed by someone who was watching. Cassie later worries that she is pregnant, but later finds out it was a false alarm. Lincoln Heights is suddenly hit by a massive earthquake. Nate is trapped under a large beam in the Sutton home. Eddie tries to help him out and questions Nate about the father he never knew in order to distract him from the pain. Charles' stepfather, Mac, is killed during the earthquake when a massive refrigerator falls on him. He is conscious, barely, but Charles refuses to help him. Cassie is scared and uncertain, but Mac dies before they decide to help him. Eddie and Jen later find out that Nate is Eddie's son. Jen is devastated by this news and struggles to cope in this difficult situation. Many homes are damaged by the earthquake and fires have broken out all over Lincoln Heights, including at the Sutton home. They quickly gather what they can and leave as quickly as possible.
The fourth season of Lincoln Heights
premiered on Monday September 14, 2009 with 10 new episodes. The season starts with Charles and Cassie being charged for the murder of Charles' stepfather. There was not enough evidence, so the case was closed. But immediately afterward, the police check both Charles' and Cassie's homes for the stolen money that Charles has, but the money is safely stashed. Lizzie finds trouble when she is encouraged to join a community club. She starts rumors about a schoolmate and then apologizes and quits the club. Meanwhile, Charles discovers he received a letter from his father fifteen years ago, which his mother kept from him. After obtaining his father's phone number, the two talk and decide to meet. Charles asks Cassie to go with him, but her parents forbid her. She ignores them and instead sneaks out to join Charles and the spend the night with him. Cassie leaves the following morning to face her angry parents, but Charles decides to stay in order to get to know his family. Lizzie makes friends with a Mexican boy while at a community recreation center. He gets very attached to Lizzie, and agrees to let Lizzie take his special bear home to fix after another boy, who picks on him, tears it. While walking home alone, Lizzie gets attacked by a man who is after the teddy bear because of the drugs concealed in it.
Cassie finds out that Charles has kept yet another secret from her, which causes him to lose Cassie's trust. To cope with the pain, she decides to go to a popular club with Sage, Sage's boyfriend and Serge, who likes Cassie. While at the club, Cassie goes to the bathroom only to find Serge waiting for her. He tries to touch her, but she kicks him in the crotch. Meanwhile, Lizzie leaves the Outreach dance early after Andrew tries to kiss her during a song which brings back memories of Johnny. The next day, she seeks Andrew out to apologize for leaving early and to explain why. They end up sharing a kiss. The next episode starts out with a surprise visit from Grandpa, who develops a serious crush on the female pastor. He is devastated when he finds out she is engaged to former pastor, Deacon Jones. Lizzie invites Andrew to meet her family, including her Grandfather, who does not appear to be pleased with his Granddaughter's new boyfriend. Later on, Cassie and Charles's relationship could be getting weaker. Charles's brother, Travis, visits where they get into serious trouble. Lizzie furthers her deep relationship with Andrew by including him in family activities. During the game, called "Name That Bible Verse", things start to get a little out of hand. Deacon Jones accuses Lizzie of cheating and Grandpa embarrasses Lizzie by reacting aggressively. However, Eddie manages to calm things down before they get violent. The next day, Lizzie and Andrew are having a private moment on the staircase when Grandpa's crush appears at the door. He apologizes for "flying off the handle" the previous night. She explains that she and Deacon Jones broke up because she feels like she was with the wrong man. Grandpa and the pastor share a passionate kiss, watched by Andrew and Lizzie. Tay meets his idol, Trey Songz
Tremaine "Trey" Aldon Neverson , better known by his stage name Trey Songz, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released in 2005, while his second album, Trey Day, was released in 2007...
, and gets to sing along on stage with him. At the very end of the episode, Jen is rushed to the hospital at the cause of a sudden illness. While Jen is in the hospital trying to recover, Cassie tries to decide where the future will lead her and Charles.
Towards the end of the season, Charles decides to join the Army and Cassie considers attending Pratt, a prestigious fine arts/design school in New York City. However, before making their decisions, Cassie and Charles decide to get married and the Sutton and Antoni families race to the ceremony. Just before the ceremony at the courthouse, the mystery of the $100,000 gets solved. It turns out the money was a payoff of an old murder due to a racist prank committed by Eddie's chief when he was a child. A former inmate on parole, Sid Glass, claims the money and gives half to the Sutton family because of their generous help and effort to support her. Tay writes a hit song dedicated to Nate Ray called "Fight for You." Nate Ray later sees Tay talking about his song on television. In the end Cassie and Charles don't end up married, but have an engagement party, where their loved ones to offer them blessings for a potential wedding in the future. Cassie's father attends with Charles' parents. Charles decides against going into the army and instead accepts his father's offer to pay for him to attend a good college.
Edward "Eddie" Sutton
Russell Hornsby is an American theater, television, and film actor. He is perhaps best known for portraying police officer Eddie Sutton on the ABC Family television drama series Lincoln Heights, and Luke on the HBO series In Treatment.-Early life and education:Hornsby was a football player at St....
