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Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season 1 (1990)

Corin Nemec , Billy Jayne , Bryan Spicer  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Corin Nemec, Billy Jayne, Troy W. Slaten, Melanie Chartoff, Abraham Benrubi
  • Directors: Bryan Spicer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season 1" on IMDb

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For most teenagers, high school is filled with obstacles nearly impossible to traverse. But then there is Parker Lewis (Corin Nemec, Stargate SG-1), the one teenager able to overcome any barrier with the use of his wits and the help of his best buds, rock n roller Mikey (William Jayne) and their quintessential nerd assistant Jerry (Troy Slaten). Of course, that does not mean Principal Grace Musso (Melanie Chartoff) will give up her attempts to foil the Buds' plans to maintain total coolness!

With smart writing, a unique style, an amazing supporting cast including Abraham Benrubi (ER) and Timothy Stack (Son Of The Beach)the first season of Parker Lewis Cant Lose ushered in the coolness of the 90s: brightly colored shirts and all!

Bonus Features:

* The History Of Coolness: A Look Back At Parker Lewis Cant Lose With The Cast And Creators

* Audio Commentaries

Launched by Fox in 1990, Parker Lewis Can't Lose exploded onto the scene like a 1980s flashback. Witness the Ducky-style pompadours, retina-searing shirts, and reggae-goes-new wave theme song. As with Ferris Bueller before him, Parker (Corin Nemec) is the kind of quick-thinking teenager who can charm his peers with ease. He even has a bratty kid sister, Shelly (Maia Brewton), and two “best buds,” guitar-slinging Mikey (William Jayne) and calculator-sporting Jerry (Troy Slaten). Principal Grace Musso (Melanie Chartoff), however, doesn't find Parker's antics--most revolving around his expertise with electronics--quite so endearing.

With the aid of her black-clad henchman, er, special obedience helper Frank Lemmer (Taj Johnson), Parker's pranks rarely go undetected, but due to his ingenuity and friendship with six-foot-seven-inch football player Larry Kubiac (ER's Abraham Benrubi), Lewis rarely does more than detention (and as for that ever-present camcorder: his parents run a video store). During the first season, Parker and buds battle a slick rival, a Heathers-like girl gang, and devious substitute principal-turned-teacher Dr. Norman Pankow (Gerrit Graham). Cartoon sound effects, extreme close-ups, fast-cutting, and film parodies, from Casablanca to The Karate Kid, add considerable zap and pow to their Santo Domingo High misadventures.

Some of the guests to contribute to the first year include Milla Jovovich, Josh Lucas, and Ziggy Marley. Cast, crew, and creators Lon Diamond and Dexter’s Clyde Phillips comment on seven episodes. The other extra, "The History of Coolness," features interviews with most of the main players, including X-Files director Rob Bowman. Though Diamond and Phillips acknowledge the influence of ‘80s icon John Hughes and though Parker debuted the same year as his Ferris Bueller spin-off, the duo beat the odds when their competitor quickly bit the dust, while their show ran for two more seasons. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
I have fond memories of watching Parker Lewis Can't Lose with my family on Sunday evenings on Fox back in 1990 when it first aired, and we all enjoyed it. Where I lived in San Francisco it was on at 7:30 right before The Simpsons and lasted for three seasons.

It may be nearly 20 years after the fact, but even now it holds up as a high-quality show of uncommon intelligence and humor, and is notable for being one of the Fox Network's early hits. Besides inventive storylines and a light, humorous touch, Parker and his buds are memorable characters, and the casting is pitch-perfect. The editing and camera movements are creative, enhancing the whimsical and quirky nature of the show.

And I, for one, appreciate the fact that this show is somewhat of a time capsule of early-90s clothing and styles. I was in high school when this show was on, and it reminds me of those days more than a little bit.

The 26 Season One episodes are hands-down the best in my opinion, and hopefully this set will sell like hotcakes thus necessitating a Season Two release. The abbreviated Season Three (only 22 episodes) is a different story, however. It is notorious in tv history as being a classic "shark-jumper"--at the behest of the producer, it changed its name to "Parker Lewis" (losing the "Can't Lose" moniker) and became more of a vanilla after-school-special type program no longer resembling the irreverent show of the first two seasons.

