''Parker Lewis Can't Lose'' was a sitcom on the {{Fox}} network, running from [[TheNineties 1990 to 1993]]. It centered around a good-hearted (but low-scrupled) HighSchool wheeler-dealer and his two associates, and the scams, cons and manipulations that they got away with (mostly) day to day. It starred Corin Nemec, now known for playing the former TropeNamer for SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute on ''Series/StargateSG1''.

It was clearly influenced by the classic teen movie ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' -- much more so than the movie's TV adaptation; many consider ''ParkerLewisCantLose'' to be the SpiritualSuccessor to the ''Ferris Bueller'' film. ''Parker Lewis Can't Lose'' actually had ''lower'' ratings than ''Ferris Bueller'', but the Fox network was still in its early years and thus had lower expectations, allowing ''Lewis'' to outlast ''Bueller'' by two seasons.

In later seasons, the show's title was truncated to simply ''Parker Lewis''. In one episode the title character has such unusual bad luck that the main title credit was changed to ''Parker Lewis Can't Win''.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AchillesInHisTent
* ActorAllusion: Shelley goes undercover using the name "Shelley Nemec".
* ActuallyNotAVampire: In one episode, Frank Lemmer is shown avoiding sunlight and other things, prompting Shelly to think he's a vampire. This culminates with her splashing him with a bucket full of holy water.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Shelly Lewis
* BagOfHolding: Jerry's trenchcoat.
* BerserkButton: Kubiak and his lunch, don't ever touch it. UrbanLegend states he once punched out (and possibly killed) a ''nun'' for sitting on his lunch bag.
* TheBGrade: Jerry Steiner
* CatchPhrase: "Coolness!", "Not a problem," "Synchronise Swatches!" "Food/Eat now!"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lemmer, after season 2.
* ConspiracyTheory:
--> Come on, Frank! Everyone knows you have the missing eleven minutes of the Watergate tapes!
* DeanBitterman: Miss Musso.
* TheDragon: Frank Lemmer.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: "''...Lloyd?!''"
* {{Expy}}: Parker Lewis, of Ferris Bueller.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Kube. At one point he's seen eating leaves off a tree.
* {{Flanderization}}: In the early episodes, it was made clear that Kube's {{Hulkspeak}} and general attitude were an [[ObfuscatingStupidity act]], and that he was in fact both intelligent, capable of proper speech and highly sensitive.
* GreatWhiteHunter: In "Future Shock", Principal Russo hires Great White Hunter Rex Huston to track down and retrieve Kube who is hiding in the ventilation system to avoid a vaccination.
* HammerSpace: Jerry's velcro-lined coat.
* HighSchool
* HighSchoolHustler: Parker Lewis is an iconic example.
* HulkSpeak: Kubiak
* LamarckWasRight: The Reunion episode.
* LoveFloats: One episode shows this happening to Jerry every time Shelly says something nice to him.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: The Kube is this in-universe, as the atypical bully act he initially has is just to play up how people view him but he's actually a pretty decent guy at heart.
* MrsRobinson: Miss Musso tends to stare at virile young men...just long enough to make it awkward.
* {{Nerd}}: Jerry is one of these in the biggest way... and a doormat.
* OperationBlank
* PowerTrio: Ego = Parker, Id = Mikey, Superego = Jerry.
** Sometimes drifts into a FiveManBand dynamic: TheHero = Parker, TheLancer = Mikey, TheSmartGuy = Jerry, TheBigGuy = Kube, and with an empty TheChick spot (filled occasionally by Shelly, occasionally by the [[TemporaryLoveInterest temporary love interest]] ).
* RebusBubble
* ShoutOut: Parker describes his [[TheRival rival]] Matt Styles:
--> '''Parker:''' Who does this Matt guy think he is, Ferris Bueller?
** In the same episode when Matt uses Parker's excuse Rolodex:
--> '''Parker:''' "[[StarWars I sense a disturbance in the force.]]"
** When Parker is shipped off to detention, one of the people he meets there is [[MarriedWithChildren David Faustino wearing a "Polk High" shirt saying]] "I don't even go to this school!"
* SittingOnTheRoof: In later seasons.
* SittingSexyOnAPiano: Once, during an ImagineSpot.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off.''
* SubordinateExcuse: Frank Lemmer and Miss Musso.
* TakeThat: Soon after the ''Ferris Bueller'' series was cancelled, one episode ended with the camera pulling back to reveal the episode (still running) on a movie screen in a small theater. In the theater are two people, Parker Lewis and a teenage boy hidden in shadows. Parker turns to the other boy and says, "See, Ferris? That's how it's supposed to be done."
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Dr Pankow.
* UnusualEuphemism: In the episode "Home Alone with Annie", Parker and his girlfriend keep dancing around the prospect of a... RelationshipUpgrade by referring to it as "watching cable (TV)."
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