) is a police officer who moves his family back to his old neighborhood hoping to make a difference. However, they are soon overwhelmed as one bad incident after another takes place. Despite all of this, Eddie strives to change the lives of the people around him for the better. It's revealed that his mother was killed twenty years ago when he was thirteen, making him thirty-three at the series debut. The age of his oldest daughter implies he and Jenn were teen parents, which is supported later on when it's learned Jenn was about Cassie's age when she married Eddie. This would've made him even younger when his oldest, Nate, with his old flame, Dana Taylor, was born. Eddie has a new son that he and Dana had together. Nate Ray. He lives with Eddie then goes back to the army. Eddie and Jenn argue about Dana. Eddie is shot by Bishop but survived. Eddie doesn't trust Charles after getting arrested for fighting and for Mac's death. He finds out that Charles takes the money from the house.
Jennifer "Jenn" Sutton
Nicki Micheaux is an American actress. She was on ABC Family's Lincoln Heights.-Biography:Micheaux was born in Detroit, Michigan to an army officer father....
) is Eddie's wife who is a nurse. She is the daughter of a judge and she is against the family's current location. Despite her own concerns on this, she stays with her husband and puts her medical skills to good use. She married Eddie and had Cassie while still a teenager, which is mentioned later after Cassie thinks about settling with Charles. Jenn does not like Dana. Later Jenn gets along with Dana.
Nathaniel "Nate" Ray Taylor
Chadwick Boseman, sometimes credited as Chad Boseman, is an African American actor and screenwriter. He is perhaps best known for his role on Lincoln Heights as Nathaniel 'Nate' Ray and his role as Sergeant McNair in the NBC television series, Persons Unknown.-Biography:He is a playwright and...
) is Eddie's oldest son and only child with former flame Dana Taylor. Nate was raised down in the south by neither Eddie nor Dana. He served in Iraq in the Army. Eddie did not know Nate was his son until the season three finale. His age and the age of his parents implies they were very young when he was born, considering Eddie was already a teenager when Cassie was born. Season 4, he lives with the Suttons and does not get along with Tay. Nate goes back to Iraq, but he's seriously injured during the war. He suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumaticstress disorder is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one's own or someone else's physical, sexual, or psychological integrity,...
Cassandra "Cassie" Sutton
Erica Hubbard is an American film and television actress and model.Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Erica knew at the early age of nine that she wanted to be an actress after she performed in her first stage play...
) is Eddie and Jenn's oldest daughter, named after Eddie's mother. She is very gentle and artistic. She becomes romantically involved with a boy at her school named Charles and later becomes friends with the daughter of her father's partner. She starts not to trust Charles after the earthquake/Mac's death, fighting with white people who are racists. She goes with Charles to meet his father. Cassie and Eddie don't get along after that. After Charles tells Cassie about the money, she stop talking to Charles. She forgives him later. She wants to go to Pratt, a college in New York, but doesn't want to leave Charles. They decide to get married, but cancels it.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Sutton
(Rhyon Nicole Brown
Rhyon Nicole Brown is an American teen actress, singer, and dancer. She made her film debut in Santa & Pete and has since appeared in various television shows...
) is Eddie and Jenn's youngest daughter and second-oldest child. She enjoys playing basketball and dancing. Later she is kidnapped by two thugs, but one helps her escape. She strikes up an unapproved friendship with him, which later gets her into trouble when she ends up baby-sitting for his teen sister who has a child. Lizzie is later accepted into a private school.
She grieves over the death of her boyfriend Johnny, who is killed after a hit and run. She starts high school. She has a new crush name Andrew. While she likes him, she is having dreams about Johnny.
Taylor "Tay" Sutton
Mishon Ratliff , also known simply as Mishon, is an American R&B singer, dancer and actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Taylor "Tay" Sutton on the ABC Family drama television series Lincoln Heights. He has appeared on Soul Train and America's Most Talented Kid...
) is the youngest child and Eddie and Jenn's only son together.He has diabetes type 1 and he has a strong passion for music. Tay is named after the surname of the family that took Eddie in when his mother died. Tay gets a record deal after being shown singing in public, on TV.
Robert Gillespie Adamson IV is an American actor. He's best known for his role as Charles Antoni on the television series Lincoln Heights.-Personal life:...
) is a boy who is new to the neighborhood. He takes an interest in Cassie. He loves her art and tries to support her in it. Their relationship is "tried" many times in season two. In season 3, they finally realize they were meant for each other no matter the struggles. Charles leaves his stepfather, Mac, to die. He takes money from The Sutton's house during the earthquake. Charles is hunted by police for the murder. Charles goes to visit his real father. The father doesn't like Charles. Charles tells The Sutton's about the money and hands it back. He argues with his mom about the money. He and Cassie get into arguments this season. Charles joins the army to pay for college. He and Cassie decides to get married, but they change their minds. Charles doesn't join the army and Charles's mother and his real-father get back together. He and Charles begin to reconcile.
