The Parkers

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The Parkers
The parkers show opening title 2002-2004.jpg
The Parkers title card
GenreSitcom
Created by Ralph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
Starring Countess Vaughn
Mo'Nique
Mari Morrow (Season 1)
Jenna von Oÿ
Ken L.
Dorien Wilson
Yvette Wilson
Theme music composer Rodney 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
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network UPN
Picture format 4:3 (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 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).

Contents

Premise

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

Main

The Parkers main characters of Season 1: (l-r) Nikki Parker, Desiree Littlejohn, Kim Parker and Professor Oglevee (center) The parkers cast early season 1.jpg
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 Oy 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) The parkers cast seasons 1-5.jpg
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)
ActorCharacterSeasons
12345
Countess Vaughn Kim ParkerMain
Mo'Nique Nikki ParkerMain
Dorien Wilson Professor OgleveeMain
Mari Morrow Desiree LittlejohnMain [note 1]
Jenna von Oÿ Stevie Van LoweMain [note 2]
Ken L. T RadcliffeMain [note 2]
Yvette Wilson Andell WilkersonMain [note 2]

Recurring

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 22August 30, 1999May 22, 2000
2 22September 4, 2000May 14, 2001
3 22September 10, 2001May 20, 2002
4 25September 23, 2002May 19, 2003
5 19September 15, 2003May 10, 2004

Series finale

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

Production

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

Reception

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 No. 1 comedy on the network and 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]

Syndication

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 airings

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.

Reunion

The cast of The Parkers on The Mo'Nique Show: (l-r) Ken Lawson, Dorien Wilson (back row), Jenna von Oy, Mo'Nique and Countess Vaughn (front row) The parkers reunion.jpg
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. [7]

Home media

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]

TitleSeasonDiscsRelease date
The Complete Collection
One
3
March 18, 2016
Two
3
Three
3
Four
3
Five
2

Ratings

SeasonTimeslot (EDT)Season PremiereSeason FinaleTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
Ref
1Monday 8:30 pmAugust 30, 1999May 22, 2000 1999–2000 1272.60[ citation needed ]
2September 4, 2000May 14, 2001 2000–01 1292.40[ citation needed ]
3Monday 9:00 pmSeptember 10, 2001May 20, 2002 2001–02 1264.26[ citation needed ]
4Monday 8:00 pmSeptember 23, 2002May 19, 2003 2002–03 1533.73 [9]
5September 15, 2003May 10, 2004 2003–04 1773.33 [10]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardResultCategoryRecipient
2001 NAACP Image Awards NominatedOutstanding Comedy Series
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WonOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique
2002NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesYvette Wilson
NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesDorien Wilson
WonOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique
2003NominatedOutstanding Comedy Series
-
NominatedOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique
2004WonOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesDorien Wilson
WonOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique, Countess Vaughn
2005NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesDorien Wilson
NominatedOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique
2003 Young Artist Award NominatedBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Guest Starring Young Actor Christopher Massey
2004BET Comedy AwardsNominatedOutstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
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NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesDorien Wilson
NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique, Countess Vaughn
NominatedOutstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
-
NominatedOutstanding Comedy Series
-

Notes

  1. Mari Morrow only starred in the main cast for episodes 1-4, 10, and 11.
  2. 1 2 3 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.

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