The Parkers

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The Parkers
The parkers show opening title 2002-2004.jpg
The Parkers title card 2002-2004
GenreSitcom
Created byRalph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
StarringCountess Vaughn
Mo'Nique
Jenna von Oÿ
Ken Lawson
Yvette Wilson
Mari Morrow
Dorien Wilson
Theme music composerRodney Jerkins
Countess Vaughn
Opening themeWe're The Parkers (seasons 1-5)
performed by Countess Vaughn
Ending themeWe'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)
Big Ticket Television
Paramount Network Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television (2003–2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Broadcast
Original channelUPN
Picture format4:3
Original runAugust 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) – May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)
Chronology
Related showsMoesha
 
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The Parkers
The parkers show opening title 2002-2004.jpg
The Parkers title card 2002-2004
GenreSitcom
Created byRalph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
StarringCountess Vaughn
Mo'Nique
Jenna von Oÿ
Ken Lawson
Yvette Wilson
Mari Morrow
Dorien Wilson
Theme music composerRodney Jerkins
Countess Vaughn
Opening themeWe're The Parkers (seasons 1-5)
performed by Countess Vaughn
Ending themeWe'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)
Big Ticket Television
Paramount Network Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television (2003–2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Broadcast
Original channelUPN
Picture format4:3
Original runAugust 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). 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)
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]

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]

SeasonEpisodesPremiereFinaleratings
(in millions)
Rank
11999–200022August 30, 1999May 22, 20002.6[3]#127[3]
22000–200122September 4, 2000June 29, 20012.3[4]#156[4]
32001–200222September 10, 2001May 20, 20024.26[5]#126[5]
42002–200325September 23, 2002May 19, 20033.74[6]#136[6]
52003–200419September 15, 2003May 10, 20043.6[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]

YearAwardResultCategoryRecipient
2001NAACP Image AwardsNominatedOutstanding Comedy Series
-
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
2005NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesDorien Wilson
NominatedOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique
2003Young Artist AwardNominatedBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Guest Starring Young ActorChristopher Massey
2004BET Comedy AwardsNominatedOutstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
-
NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesDorien Wilson
NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMo'Nique
NominatedOutstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
-
NominatedOutstanding Comedy Series
-

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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