The Parkers

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The Parkers
The parkers show opening title 2002-2004.jpg
The Parkers title card 2002-2004
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ralph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
Starring Countess Vaughn
Mo'Nique
Jenna von Oÿ
Ken Lawson
Yvette Wilson
Mari Morrow
Dorien Wilson
Theme music composer Rodney Jerkins
Countess Vaughn
Opening theme We're The Parkers (seasons 1-5)
performed by Countess Vaughn
Ending theme We're The Parkers (instrumental)
Composer(s) Kurt Farquhar
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 110 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Boulware
Ralph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
Andrea Wiley
Producer(s) Andrea Allen
Michelle Listenbee Brown
Gary M. Goodrich
Stacey Evans Morgan
Stephen K. Rose
Andrea Wiley
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Saradipity Productions
Regan Jon Productions (1999–2000)
Big Ticket Television
Paramount Network Television
Distributor Paramount Domestic Television (2003–2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Broadcast
Original channel UPN
Picture format 4:3
Original run August 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) – May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)
Chronology
Related shows Moesha

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' signature "Heeyyy" greeting became very popular in the early 2000s.

Premise[edit]

The series centers around a mother and daughter who both attend Santa Monica College. Nikki Parker (played by Mo'Nique) was forced to drop out of high school when she discovered she was pregnant with daughter Kim (played by Countess Vaughn). After Kim reaches adulthood, Nikki finally decides to go back to school. Kim is initially mortified with this decision, 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 characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The Parkers main characters of Season 1: (l-r) Nikki Parker, Desiree Littlejohn, Kim Parker and Professor Oglevee (center)
  • Kimberly Ann "Kim" Parker (played by Countess Vaughn) is the first of the two protagonists of the series. Kim is funny and lovable, but very dimwitted. Though she is usually behind most people when it comes to academics, her big heart and dreams makes up for it. Kim is also a lead singer in the group named Free Style Unity, which also include her friends Stevie and "T". At the end of series, she does not graduate from Santa Monica Community College due to failing grades. However, Kim goes on to become a successful fashion designer (Kim originated as a regular character on Moesha).
  • Nicole Ann "Nikki" Oglevee (formally Nicole Parker) (née West) (played by Mo'Nique) is the second of the two protagonists of the series. Nikki cares a lot for her family, and lets nothing stand in the way of love. Throughout the series, she has several relationships with other people but her love always remains steadfast for the Professor Oglevee, despite his apparent hatred of her. In the series finale, she finally wins him over after five years of chasing him. He proposes to her, she accepts and they marry on that same day.
  • Stevie Alison Van Lowe (played by Jenna von Oÿ) is Kim's constant companion. Stevie is from a wealthy family and has a tempestuous relationship with her mother. She is also a member of the group Free Style Unity, along with Kim and "T" (whom she briefly dates). Upon graduating from Santa Monica Community College, Stevie attends UCLA and goes into business with Kim.
  • Thaddeus "T" Radcliffe (played by Ken Lawson) is best friends with Kim and Stevie. Although his duty as a loyal friend, "T" can sometimes be side-tracked when he and the professor let their wannabe mack daddy status get in the way of true values. He is also the rapper in his, Kim, and Stevie's, group, Free Style Unity. At the end of the series, "T" goes on to attend Berklee College of Music.
  • Desiree Littlejohn (played by Mari Morrow) - Originally, the Parkers' neighbor and Nikki's friend. She only appears in the first season and is credited as a regular later on during the season. She is not seen afterwards and is replaced by the Andell Wilkerson character.
  • Professor Stanley De'Vanté Oglevee (played by Dorien Wilson) is a Professor at Santa Monica Community College who Nikki is constantly pursuing. He loses several companions (particularly Veronica), because Nikki either scares them off or completely sabotages the relationship. He is a type of role model to "T" and often counsels him about love—sometimes with disastrous results. Twice during the series he is convinced he loves Nikki, but changed his mind the first time. The second time, which occurs in the series finale, he realizes that deep down he has feelings for her. Depressed and confused, he sees a vision of himself in the mirror that ultimately convinces him to crash Nikki's wedding to a man she met several weeks prior, and propose marriage. Nikki, of course, accepts and they marry on that same day.
  • Andell Wilkerson (played by Yvette Wilson), is Nikki Parker's ever loving and loyal best friend replacing Desiree Littlejohn. Andell originated as a regular character on Moesha and appears on The Parkers starting from the second season. From Season 3 onwards, she is the owner of her self-named place of business "Andell's", a restaurant that is the setting for several episodes. Throughout the show, she is usually the one keeping a level head but sometimes can be pessimistic. At the end of the series, she marries her boyfriend Lester. Originally, Andell was in a relationship with Moesha's uncle Bernie (Bernie Mac). He was mentioned once in the first series but was never actually seen on the The Parkers.
The Parkers main characters of Seasons 2-5 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)

