The Parkers is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from August 30, 1999, to May 10, 2004. A spin-off of UPN's Moesha, The Parkers features the mother-daughter team of Nikki (played by Mo'Nique) and Kim Parker (played by Countess Vaughn).

The Parkers
The parkers show opening title 2002-2004.jpg
The Parkers title card
GenreSitcom
Created byRalph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
StarringCountess Vaughn
Mo'Nique
Mari Morrow (Season 1)
Jenna von Oÿ
Ken L.
Dorien Wilson
Yvette Wilson
Theme music composerRodney Jerkins
Countess Vaughn
Opening theme"We're The Parkers"
performed by Countess Vaughn
Ending theme"We're The Parkers" (instrumental)
ComposerKurt Farquhar
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes110 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersBill Boulware
Ralph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
Andrea Wiley
ProducersAndrea Allen
Michelle Listenbee Brown
Gary M. Goodrich
Stacey Evans Morgan
Stephen K. Rose
Andrea Wiley
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesSaradipity Productions
Regan Jon Productions
(1999–2000)
(season 1)
Big Ticket Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUPN
Picture formatNTSC (Seasons 1–3)
HDTV 1080i (Seasons 4–5)
Original releaseAugust 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) –
May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)
Chronology
Related showsMoesha

PremiseEdit

The series centers around a mother and daughter who attend Santa Monica College. Nikki Parker was forced to drop out of high school when she discovered she was pregnant with her daughter Kim. After Kim reaches adulthood, Nikki decides to go back to school and graduates along with Kim. When Nikki reveals she wants to attend Santa Monica College too, Kim is initially mortified but eventually accepts the situation. Nikki and Kim's mother-daughter relationship evolves as roommates and as students. Nikki adjusts to the fact that her daughter is old enough to live on her own, while Kim realizes that Nikki has more going on than just being her mom.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

 
The Parkers main characters of Season 1: (l-r) Nikki Parker, Desiree Littlejohn, Kim Parker and Professor Oglevee (center)
 
The Parkers main characters of Seasons 1–5 with Jenna von Oÿ and Ken Lawson becoming regulars and the addition of Yvette Wilson (replacing Mari Morrow) joining the cast: (l-r) Professor Oglevee, Thaddeus "T" Radcliffe (back row), Andell Wilkerson, Nikki Parker, Kim Parker and Stevie Van Lowe (front row)
Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Countess Vaughn Kim Parker Main
Mo'Nique Nikki Parker Main
Dorien Wilson Professor Oglevee Main
Mari Morrow Desiree Littlejohn Main[note 1]
Jenna von Oÿ Stevie Van Lowe Main[note 2]
Ken L. T Radcliffe Main[note 2]
Yvette Wilson Andell Wilkerson Main[note 2]
  • Kim Parker (Countess Vaughn): A ditzy college student and Nikki's daughter, Although she can be shallow, Kim has a kind heart and is close with Nikki. Kim is also a lead singer in the music group Free Style Unity, which also includes Stevie and T. At the end of series, she fails out of Santa Monica College but becomes a successful fashion designer.
  • Nikki Parker (Mo'Nique): A boisterous, confident single mother, who embraces college life to the fullest. She is in love with Professor Oglevee, despite his apparent hatred of her. In the series finale, she eventually wins him over after five years of chasing him and they marry.
  • Desiree Littlejohn (Mari Morrow): Initially, the Parkers' neighbor and Nikki's friend. She only appears in the first season and is uncredited as a regular after five episodes. She is not seen after episode 13. It was stated that creator, Ralph Farquhar, wrote her off because he wanted a stronger dynamic with another one of his characters. She was replaced by Yvette Wilson.
  • Stevie Alison Van Lowe (Jenna von Oÿ): A sarcastic, intelligent white college student as well as Kim's best friend. Stevie is from a affluent family and has a tempestuous relationship with her mother. She is also a member of the music group Free Style Unity, alongside Kim and T. Upon graduating from Santa Monica College, Stevie attends UCLA and goes into business with Kim.
  • Thaddeus Tyrell "T" Radcliffe (Ken Lawson): A flirtatious, attractive college student as well as friend to Kim and Stevie. He is also a member of the music group Free Style Unity. At the end of the series, T goes on to attend Berklee College of Music.
  • Professor Stanley Oglevee (Dorien Wilson): A handsome professor at Santa Monica College. Although he prides himself on his intelligence, he often becomes embroiled in hare-brained schemes, often due to his own foolishness. Although he is initially repulsed by Nikki's affections, he eventually declares his love for her and they marry in the series finale.
  • Andell Wilkerson (Yvette Wilson): Nikki's level-headed best friend. Andell originated as a regular character on Moesha and appears on The Parkers in a recurring role during the first season; she became a main character in the middle of Season 1. From Season 3 onward, she is the owner of a restaurant called Andell's. At the end of the series, she marries her boyfriend Lester.