Here are the 26 Season One episodes in broadcast order:

1. Pilot (9/2/90)
2. Operation Kubiak (9/9/90)
3. Power Play (9/16/90)
4. Parker Lewis Must Lose (9/23/90)
5. Close, But No Guitar (9/30/90)
6. G.A.G. Dance (10/7/90)
7. Love's a Beast (10/14/90)
8. Saving Grace (10/21/90)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great show horrible transfer quality July 29, 2009
It is a good show, if you are looking at this you already know what its about. The only problem and it is a BIG problem is the quality of transfer to DVD. It stinks, I had old copies of the show I had made on VHS while it was on TV and the quality of those after all these years of fading is about the same or better than the DVD quality. When I first tried to watch it I thought my DVD player or TV was messed up, it was that bad. The worst part of the movie are the times when they froze the image and continue on with the talking or audio, at those points you really see how bad the transfer was... frankly I would suggest passing on this one because of quality of the transfer alone. Go look for a VHS copy of it and you'll find better quality than the DVD. VERY VERY disappointed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last!!! February 19, 2009
At long last, Parker Lewis is finally coming to DVD! This truly is one of the best shows ever broadcast on TV and it's one of the mysteries (and injustices) of the universe that Screech from Saved by the Bell gets a DVD release but quality like Parker Lewis (and Midnight Caller) have to endure fan petitions to get a well-deserved DVD release. Now let's keep the pressure on for seasons 2 and 3 to be on DVD!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS IT GETS February 26, 2009
I gotta say, AT LAST!!! This is the premier and best sitcom of American Television along with Malcolm in the Middle. If you've not seen it yet, prepare to get hooked - this show is extremely addictive. Parker Lewis - a High School genius, not by books; but by creativity has a way out of every situation he gets himself into thanks to the "Musso excuse files" kept safely hidden on a football sized rolodex in Steiner overcoat. Meanwhile Mikey, has the knack for finding trouble, actually they all do; the 3 Tenors of high school sheningans and pranks. The principle Grace Musso, and her able assistant Frank Lemmer - who's official title as Special Obedience Helper steal nearly every scene. This is the show to escape into non-reality and just enjoy yourself. No big message here, just straight up entertainment. The cast is classic casting, everyone here belongs on this show and you will learn all about everyone important to the cast in the very first episode. And you will immediately be hooked. But the biggest star of this comedy series wasn't the cast, it was the special affects. This show was so ahead of it's time, the sounds and visuals, strange camara angles, Musso's "unopposeable thumb," the sound of Kubiaks 300 pounds walking thru the hallways of Santo Domingo High; nothing I write here will do justice for the genius of creativity this show had. But don't take my word for it, see it for yourself, and like so many of us who have waited long overdue, you will be hooked, and you too will realize this is as good as it gets.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't lose buying this one!! February 26, 2009
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I remember catching episodes back when this show was on TV, and I remember how unusually funny and clever it was. I still remember the one episode (which I think was a season finale) where the camera pulls all they way back from the set, and there's these two guys sitting way in the back, and one leans over to the other and says something like, "So THAT'S how they do it." This was a direct slam at the attempted copycat show "Ferris Buellers Day Off" which wasn't funny at all (unlike the brilliant movie).

But the real spirit of Ferris Bueller lived on in Parker Lewis, and now I'll be able to see all the episodes I missed. Now, if we could get Max Headroom and Shewolf of London out on DVD, I could die in peace knowing I'd lived a full life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quick ship. As advertised. Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by Sifu T
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised how well this holds up.
I was a huge fan of this show as a teen. (Even had a graphically obnoxious shirt I called my "Parker Lewis shirt". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth A. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolness Achieved
In 1990, Fox was still a growing network that looked into airing fun, hip, creative and edgy shows from all walks of life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars soundtrack
Hi: My name is Jerry. I am a great fan of this series. I watched it when it first came out, and watch it still. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jerry gates
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Came very quickly -- I asked them to post it ASAP and they posted it within a few hours.
Discs have smudges on them but this did not affect the playing AT ALL. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ILoveBoysLikeGirls
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure nostalgia
I couldn't understand why I wanted to buy these series. But I still did. It has very good and unexpected insights and life lessons underneath the fun. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Detention to those who dont watch it!
Its great to relive highschool years and remember the colourful life or Parker, Mikey and Jerry. We all have had these characters at school including a big strong jock like kubiac,... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jase Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Stained dvd's prevent a full 5 stars!!
I was SOO incredibly excited when I found Parker Lewis on Amazon! My boyfriend has been talking about how it was his favorite show ever since I met him, and it hasn't been easy to... Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by SaraPie
4.0 out of 5 stars A great teen comedy
"Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season 1" is a great teen comedy that's like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" crossed with "Scrubs". Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by Tycereom
5.0 out of 5 stars A++
Received this item very fast, which was important because it was a Christmas gift, very happy with item!! Had plenty of time to wrap, item was in great condition!
Published on December 30, 2011 by Kara
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