(Michael Reilly Burke
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) is Eddie's partner and father of Sage. Kevin and Eddie are very good friends; they help each other through tough times, like when Kevin drinks when things go wrong in his life, just like Eddie's father. Seasons 1-3
Sage Maria Lund
-Personal life:Greczyn was born in Walnut Creek, California and lives in Hollywood, California. She was home-schooled and started taking classes at Front Range Community College when she was 15. Informed that she had to be 18 to study nursing, she decided to try modeling and relocated to California...
) is Officer Lund's teen daughter, whose personality is very different from Eddie's daughter. She and Cassie are friends, but their friendship breaks later on. At this time, she tries to make a move on Charles, but fails. At the end of season two, she's involved in a car accident with Charles and ends up in a coma. She awakes in season three, and is once again friends with Cassie. Sage is chose prom queen for the junior prom. She helps Lizzie with her freshman year. She helps Charles hiding the money. She helps Cassie and Charles get some space.
Michael Warren is an American TV actor and former college basketball player, best known for playing Officer Bobby Hill on the NBC television series Hill Street Blues.-College basketball career:...
) is Eddie's alcoholic father who cannot seem to stay out of trouble in Lincoln Heights. Twenty years ago he made a choice to stand up against gangsters which ultimately led to the death of his wife. Whenever he ends up in jail, Eddie constantly bails him out. He starts a relationship with the late Reverend Hammonds wife.
(Juanita Jennings) is the woman who helped raise Eddie after his mother was killed by gangsters twenty years ago.
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) is Mama Taylor's daughter and Eddie Sutton's first love. She had a love child with Eddie (Nate) that he knew nothing about until the earthquake in Season 3. She worked as a prostitute in Season 2 and also has a son, Jeron. She and Jenn aren't very friendly although they try to be civil to one another. She and Cassie get along and she gave Cassie good sex advice when Cassie needed it. She and Jenn don't get along since Jeron and Tay are hanging out. They become friends after Nate is seriously injured in Iraq.
is Daina's last born son and half younger brother of Nate.
Coleman and Beverly Bradshaw
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and Beverly Todd
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) are Jen's father and mother, respectively, and grandparents of Cassie, Lizzie, and Tay. Jen's father is a wealthy judge who does not always get along with Eddie, or his father, shown in his first appearance. He reappears in season 2 and reveals that he has cancer, which causes a strain on his marriage. His recent appearance was in season 4 allowing the family to stay with him. But at the end of the season 4 opener, he reconsider it. Beverly is Jen's mother who held a grudge against her due to the fact that she got to live her dream as a nurse, however, her personality changes by the end of her episode debut.
(Darrin Dewitt Henson) is a worker at the hospital Jen works at and Tay's friend. He is responsible for killing Eddie's mother twenty years ago. He takes a bullet for Tay in season two and survives. In season 3, Tay asks Ruben to help him with his singing career. After testifying against the man who ordered the hit on Cassandra Sutton, Eddie's mother, he leaves Lincoln Heights, telling Tay that everything he needs to make it is in his heart.
is Eddie's mother. Eddie told the kids she was killed in an accident, however, they soon learn that she was actually killed twenty years ago by a group of gang members with Ruben
being the shooter.
(Gus Hoffman) is Tay's best friend throughout seasons one through three. He becomes Lizzie's boyfriend for ten episodes. He is very in love with her and they stay together until another boy steps in. He dies in season three episode six in a hit and run car accident. She later gets over him, and officially starts to date Andrew.
(Julie St. Claire
Julie St. Claire , is an American actress, director and producer.-Early life:St. Claire moved from New York to California with her family in 1979. She competed in the U.S...
) is Charles' mother. Mrs. Antoni made quite a debut in season 1, episode 13 when she caught Charles and Cassie "about to have sex" on her couch and then confronted Eddie about having to "control" his daughter. In season 2, Mrs. Antoni again makes quite a scene. First when she fights with her son, later with Cassie and finally she breaks down when she realizes that her ex-husband "Mac" is a registered sex offender and that he made a pass at Charles. After the car accident, Mrs. Antoni vows to change and be a better mother to Charles, however, season 3 has Mrs. Antoni "out of town" while Charles is again left alone to fend for himself. She tries to get Charles to move with her to Hawaii. She gets back with Charles's real father.
Tyler Garcia Posey is an American actor and musician. Tyler is best known for his role as Scott McCall in MTV's show Teen Wolf.-Career:...
Andrew is Lizzie's first love. Their deep relationship starts out when Lizzie volunteers at the local Outreach center. The actual dating relationship starts at the Outreach dance when Andrew tries to kiss her. She really likes him, but the memories of Johnny Nightingale are too much for her.
In September 2010, syndicated reruns of Lincoln Heights
began airing on the TV One network.
On February 16, 2010, Shout! Factory
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released the complete first season of Lincoln Heights
on DVD in Region. It appears that no further seasons after one will be released on DVD due to sell-through (this according to a representative fro m the ABC Family Network). 1.
The New York Times review by Virginia Heffernan