RecurringEdit

  • Mel Parker (Thomas Mikal Ford): Nikki's rich ex-husband and Kim's father
  • Erica Willis (Porscha Coleman)
  • Regina Foster (Kara Brock): A snobbish and stuck-up colleague of Nikki, Kim, and Stevie's at Santa Monica College and also a member of the Triple A Sorority.
  • Joe Woody (Dwight Woody): Works in the cafeteria at Santa Monica College. He previously played Coach Vines on Moesha.
  • Veronica Cooper (Paulette Braxton): On-and-off girlfriend of Professor Oglevee and occasional nemesis of Nikki.
  • Sophia Van Lowe (Shannon Tweed): Stevie's mother.
  • Gertrude "Gertie" Lowe (Kym Whitley): The organ player at Mount Zion, where Nikki is the choir director. She is occasionally a nemesis of Nikki. She has also known Nikki and Andell since high school.
  • Frederick "Freddy" Jones (Kel Mitchell): A flamboyant fashion design student who often has conflict with Kim.
  • Hakeem Campbell (Lamont Bentley): Kim's longtime friend. He was previously on Moesha.
  • Niecy Jackson (Shar Jackson): Kim's best friend. She was also on Moesha.
  • Symone (Samantha Becker): A backup singer in the group Free Style Unity in Season 1.
  • Chandra Carrington (Lark Voorhies): Colleague of Nikki and Kim's at Santa Monica College and also a member the Triple A Sorority.
  • Jerel Goodrich (Trent Cameron): Kim's boyfriend turned fiancé; later ex-husband.
  • George and Shirley West/Alexander (Earl Billings and Aloma Wright): Nikki's adoptive parents.
  • Constance McFarland (Suzzanne Douglas): Nikki's haughty older sister.
  • Tiffany McFarland (Cherie Johnson): Nikki's niece.
  • Quincy DeJohn (George Wallace): Nikki's biological father.
  • Camille Oglevee (Veronica Redd): Professor Oglevee's mother. She tried convince Kim to drop out of college to work for her.
  • Aunt Rita (Nancy Wilson): Nikki's aunt, who turned out to be her biological mother. She explained that she was unable to raise Nikki due to her career.
  • Evelyn "Nana" Smith (Isabel Sanford): Nikki's grandmother, who comes onto Professor Oglevee while visiting Nikki.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122August 30, 1999May 22, 2000
222September 4, 2000May 14, 2001
322September 10, 2001May 20, 2002
425September 23, 2002May 19, 2003
519September 15, 2003May 10, 2004

Series finaleEdit

The Parkers series finale aired on May 10, 2004, and drew in 3.6 million viewers.[1]

ProductionEdit

The Parkers was produced by Saradipity Productions, Regan Jon Productions (Season 1 only), and Big Ticket Television. Reruns are currently distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

BroadcastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Although The Parkers initially received mixed reviews and was criticized for its outrageous characters, the series was a ratings success for UPN. Its debut season ranked as the number one comedy on the network; it was the most popular show among black audiences, ahead of The WB’s The Steve Harvey Show. The success of the series has been credited to its ability to relate to many audiences, especially young people.[2]

SyndicationEdit

The Parkers has aired in syndication on Centric (previously BET J),[3] UP, TV One, VH1, MTV2, and Nick@Nite.

