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Encyclopedia > Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Genre Sitcom, Comedy
Created by Clyde Phillips
Starring Corin Nemec, Troy Slaten, Billy Jayne, Melanie Chartoff, Taj Johnson, Abraham Benrubi, Maia Brewton, Gerrit Graham
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 73
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run 2 September 199013 June 1993
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Parker Lewis Can't Lose was an early 1990s comedy television series produced by Columbia Pictures Television that was strongly influenced by the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The series originally aired on the Fox network from September 1990 to June 1993 (three seasons, 73 episodes), the last season sporting the simpler title Parker Lewis. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Corin Nemec as Jonas Quinn in Stargate SG-1 Corin Nemec (born November 5, 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American actor. ... Troy Slaten (born Troy William Slaten, February 21, 1975 in Los Angels, California) is an actor. ... Billy Jayne (born William Jacoby, April 10, 1969 in Flushing, Queens, New York) is an actor. ... Melanie Chartoff (born December 15, 1948 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an actress best known for her voice role in Rugrats, and for her comedic work on the ABC series Fridays from 1980-1982, and on the early 90s Fox sitcom Parker Lewis Cant Lose. ... Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi (born October 4, 1969 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA) is an actor best known for his regular appearances as Jerry Markovic on the long-running US TV drama ER, and for his first role as Francis Lawrence Kubiac III, aka Larry Kubiac or Kube on the early... Maia Brewton Maia Brewton Print ad for Parker Lewis Cant Lose Maia Brewton (born September 30, 1977 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress who enjoyed success in the late eighties and early nineties. ... Gerrit Graham (born: 27 November 1949 in New York, New York) is an American actor and writer. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Columbia Pictures Television logo, used from 1992-2001. ... Ferris Buellers Day Off is a 1986 comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


The series depicts the tribulations of the title character Parker Lewis, a Santo Domingo High School student, for whom nothing is impossible. Just like his best buds Jerry Steiner and Mikey Randall and his girlfriend Annie Sloane, his prime concern is achieving and maintaining coolness during the turbulent years of puberty. However, their efforts keep being thwarted by Parker's little sister, Shelly, and principal Grace Musso. Apart from various aspects of teenage life, embedded in a surreal, living-cartoon-like quality and the clever camera angles and filming techniques, an episode regularly contains more or less subtle references to movies, politics, and celebrities. The surrealism was toned down in the series' final season. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up cool in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... “Young Men” redirects here. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. ... For the 1998 movie, see Celebrity (1998 movie). ... Max Ernst. ...


The TV spinoff Ferris Bueller, which was directly based on Ferris Bueller's Day Off, debuted on NBC during the same month, but it only lasted 13 episodes. Parker Lewis Can't Lose actually had lower ratings, but the Fox Network was still in its early years and thus had lower expectations. Ferris Bueller was a short-lived spin-off of 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Buellers Day Off. ... Ferris Buellers Day Off is a 1986 comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...

Contents

Main characters

Parker Lewis Can't Lose - original FOX advertisement
Parker Lewis Can't Lose - original FOX advertisement
  • Parker Lewis (played by Corin Nemec) - Smart guy with a penchant for garish shirts. He usually has a plan up his sleeve, and they in turn usually involve outsmarting someone else. Parker is famous for his philosophy, "not a problem," which he often says when faced with trouble. In the final season, Parker finally settled down with one girl, Annie, and he seemed more mature and less reliant on his "not a problem" attitude.
  • Jerry Steiner (played by Troy Slaten) - Archetypal nerd. In the first two seasons, he always wears a trench coat from which he produces almost any object imaginable, apparently fixed inside with velcro. He addresses everyone by last name, i.e., "Mr. Lewis," "Mr. Randall," and even "Mr. Kubiac," or collectively as "sirs". At the end of the credits, Jerry is stuffed into his locker by the Kube, causing him to plaintively call for "Mr. Lewis? Mr. Randall? Mr. Phillips? (Clyde Phillips, the series' creator and executive producer) Hello?"
  • Mikey Randall (played by Billy Jayne) - Rock'n'Roll rebel without a cause. By far the most emotionally driven of the trio.
  • Grace Musso (played by Melanie Chartoff) - Principal of Flamingo High; Parker's arch-nemesis. Often breaks the glass on her office door, and with that trademark 'swoosh' when she swings her arm with thumbs pointing to the door.
  • Franklin Lemmer (played by Taj Johnson) - Principal Musso's ultra-Republican sidekick and "lapdog" with vampiric tendencies. Likes to wear black and seems to have a telepathic connection to the principal. Obsessed with war, strategy and politics. He is able to teleport at will.
  • Francis Lawrence 'Larry' Kubiac (played by Abraham Benrubi) - a.k.a. "Kube", he is built like a dinosaur with a brain to match, yet with a surprisingly sweet disposition. Initially not a member of Parker's gang, he later develops some ties to them. But still, he is more of a force of nature than a real player.
  • Shelly Lewis (played by Maia Brewton) - Parker's other arch-nemesis, his little sister. She likes to manipulate their parents to her benefit, which usually annoys Parker to no end.
  • Dr. Norman Pankow (played by Gerrit Graham) - The principal of El Corrado High School and Musso's primary adult rival. His doctorate is in penology. As tough as Musso is, Pankow is regarded as far, far worse.
  • Coach Frank Kohler (played by comedian John Pinette). Joining during the show's final season, Frank Kohler served as a father figure for Larry Kubiac and the new owner of the Atlas Diner, which he finally loses in the show's final episode, "The Last Supper." He is obsessed with Grace Musso, who is completely repulsed by him.
  • Annie Sloane (played by Jennifer Guthrie). Parker's love interest from the middle of the second season to the show's end.

