Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season 1
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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!
* The History Of Coolness: A Look Back At Parker Lewis Cant Lose With The Cast And Creators
* Audio Commentaries
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
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had forgotten just how much fun this show is. What a joy to revisit it and to introduce my children to the fun.Published 3 months ago by Michael T.
Brought back so many memories from the 90s. I had even forgotten alot of the sayings I still use today came from this show. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ella Lopez
Really funny stuff. Loud and proud 90's with strong characters and exaggerated high-school stereotypes.Published 4 months ago by Darren
I never watched this when it first aired and I was hoping since I am a bit older now I'd really be into it but it is just ok to me, nothing special just ok.Published 6 months ago by Kevin
I think the tv show is great! My problem is the quality of the dvd`s.The dvd set is sealed so I expect new quality. When I played Disc 1 & 3 &4 they froze up & skipped scenes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael Ambeau
I was a huge fan of this show as a teen. (Even had a graphically obnoxious shirt I called my "Parker Lewis shirt". Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Elizabeth A. Clarke
In 1990, Fox was still a growing network that looked into airing fun, hip, creative and edgy shows from all walks of life. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Barry
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 morePublished on October 30, 2013 by jerry gates