Currently, the series airs reruns on BET, Fuse, and Cleo TV.

The series started streaming on Netflix on October 1, 2020.[4][5]

International airingsEdit

In Europe, the show has aired in Ireland and the UK. In Ireland, it aired on RTÉ Two from 2000 to 2005, usually airing Thursdays as 7.00pm. The first four seasons were aired in this evening time slot, with season five beginning in this timeslot and with the few remaining episodes moved to a late night timeslot on Fridays. After the series finished on RTÉ Two, there have been no re-runs and no current plans to run the show again. It was also shown on UK channel Trouble,[6] which was also available in Ireland. It usually aired weekdays from 2000 to 2004 but after it was completely removed, it was shown on a one-off weekend in late 2006, with episodes airing all day. In Australia, it aired on Fox8 and in Jamaica on TVJ.

ReunionEdit

 
The cast of The Parkers on The Mo'Nique Show: (l-r) Ken Lawson, Dorien Wilson (back row), Jenna von Oÿ, Mo'Nique and Countess Vaughn (front row)

In 2009, cast members Countess Vaughn, Jenna von Oÿ, Ken Lawson, and Dorien Wilson appeared on The Mo'Nique Show for a full-length episode, "The Parkers Reunion." Series creator Sara V. Finney was part of the audience for the episode. Yvette Wilson didn't appear due to her busy work schedule.[7]

Home mediaEdit

The Parkers: The Complete Collection, containing all five seasons, was released on region 1 DVD in Canada via Visual Entertainment in a 14-disc set on 18 March 2016.[8]

Title Season Discs Release date
The Complete Collection
One
3
March 18, 2016
Two
3
Three
3
Four
3
Five
2

RatingsEdit

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Ref
1 Monday 8:30 pm August 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) May 22, 2000 (2000-05-22) 1999–2000 127 2.60 [citation needed]
2 September 4, 2000 (2000-09-04) May 14, 2001 (2001-05-14) 2000–01 129 2.40 [citation needed]
3 Monday 9:00 pm September 10, 2001 (2001-09-10) May 20, 2002 (2002-05-20) 2001–02 126 4.26 [citation needed]
4 Monday 8:00 pm September 23, 2002 (2002-09-23) May 19, 2003 (2003-05-19) 2002–03 153 3.73 [9]
5 September 15, 2003 (2003-09-15) May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10) 2003–04 177 3.33 [10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2001 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
-
Won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Mo'Nique
2002 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Yvette Wilson
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Dorien Wilson
Won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Mo'Nique
2003 Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
-
Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Mo'Nique
2004 Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Dorien Wilson
Won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Mo'Nique, Countess Vaughn
2005 Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Dorien Wilson
Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Mo'Nique
2003 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Guest Starring Young Actor Christopher Massey
2004 BET Comedy Awards Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
-
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Dorien Wilson
Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Mo'Nique, Countess Vaughn
Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
-
Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
-

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Mari Morrow only starred in the main cast for episodes 1-4, 10, and 11.
  2. ^ a b c Jenna von Oÿ, Ken Lawson & Yvette Wilson officially join the main cast at the beginning of episode 14. All three had previously starred in recurring roles on the show.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Susman, Gary (May 19, 2004). "Goodnight, Seattle". ew.com. Retrieved August 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Braxton, Greg. "Outlandish? Yes, and a Hit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "Shows on BETJ: The Parkers". bet.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2008.
  4. ^ Stewart, Shelby (July 30, 2020). "Netflix to add 7 iconic, wishlist-topping Black television shows to its roster". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Parkers | Netflix". Netflix. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Trouble – The Parkers". dooyoo.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Mo'Nique Show: The Cast from "The Parkers"". goodlookvideos.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Parkers: The Complete Collection DVD". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "2002-2003 Season Ratings for Network TV Primetime". Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "I.T.R.S Ranking Report". abcmedianet.com. June 2, 2004. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2011.

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