On August 27, 1992, Martin debuted on Fox.

Comedian/actor Martin Lawrence was the show's main protagonist and namesake. Lawrence plays Martin Payne, a Detroit radio personality who encounters comically bizarre situations with his girlfriend, Gina (Tisha Campbell-Martin), and their friends Tommy, Pam, and Cole (Thomas Mikal Ford, Tichina Arnold, and Carl Anthony Payne II).

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16 years ago, Bad Boys II impressed viewers with "everything loud, dumb, violent, sexist, racist, misogynistic, and homophobic that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay could can think of puking on screen," in the words of The Rolling Stone.

Now Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as buddy cops Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Smith), but they promise it's for "one last time." We hope so. The full trailer for Bad Boys for Life opens with a flashy car, designer sunglasses, and Will Smith's biceps. Then there are recycled quips and dead, shot up bad guys and a lot of F-bombs, because these are cool cops who talk about toughing it out "in these streets" where "I've never trusted anybody but me" in suave voice-overs.

As far as the "plot" of Bad Boys for Life, truly who knows? Haphazard car chases, exploding staircases, and, oh hell yes, an exploding helicopter with a slow motion leap to safety?! Who cares what the plot is. Also, Vanessa Hudgens (yes, the High School Musical one), Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), and Charles Melton (Riverdale) join the veteran detectives as a newly formed "elite team" of youngsters who help the duo "take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel" (again, apparently). What kind of generational differences could possibly ramp up the tension after 16 years of the boys presumably up to their same old tricks? Again, who cares⁠—did we mention an effin' helicopter explodes?

At least directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi replace the overpaid pyromaniac Michael Bay. Be sure to catch Bad Boys for Life in theaters on Jan. 17 for stellar one-liners like, "We're not just black; we're cops, too. We'll pull ourselves over later."

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To his credit, Will Smith worked hard to stay relevant in 2018, but after disarming fans in his attempts to be the coolest 50-year-old with a YouTube channel, the Bad Boys actor is back to what we know and love him for.

On Wednesday, Smith shared on Instagram the first look at Martin Lawrence and himself reprising their roles as Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery, LAPD. The post, captioned "FIRST LOOK! Theeeeey're BAAAAaaaack! :-) @badboy," quickly accrued over 3 million viewers.

Lawrence and Smith appear impressively unchanged, considering it's been 17 years since their last film together, Bad Boys II. The pair began shooting in the beginning of January, with Smith posting to Instagram that they'd "watched Bad Boys 1 & 2 together over the weekend. It's about to be KRAZY!"

The third installment of the 1995 franchise, titled Bad Boys For Life, isn't slated for release until January 17, 2020. But reported leaks of the film's details place the two cops amidst separate mid-life crises after having fallen out with one another. Marcus is working as a private investigator, while Mike is reconciling with his age after being paired with a much younger partner. The driving force of their reunion is an Albanian hit-man targeting the pair in revenge for killing his brother.

Unlikely newcomers to the franchise include Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton playing members of a highly specialized (and painfully young) police unit who must work with the veteran detectives in typical action-movie character clash. Then there's Paola Nuñez playing Mike's ridiculously attractive ex-girlfriend, who also happens to lead said specialized unit. With an alleged $100 million budget and Sony appointing co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Gangsta, Black), Bad Boys For Life has all the makings of the next great action movie.

Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.

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