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Mel Parker (Thomas Mikal Ford) - Nikki's rich ex-husband and Kim's father.
  • Regina Foster (Kara Brock) - Snobbish and stuck-up colleague of Nikki, Kim and Stevie's at Santa Monica Community College and also a member of the Triple A Sorority.
  • Joe Woody (Dwight Woody) - Works in the "Grub Hub" cafeteria at Santa Monica Community 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 whom she does not have a close relationship with.
  • Gertrude ("Gertie") (Kym Whitley) - Is the organ player at “Mount Zion” church in which Nikki is the choir director. She is occasionally a nemesis of Nikki.
  • Frederick “Freddy” Jones (Kel Mitchell) - A flamboyant fashion design student at Santa Monica College who often has conflict with Kim.
  • Symone (Samantha Becker) - Originally a backup singer in the group Free Style Unity in the first Season but is not seen after.
  • Chandra Carrington (Lark Voorhies) - Colleague of Nikki and Kim's at Santa Monica Community College and also a member the Triple A Sorority.
  • Jerel Goodrich (Trent Cameron) - Kim's boyfriend turned fiance, later ex-husband.
  • George and Shirley West (Earl Billings and Aloma Wright) - Nikki's adoptive parents.
  • Constance McFarland (Suzzanne Douglass) - Nikki's haughty older sister.
  • Tiffany McFarland (Cherie Johnson) - Nikki's niece and daughter of her older sister.
  • 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, much to Nikki's disapproval.
  • Aunt Rita (Nancy Wilson) - Nikki's aunt who turned out to be her biological mother. She explained that was unable to raise Nikki due to her career.
  • Evelyn "Nana" Smith (Isabel Sanford) - Nikki's grandmother who comes onto Professor Oglvee while visiting Nikki.

Episodes[edit]

Series finale[edit]

The Parkers series finale aired on May 10, 2004 and drew in 3.6 million viewers.[1] In the finale, Professor Oglevee finally realizes his true feelings for Nikki just as she is about to marry another man (Mel Jackson).[2]

Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Premiere Finale ratings
(in millions)
Rank
1 1999–2000 22 August 30, 1999 May 22, 2000 2.6[3] #127[3]
2 2000–2001 22 September 4, 2000 June 29, 2001 2.3[4] #156[4]
3 2001–2002 22 September 10, 2001 May 20, 2002 4.26[5] #126[5]
4 2002–2003 25 September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003 3.74[6] #136[6]
5 2003–2004 19 September 15, 2003 May 10, 2004 3.6[7] #177[7]

Production notes[edit]

The Parkers was a production of Saradipity Productions, Regan Jon Productions (season 1 only), Big Ticket Television and Paramount Network Television. Reruns are distributed by Paramount Domestic Television (now CBS Television Distribution).

Syndication[edit]

The Parkers aired in syndication on BET J before that channel's September 2009 conversion to Centric.

Since Tuesday September 6, 2011, The Parkers returned to BET after a three-year hiatus and reacquired.[8] Starting September 30, 2013 Centric will air reruns of The Parkers weekdays starting at 3:00pm and again at 3:30pm. Starting September 27, 2014 UP TV will air reruns of The Parkers weeknights starting at 1:00am.

International airings[edit]

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,[9] 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.

Reunion[edit]

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, the 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.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2001 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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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
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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
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
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Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Dorien Wilson
Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Mo'Nique
Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
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Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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DVD release[edit]

To date, The Parkers has not been released on DVD.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susman, Gary (May 19, 2004). "Goodnight, Seattle". ew.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Who will Nikki tie the knot with in the final episode of 'The Parkers'?". Jet. May 10, 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b "TV Ratings 1999-2000". chez.com. July 26, 2002. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "TV Ratings 2000-2001". chez.com. July 26, 2002. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "TV Ratings 2001-02". chez.com. July 26, 2002. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Nielsen's TOP 156 shows for 2002-03". rec.arts.tv. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "I.T.R.S Ranking Report". abcmedianet.com. June 2, 2004. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Shows on BETJ: The Parkers". bet.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Trouble - The Parkers". dooyoo.co.uk. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Mo'Nique Show: The Cast from "The Parkers"". goodlookvideos.com. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Parkers (1999)". tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 

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