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International

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Cultural References

  • Alternative rock band Fall Out Boy released a song entitled "Parker Lewis Can't Lose (But I'm Gonna Give It My Best Shot)." on their very first album Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend. the song boasts the lyrics: "In the meantime/just talking to my shoes converse with my Converse/at least they hear a word I say"
  • The Western name for a common pig character in early Sonic the Hedgehog video games is Porker Lewis.
  • At the end of the first season finale episode, "Parker Lewis Can't Win," two figures observing the PLCL set say: "So that's how they do it!" "C'mon, Ferris, let's get out of here." (A reference to the short run of the rival Ferris Bueller on NBC).
  • In one episode during the second season, a background figure in a crowd scene can be seen holding a sign to the viewing audience that reads, "Thank you for not watching Eerie, Indiana." Eerie, Indiana was an NBC program on opposite PLCL during 1991-1992.
  • The two primary antagonists, Mrs. Musso and Frank, may be named as a reference to the famous Hollywood restaurant Musso & Frank Grill.

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Episodes

Season 1 (1990-1991)

  1. Pilot
  2. Operation Kubiak
  3. Power Play
  4. Parker Lewis Must Lose
  5. Close, But No Guitar
  6. G.A.G. Dance
  7. Love's a Beast
  8. Saving Grace
  9. Musso & Frank
  10. Deja Dudes
  11. Radio Free Flamingo
  12. Science Fair
  13. Teacher, Teacher
  14. Rent-a-Kube
  15. Heather the Class
  16. Jerry: Portrait of a Video Junkie
  17. Splendor in the Class
  18. The Human Grace
  19. Citizen Kube
  20. Randall Without a Cause
  21. Jerry's First Date
  22. Against the Norm
  23. King Kube
  24. Teens from a Mall
  25. My Fair Shelly
  26. Parker Lewis Can't Win

Season 2 (1991-1992)

  1. Father Knows Less
  2. A Walk on the Dark Side
  3. Full Mental Jacket
  4. Future Shock
  5. The Undergraduate
  6. Stormy Mikey
  7. Fat Boy and Little Man
  8. Aging Gracefully
  9. The Parker Chronicles
  10. Rock 'n' Roles
  11. Loves Handles
  12. Boy Meets Girl
  13. Raging Kube
  14. Tower of Power
  15. Obscene and Not Heard
  16. Goodbye Mr. Rips
  17. Civil Wars
  18. Glory Daze
  19. Boy Meets Girl II
  20. Dance of Romance
  21. When Jerry Met Shelly
  22. Geek Tragedy
  23. Money Talks
  24. Home Alone with Annie
  25. Diner '75

Season 3 (1992-1993)

  1. Flamingo Graffiti
  2. Cape Flamingo
  3. The Kiss
  4. Summer of '92
  5. Love is Hell
  6. Jerry's Journey
  7. Beauty and the Kube
  8. Hungry Heart
  9. Lewis and Son
  10. Kohler Buys the Diner
  11. Parker's Got a Brand New Car
  12. An Unmarried Musso
  13. Educating Brad
  14. The Love Bug
  15. Write or Die
  16. The Bitch is Back
  17. Musso: a Wedding
  18. A Night to Remember
  19. Boys Night In
  20. Senior Jerry
  21. The Rocky Kohler Picture Show
  22. The Last Supper

Trivia

  • Actor Seth Green originally auditioned for the role of Jerry Steiner, but lost out to Troy Slaten, Presumably this is also where he met Abraham Benrubi, with whom he appeared in Without a Paddle, and who is also a frequent guest voice actor on Green's Adult Swim show Robot Chicken
  • The theme for every high-school dance in the show was "Remember The 80s".[citation needed]
  • Larry Kubiac's first name is actually Francis, as revealed by his younger brother Bobby in the pilot episode. Neither Bobby nor any other mention of Kubiac's first name appeared in any other episode of the show.
  • Robin Fecknowitz, the love object of both Parker and Mikey in the pilot, was played by actress Milla Jovovich.[citation needed]
  • Fall Out Boy recorded a song with the same title onto their debut album Evening Out With your Girlfriend.

Seth Green (born February 8, 1974, Overbrook Park, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and television producer best known for his acting roles as Doctor Evils son Scott in the Austin Powers series of comedy films and Daniel Oz Osbourne on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer. ... Without a Paddle is a 2004 film about three men going on a camping trip. ... Adult Swim, sometimes rendered [adult swim] based on its logo, is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ... Robot Chicken is an Emmy-winning American stop motion animated television series distributed by Sony Pictures Digital and produced by Stoop!d Monkey, ShadowMachine Films and Williams Street, currently airing in the US as a part of Cartoon Networks Adult Swim line-up, in Britain as part of Bravo... Milla (Militza) Jovovich (Serbian: Милица Јововић/Milica Jovović, Ukrainian: Мілла Йовович/Mіlla Jovovič; born December 17, 1975) is an American supermodel, actress, musician, singer, and fashion designer. ...

DVD Release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment currently has no plans to release the show on DVD, possibly due to music clearance issues. Both Corin Nemec and Abraham Benrubi have expressed an interest in seeing the show released, and it is currently one of Sony's most-requested TV titles for release.


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