Parking Wars

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  • TV-PG
  • 2008
  • 7 Seasons
  • 6.8  (730)

Parking Wars is a reality television show aired on the American cable network A&E. The show premiered in 2008 and quickly became popular among viewers for its entertaining and informative depiction of parking enforcement officers and their daily routines. Starring Bill Kurtis as the narrator, Parking Wars followed the day-to-day activities of parking enforcement officers across several cities in the United States. The show was filmed in cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia, and Providence, and showcased how parking enforcement officers tackle issues related to parking violations and towed vehicles.

The show's appeal stemmed from its focus on the people involved in parking enforcement rather than on the dry technicalities of parking regulations. The main characters of Parking Wars were the parking enforcement officers themselves, who often found themselves in challenging and sometimes dangerous situations while performing their duties. The show highlighted the difficult decisions they had to make and the unique challenges they faced.

Parking Wars was split into two parts. The first part of the show followed the parking enforcement officers as they patrolled the streets, issuing tickets and warnings to drivers who had parked in violation of city regulations. The second part of the show focused on the trials and tribulations of those who had their vehicles towed, often for parking in forbidden areas or for unpaid parking tickets.

One of the unique features of the show was the fact that it did not shy away from showing viewers the less glamorous aspects of parking enforcement. Viewers were shown the boring and repetitive aspects of the job, such as physically chalking car tires, and manually entering information into the computer system. This added a level of realism to the show that was appreciated by its viewers.

Another interesting aspect of the show was the way it highlighted the often humorous and absurd things parking enforcement officers encountered while performing their jobs. Whether it was a car with a flat tire parked illegally, or a vehicle with its engine on fire, Parking Wars captured the chaotic and unpredictable nature of parking enforcement.

Throughout the show, viewers were allowed a behind-the-scenes look at the complex system of offices, impound lots and legal procedures that make up the enforcement of parking violations. This provided viewers with a valuable insight into the internal workings of parking enforcement departments and the challenges they face in maintaining order on the streets.

As the show progressed, it gradually built-up a cast of recurring characters, including drivers who repeatedly had their cars towed, and residents of cities who were determined to push the boundaries of parking regulations. These characters added a human element to the series, and a sense of continuity to the episodes.

One of the running themes of the show was the emotional toll that parking enforcement can take on officers. The show dealt with the anger and frustration officers faced from drivers who were issued tickets, as well as the immense pressure that comes from dealing with a high volume of violations and difficult drivers.

In conclusion, Parking Wars was a unique and entertaining show that provided audiences with a remarkable insight into the often-misunderstood world of parking enforcement. By showcasing the challenges, triumphs, and tribulations of parking enforcement officers across several cities in America, the show gave a voice to the people who work to keep the streets safe and orderly. The show's legacy continues to live on with a cult following of fans who appreciate both the humor and realism of its depiction of parking enforcement.

Parking Wars is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (132 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 2008.

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Episode 100
19. Episode 100
December 22, 2012
Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.
Episode 98
18. Episode 98
December 22, 2012
Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.
Episode 104
17. Episode 104
December 22, 2012
Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.
Episode 103
16. Episode 103
December 15, 2012
In Detroit Ponytail tries to break illegal parkers of their bad habits. Uncle Jojo uses his positive attitude to calm upset Staten Island residents while towing their cars. New parking officer Kristina gets all nature of surprises while ticketing on the night shift in North Hempstead.
Episode 102
15. Episode 102
December 15, 2012
John flies to the rescue in the Bronx when the irate owner of a towed box truck storms the impound lot. In Detroit angry parkers confront Lashelle even as they confess to know the laws they are breaking, while Ponytail schools agitated citizens on new parking rules during the night shift.
Episode 101
14. Episode 101
December 15, 2012
Mike is caught in the middle of two Staten Island women feuding over a tow. An irate mob confronts Eric for giving rush-hour tickets in front of a popular Detroit market.
Episode 97
13. Episode 97
December 15, 2012
A belligerent man spews venom at Steve as he enforces parking safety in Providence.
Episode 99
12. Episode 99
November 17, 2012
Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.
Episode 95
11. Episode 95
November 17, 2012
Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.
Episode 93
10. Episode 93
November 10, 2012
An agitated young man blocks Rob from towing his car at a private lot in the Bronx. In Providence, Johnny practices tough love while ticketing but softens for a pair of seniors with a good excuse, while repeat offenders face justice from Judge Caprio in traffic court.
Episode 96
9. Episode 96
November 10, 2012
Lashelle learns anger management in Detroit when citizens fly into a rage over parking tickets. New York attitude extends to Long Island where Rob tickets bad parkers and even worse drivers in North Hempstead and angry shoppers threaten to call the cops on Hadrick for towing illegally parked cars.
Episode 94
8. Episode 94
October 27, 2012
Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.
Episode 91
7. Episode 91
October 27, 2012
Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.
Episode 90
6. Episode 90
October 20, 2012
An angry mob questions a tow-truck driver in Trenton, N.J.; repeat offenders are ticketed in Detroit; and a driver attempts to use an invalid handicap placard in Providence, R.I.
Episode 88
5. Episode 88
October 20, 2012
An angry man questions a ticketer; illegal parkers are found in the Bronx; and a ticketer fights to make his point through strong winds in Providence, R.I.
Episode 87
4. Episode 87
October 13, 2012
A ticketer is verbally attacked in Providence, R.I.; cars without permits are towed in Staten Island; and violators in Detroit refuse to admit they're wrong.
Episode 89
3. Episode 89
October 13, 2012
An irate Trenton woman is desperate to stop her car from being towed; residents become angry in the Bronx.
Episode 92
2. Episode 92
October 6, 2012
Residents are irate to see their cars towed from an apartment complex in Staten Island; violators challenge a ticket; and a Providence, R.I., man claims his tickets are bogus.
Episode 86
1. Episode 86
October 6, 2012
In the Season 7 opener, a driver becomes outraged, a ticket writer is attacked, and a parking sign is questioned for legitimacy.
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Where to Watch Parking Wars
Parking Wars is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Parking Wars on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, A&E, The Roku Channel Free, Sling, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (730)