The Parkers

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  • TV-PG
  • 1999
  • 5 Seasons
  • 6.8  (2,645)

The Parkers was an American sitcom that aired on UPN from 1999 to 2004. The show starred Mo'Nique as Nikki Parker, an overweight, flamboyant, and boisterous single mother who dreams of living the good life while attending college in California. Dorien Wilson played Professor Stanley Oglevee, a cynical and sarcastic college professor who was Nikki's crush and nemesis at the same time. Finally, Countess Vaughn played Kim Parker, Nikki's daughter, who was constantly worried about her mother's love life and striving to improve her own.

The show was a spin-off of the hit show Moesha, which focused on the life of a teenage girl named Moesha Mitchell. Nikki Parker was Moesha's best friend on the show, and their relationship carried over into The Parkers. The show's central theme was the bond between a mother and daughter, as Nikki and Kim not only attended the same college but also lived together.

The Parkers was a lighthearted and funny show that tackled everyday issues with humor and warmth. Nikki Parker was the center of attention, and her larger-than-life personality made her a fan favorite. Her constant antics and wild fashion choices, including bright colors, oversized jewelry, and feather boas, added to her charm. However, Nikki's attempts to live the good life often led her down a path of trouble, and Kim was always there to help her mother out of sticky situations.

One of the primary themes of the show was family, and viewers saw the ups and downs of the relationship between Nikki and Kim. There were moments of tension as they tried to navigate their differing personalities and life goals, but ultimately, their love for each other shone through. Nikki's overbearing personality often caused power struggles between the two, but Kim was a strong-willed young woman who knew how to stand up to her mother.

The show was also known for its fantastic supporting cast, including Nikki's best friend, the sassy and sultry Andell Wilkerson, who owned the local hangout, The Den. Andell was played by Yvette Wilson, who sadly passed away in 2012. In addition, the show featured the comedic talents of Jenna Von Oy as Stevie Van Lowe, Kim's best friend, and Ken Lawson as Thaddeus "T" Radcliffe, a handsome and charming student who caught Kim's eye.

The Parkers was not without its controversies, however. The show was criticized for its portrayal of overweight people, with some arguing that it perpetuated negative stereotypes. In addition, there were concerns that the show's focus on college life could encourage young people to prioritize partying over academics. However, many viewers appreciated the show's efforts to portray a strong mother-daughter relationship in a humorous and uplifting way.

Overall, The Parkers was a hilarious and heartwarming sitcom that tackled real-life issues with a comedic touch. Mo'Nique's performance as Nikki Parker was a standout, and her chemistry with the rest of the cast made the show a joy to watch. While it may not have been groundbreaking television, The Parkers provided viewers with a fun and vibrant escape into the world of college, romance, and family.

The Parkers is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (110 episodes). The series first aired on August 30, 1999.

