The Parkers

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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)
Composer(s)Kurt Farquhar
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes110 (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 time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Saradipity Productions
Regan Jon Productions
(1999–2000)
(season 1)
Big Ticket Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUPN
Picture format4:3 (SDTV) (Seasons 1–3)
16:9 (HDTV) (Seasons 4–5)
Original releaseAugust 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) –
May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)
Chronology
Related showsMoesha

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).

Premise[edit]

The series centers around a mother and daughter who both 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 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[edit]

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 James 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]
  • Kimberly Ann "Kim" Parker (played by Countess Vaughn[note 3]) - A ditzy college student and Nikki's daughter. Although she can be shallow, Kim has a kind heart and is extremely 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 Community College but still becomes a successful fashion designer. (Kim originated as a regular character on Moesha).
  • Nicole Ann "Nikki" Parker (née Alexander/West) (played by Mo'Nique) - A boisterous and 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 finally wins him over after five years of chasing him and they marry.
  • Desiree Littlejohn (played by Mari Morrow) - Originally, the Parkers' neighbor and Nikki's friend. She only appears in the first season and is not credited as a regular after five episodes. She is not seen after episode 13.
  • Stevie Alison Van Lowe (played by Jenna von Oÿ) - A sarcastic and intelligent college student as well as Kim's best friend. Stevie is from a wealthy family and has a tempestuous relationship with her mother. She is also a member of the music group Free Style Unity, along with Kim and T. Upon graduating from Santa Monica Community College, Stevie attends UCLA and goes into business with Kim.
  • Thaddeus Tyrell "T" Radcliffe (played by Ken Lawson) - A flirtatious and charismatic college student as well as friend to Kim and Stevie. He is also a member of the music group Free Style Unity, along with Kim and Stevie. At the end of the series, T goes on to attend Berklee College of Music.
  • Professor Stanley Wayne Oglevee (played by Dorien Wilson) - A handsome professor at Santa Monica Community 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 (played by 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 but becoming a main character starting from mid-Season 1. From Season 3 onwards, she is the owner of a restaurant, "Andell's." At the end of the series, she marries her boyfriend Lester.

Recurring[edit]

  • Mel Parker (Thomas Mikal Ford) – Nikki's rich ex-husband and Kim's father.
  • Erica Willis (Porscha Coleman) – Guest starring television role.
  • 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 with whom she does not have a close relationship.
  • Gertrude "Gertie" Lowe (Kym Whitley) – Is the organ player at "Mount Zion" church in which 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 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 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 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]

Season Episodes Premiere Finale
1 22 August 30, 1999 May 22, 2000
2 22 September 4, 2000 May 14, 2001
3 22 September 10, 2001 May 20, 2002
4 25 September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003
5 19 September 15, 2003 May 10, 2004

Series finale[edit]

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

Production[edit]

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.

Broadcast[edit]

Syndication[edit]

The Parkers has aired in syndication on Centric (previously BET J)[2], UP, TV One, VH1, Fuse (until 2020), and MTV2.

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

The series started streaming on Netflix on October 1, 2020.[3][4]

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,[5] 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.[6]

Home media[edit]

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.[7]

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

Ratings[edit]

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 [8]
5 September 15, 2003 (2003-09-15) May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10) 2003–04 177 3.33 [9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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
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
Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
-
Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
-

Notes[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ Credited as Countess Vaughn James in seasons 4-5.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susman, Gary (May 19, 2004). "Goodnight, Seattle". ew.com. Retrieved August 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Shows on BETJ: The Parkers". bet.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Stewart, Shelby (July 30, 2020). "Netflix to add 7 iconic, wishlist-topping Black television shows to its roster". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Parkers | Netflix". Netflix. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Trouble – The Parkers". dooyoo.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Mo'Nique Show: The Cast from "The Parkers"". goodlookvideos.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Parkers: The Complete Collection DVD". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "2002-2003 Season Ratings for Network TV Primetime". Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "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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