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The Parkers
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ralph Farquhar
Sara V. Finney
Vida Spears
Starring Countess Vaughn
Mo'Nique
Jenna von Oy
Ken Lawson
Yvette Wilson
Dorien Wilson
Theme music composer Rodney Jerkins
Countess Vaughn
Composer(s) Kurt Farquhar
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 111 (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 time 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel UPN
Original run August 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) – May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)
Status Ended
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 featured the mother-daughter team of Nikki (played by Mo'Nique) and Kim Parker (played by Countess Vaughn). The Parkers' signature "Heeyyy" greeting made its way into popular vernacular in the early 2000s.

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Premise

The series centered 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.

Main characters

  • Kimberly Ann "Kim" Parker (played by Countess Vaughn) is the first of the two protagonists of the series. Kim is funny and lovable, but very dimwitted. Though she is usually behind most people when it comes to academics, her big heart and dreams makes up for it. Lead singer in her group, Free Style Unity. She is one of the most well known members of the cast, aside from Nikki. Although, at the end of the show her grades are so bad, she doesn't graduate from Santa Monica Community College, she goes on to become a successful fashion designer (Kim originated as a regular character on Moesha).
  • Nicole Kimberly "Nikki" Parker (played by Mo'Nique) is the second of the two protagonists of the series. Nikki cares a lot for her family, and lets nothing stand in the way of love. Although affectionate, she can also be violent, especially towards Kim. Throughout the series, she has several relationships with other people but her love always remains steadfast for the Professor Oglevee. In the series finale, she finally wins him over after five years of chasing him. He proposes to her, she accepts and they marry on that same day.
  • Stevie Van Lowe (played by Jenna Von Oy) is bitter about the relationship between her and her mother, but she still is a good friend towards "T" and Kim. She always talks about how she doesn't need companionship but in the end she realizes that's all she ever wanted. She is the back up singer in the group Free Style Unity. She goes to UCLA at the end of the series and goes into business with Kim.
  • Thaddeus "T" Radcliffe (played by Ken Lawson) is best friends with Kim and Stevie. Although his duty as a loyal friend can sometimes be side-tracked when he and the professor let their wannabe mack daddy status get in the way of true values. He is also the rapper in his, Kim, and Stevie's, group, Free Style Unity. He goes to Berklee College of Music at the end of the series.
  • Professor Stanley Oglevee (played by Dorien Wilson) is constantly being pursued by Nikki. He loses several companions because Nikki either scares them off or completely sabotages the relationship. He is a type of role model to "T" and often counsels him about love—sometimes with disastrous results. Twice during the series he is convinced he loves Nikki, but changes his mind. The second time he has a vision of himself in the mirror, which ultimately convinces him to crash Nikki's wedding to a man she met several weeks prior, and propose marriage. Nikki, of course, accepts and they marry on that same day.
  • Andell Wilkerson (played by Yvette Wilson, Andell originated as a regular character on Moesha) is Nikki Parker's ever loving and loyal best friend. She is the owner of the Andell's, a restaurant that is the setting for several episodes in the show. Throughout the show, she is usually the one keeping a level head. Though sometimes she can be pessimistic, in cases where she tries to convince Nikki that the professor will never like her or that Kim is hopelessly lost. At the end of the series, she gets married to her boyfriend Lester.

Series finale

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]

Episodes

Syndication

The Parkers had formerly aired in syndication on BET J before that channel's September 2009 conversion to Centric.[3] The cast members of The Parkers had a reunion on The Mo'Nique Show after five years.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2001 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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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
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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
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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
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Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series
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