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This show was clever and funny -- and so the network really didn't get it.
Some of the satire of middle-class "morality," school bureaucracy, and human
egotism was too sharp for the tastes of those folks who prefer every sitcom
to be a carbon copy of every other sitcom, all of which are Punch & Judy
Parker was a bright student with a couple of loyal buds who constantly fought their way out of the snares created by the unimaginative world around them. The show was creative, imaginative, funny, and touching. I'm glad to see that it has a new life on cable reruns.
Mental note: Watch the show!
I have only fond memories of this show and for me it set the standard
for teen comedies when it was running. The later competing Ferris
Beuller show didn't hold a candle to it. The site-gags were well done,
the cheeziness of the show was an asset, not a liability, and it was
consistently witty and clever; the likes of which hadn't really been
equalled until the Buffy series arrived on the scene many years later.
Still, I have yet to find this in any video or DVD form. I'd really like to watch the series again (as would my then-college roommate when the series came out). It was a sleeper and still has a semi-cult following. It's a shame that it is yet another common example of good series' that keep falling victim to TV execs who only care about dumbed down franchise material and instant gratification.
What's the hold up folks? Put out the DVD boxed set now!!!!
back in the early nineties, me and my best buddies back then loved this
show. parker, mikey and jerry where kinda role models to
the show's comic-like presentation is pretty cool, so are the gags. it has its own style. unique.
nowadays, im watching it again. its even better now, because i get more jokes than i did when i was 9 or 10. :) sadly, i have to admit that season 2 isnt at the level of season 1, and season 3 is almost a disaster. way too much love stories. in one episode parker says "i remember when this was my show", what made me think "yeah, me too"...
however, its a must-see. at least season 1 and 2 are. coolness.
This show illustrated early 1990s teen life with a new at the time method of cramming humor on many levels into a short thirty minute timeslot. Parker became an icon for the changing sense of cool in the early 90s and saw the nation through a time of transition from 80s materialism and glam-rockers into grunge and "alternative"ism. A rare ratings bringer for the at the time newly formed Fox Network, viewers welcomed change from the mentally devoid traditional family night viewing of the era. This show held its own and managed to build up a decent if not cult following for the wisecracking characters and sight gags/slapstick. The first season was a comic success followed by 2 more seasons of half-hearted "doogie howser" type plotlines, however there were "funny" and "cheezy" shows in all three.
I love it. I do. This, IMHO, is what a teenage/youth comedy should be. A
perfect example of how a series can be intriguing, funny and yet explore
very real situations high school students come face to face with every
And it does this without being crude, without offensive language etc.
seen the series, some of the other similar series like Sweet valley high,
Saved by the bell and, yes, Ferris Bueller (TV series) look like pale
imitations and wannabes.
Granted, Parker isn't for everyone. The surreal situations may alienate or
simply bother some viewers. But it depends on the person.
Give it a try.
Me and my sister used to watch this damn show all the time back in the day. We LOVED it. And we wept when it was cancelled. We WEPT. Most GroundBreaking shows do end up getting cancelled though. But like my old man said, "Crying won't do anything. You have to take action!" So me and my sister started a letter writing campaign to get this show brought back. Of course, we started said campaign last week, but you never know! you never, NEVER know!!!
"Parker Lewis" was a very unusual show, and that's probably also the reason
why it only lasted 3 seasons. The show revolves around the life of the main
character Parker (the trendy guy), and his pals, Mikey (the cool guy), Jerry
(the nerdy guy) and later on also Kubiac (the bully guy, who turned out to
be all right).
It's all about being a teenager, and all what comes with it, love, trouble with the parents, making choices etc. What makes the show unique is the stories, and more importantly how they are told. It's hard to explain really, but it's something out of the ordinary, and it definately worth checking out.
Even though the show didn't last very long, it did help make the way for other brilliant children/young adult shows such as "Eerie Indiana" and "The Adventures of Pete and Pete".
Somebody happened to say "coolness" to me yesterday who was wearing this
obnoxious shirt, and it made me instantly remember this show. I religiously
watched this show in college. The first season is nothing short of pure
genius. Absolutely helarious with irreverant characters, whacky plots, and
some camera work that rivals the Cohen brothers in Raising Arizona.
Every now and then you can catch somebody on Ebay selling off the entire show on VHS. If you get a chance to see an episode, don't miss it. Its genuinely funny stuff.
However, beware the 3rd season. The show's popularity seemed to cause it troubles with the Studio Execs so they retooled the show in the 3rd season and killed off a lot of its charm. Most of the 3rd season episodes are booooooring standard sit-com fair.
A superb series which only lasted for three seasons. Each episode was
meaningful and whilst there were sight gags, the series developed into
monologues about relationships, which was handled in a humorous and witty
manner. The characters evolved and in particular, Kubiac went from being a
brute to someone with a three dimensional character who actually had
feelings and emotions.
Although "Parker Lewis" was not a very long-running series, it shortly became very popular in my home country Hungary when it was bought by channel TV2. It took stock characters and stereotypes to the very limit of reality, while the creators successfully avoided clichés and kept focusing on the consistent high quality of the jokes, whether textual or visual. After multiple reruns, this show still leaves a nostalgic feeling in just about everyone who had spent their tens and twenties in the time the show was aired around Europe. The unique style and exceptionally good sitcom humour of Parker Lewis makes it one of the most outstanding comic series of the nineties. You can still hear people quoting the series and synchronizing their watches every now and then. Should it be released on DVD (as it is rumoured by an online petition), the producing Columbia Tri-Star can make sure that there will be many orders from Hungary and from Europe as a whole. Hope we get a release soon.
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