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At Last (3)
19. At Last (3)
May 10, 2004
While the plans are underway for Nikki's wedding to Johnnie, Professor Oglevee finally realizes he is in love with Nikki and is determined to stop the wedding, until Andell stops him first. Meanwhile, Stevie and T finally graduate from school.
A Little Change Never Hurt Anybody (2)
18. A Little Change Never Hurt Anybody (2)
May 3, 2004
When Nikki and Johnnie's relationship starts to get serious, Johnnie gets offered a job in New York, but instead of leaving Nikki behind, he asks her to marry him. Meanwhile, Kim, unable to graduate because she doesn't have enough credits, enlists Stevie's help to start her own design business instead.
Could It Be You? (1)
17. Could It Be You? (1)
April 26, 2004
With Nikki always around, Andell is desperate for some alone time with her new boyfriend Lester, so she secretly arranges a blind date with Johnnie for Nikki, who is shocked at the idea of possibly cheating on Professor Oglevee, but Nikki's resistance gradually turns into attraction when she and Johnnie realize how much they have in common. Meanwhile, Mavis turns down Woody's marriage proposal, which sends him into a funk and causes him to move out---and in with Professor Oglevee.
Practice What You Preach
16. Practice What You Preach
March 1, 2004
An old friend from Nikki's wild days visits who is now the new Rev. at Nikki's church. Her promiscuous past causes turmoil in the church, which forces Nikki into the role of peacemaker. Also, Professor Oglevee gets Kim to coach him for a singing audition with the chorale group so he can join them on an exotic trip to Spain.
Judge Not a Book...
15. Judge Not a Book...
February 23, 2004
After Nikki tells an author tales of her ""love life"" with Professor Oglevee, the author convinces Nikki to write her own book about it all. The book becomes a best-seller that has love-starved women chasing after Stanley?EUR?now Nikki must devise a plan to scare them all away from her man. Meanwhile, Kim assists the head stylist for a super obnoxious super model.
She's Positive
14. She's Positive
February 16, 2004
When Kim and Stevie take T to a Murphy Lee show to celebrate his birthday, T meets and falls head over heels for Kai the girl of his dreams, but before things start to get hot and heavy between the two, she reveals that she is HIV positive. Meanwhile, Professor Oglevee enlists Nikki's catering talents to help impress a visiting team of representatives from a high profile university that is considering him for their Vice Presidency.
Can Two Wrongs Make a Right?
13. Can Two Wrongs Make a Right?
February 9, 2004
Nikki is up for a need-based scholarship to a university, but it is put in jeopardy when the school's representative shows up early to interview her and finds her at Andell's during a party gone wild. Also, Professor Oglevee lies about being a single dad in order to date a beautiful single mom.
School of Hard Knocks
12. School of Hard Knocks
January 12, 2004
When local DJ's Shag and Tone pick Kim as their new ""on-air hottie with a body,"" a bitter rivalry erupts between the two radio jocks as they both secretly vie for Kim's attention. Meanwhile, Nikki fumes after Andell becomes Professor Oglevee's star student.
Out with the Old, In with the New
11. Out with the Old, In with the New
December 15, 2003
When Stevie's mom brings home her new and much younger boyfriend, Stevie accepts an awkward invitation to join him for a more private meeting. Nikki suspects that he may be interested in more than friendship and convinces Sophia to spy on them. Meanwhile, Nikki enlists the gang's help in throwing a garage sale, but Professor Oglevee initially refuses to get involved until he realizes that there is money to be made.
Cheaters Never Prosper
10. Cheaters Never Prosper
November 24, 2003
When Nikki becomes Professor Oglevee's teaching assistant, she butts heads with the pretty young student who flirts with him for special treatment. Meanwhile, Kim, Stevie, T, Regina and Freddy compete for $5,000 by volunteering for a psych study in which they are forced to live for three days in cramped quarters.
Foul Ball
9. Foul Ball
November 17, 2003
Determined not to lose another annual softball game to the boys, Kim, Stevie and Nikki recruit Olympic softball player Jennie Finch as a ""ringer"" to help them win, forcing Professor Oglevee and T to get a ""ringer"" of their own, former Cincinnati Red and World Series champion, Eric Davis.
I Never Rapped for My Father
8. I Never Rapped for My Father
November 10, 2003
T's dad Thad, a former member of a one-hit wonder group, comes for a rare visit hoping to start a new band with his son, and T is forced to decide between joining his dad or sticking with his band Freestyle Unity. Meanwhile, Andell finds herself in a real bind with Nikki when Lurlene, her cousin visiting from Louisiana, accidentally makes a date with Professor Oglevee.
Kimmie Has Two Moms
7. Kimmie Has Two Moms
November 3, 2003
When Kim and Nikki win a guest appearance on their favorite daytime talk show, ""Zorah,"" Andell must sub in as Kim's mom when Nikki gets sick on the day of the show, but when Nikki comes bursting into the studio also claiming to be Kim's mom, Zorah continues the show assuming that Andell and Nikki are lesbian mothers. Meanwhile, Professor Oglevee agrees to play Cyrano de Bergerac so T can charm a beautiful older woman.
The Mack Is Like Wo!
6. The Mack Is Like Wo!
October 20, 2003
Professor Oglevee goes on a dating game show where America will choose one of four fine--yet somewhat freaky--women he'll go on a date with. To his horror, Nikki swindles her way on to the show as one of his potential dates. Meanwhile, Kim, Stevie and T open a smoothie stand on campus, but after several failed attempts at finding the right flavor, Kim stumbles upon Grandma's delicious and quite intoxicating secret formula.
The Accidental Therapist
5. The Accidental Therapist
October 13, 2003
Nikki blackmails Professor Oglevee into attending therapy sessions when her testimony is required to prove a car accident wasn't his fault. Meanwhile, T and Stevie enlist Kim's help to snap celebrity photos for a tabloid.
Mama, I'm Baaack!
4. Mama, I'm Baaack!
October 6, 2003
Kim surprises everyone when she returns home from Harvard, but since Nikki has rented out her room, she and Andell come up with a scheme to force out the new nightmare roommate, Erica. Meanwhile, Professor Oglevee becomes obsessed with an illegal pyramid-like scam that T convinces him to join.
A Plot with a View
3. A Plot with a View
September 29, 2003
Nikki buys a burial plot for herself and Professor Oglevee from a shady undertaker. Meanwhile, Stevie and T hire a new singer for the band in order to replace Kim.
Squatter's Rights
2. Squatter's Rights
September 22, 2003
Professor Oglevee goes broke after his inheritance is swallowed by his uncle's back taxes, forcing him to move in with an elated Nikki, who is convinced this is the first step towards marrying him. But Andell is not so sure.
Til Death Do Us Part---And Make It Soon
1. Til Death Do Us Part---And Make It Soon
September 15, 2003
When Nikki discovers Professor Oglevee's secret honeymoon whereabouts, she sneaks aboard their yacht to try to win him back only to discover that Stanley's new wife, Paris, is plotting to murder him for his inheritance money. Meanwhile, Nikki also begins to realize how lonely she is since Kim moved across the country to be with her boyfriend.
Where to Watch The Parkers
The Parkers is available for streaming on the UPN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Parkers on demand at Netflix and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 30, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (2,645)