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[[caption-width-right:297:Clockwise from the left: [[ButtMonkey Professor Stanley Oglevee]], [[CasanovaWannabe Thaddeus "T" Radcliffe]], [[TheSmartGirl Stevie Van Lowe]], [[CloudCuckooLander Kim Parker]], [[SassyBlackWoman Nikki Parker]], and [[ReallyGetsAround Andell Wilkerson]].]]

->''"[[CatchPhrase Heeyyy!]]"''

''The Parkers'' is a ComedySeries that aired on UPN from August 30, 1999, to May 10, 2004. A spin-off of UPN's ''Series/{{Moesha}}'', The Parkers featured the mother-daughter team of Nikki (played by Mo'Nique) and Kim Parker (played by Countess Vaughn).

The series centered around a mother and daughter who both attend Santa Monica College. Nikki Parker was forced to give up her dreams of going to college when she discovered she was pregnant with daughter Kim. After Kim reaches adulthood, Nikki finally decides to go back to school. Kim is initially mortified with this decision, but eventually accepts the situation. Most episodes revolved around Nikki's [[StalkerWithACrush infatuation]] with Professor Stanley Oglevee or trying to break up any other potential romance he has.

Unlike Moesha, this was a straight up comedy sitcom then a Dramady. And even managed to reach it's end unlike it's parent series which ended on a {{Cliffhanger}}.

The series finale aired on May 10, 2004 and drew in 3.6 million viewers. In the finale, [[spoiler:Professor Oglevee finally realizes his true feelings for Nikki just as she is about to marry another man and they get married in the same episode]].

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!!Tropes:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Nikki to Professor Oglevee [[spoiler:at first]].
* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite her size, Nikki has been shown doing very extreme stunts. In Til Death Do Us Apart - And Make It Soon and some other episodes, she doubles as an ActionGirl.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "And The Winner Is..." had each member of Freestyle Unity enter the contest behind the other members' back due to the contest not accepting groups, so Stevie, T, and Kim are seen doing solo performances.
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: Prof. Oglevee.
* AlphaBitch: Regina.
* AltarTheSpeed: Kim and Jerel have a quickie wedding in Las Vegas. [[spoiler:It's annulled when Jerel's mom reveals that he is only 17]].
* AmbiguouslyGay or CampGay: Freddie, [[spoiler: but seeing that he's the father of Regina's baby from a one night stand, he may be CampStraight]].
* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Elder Sister]]/[[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Older Sibling]]: Nikki's older sister Constance is pretty insufferable, pissing off Dez, Tommy, and The Professor for not letting them eat the Thanksgiving dinner until Kim and Tiffany came back. She even threw out Nikki's flowers and started bossing everyone around, who were shocked to see Nikki actually "enduring" her sister's behavior.
** This also applies to Prof. Olgevee's older brother Sterling.
* BackToSchool: The entire premise of the show.
* BettyAndVeronica: Nikki was normally the Betty to the Professor's various girlfriends, notably the main one who was actually named Veronica. Considering her full name was Veronica Cooper, this may have been intentional.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Nikki may or may not have some shades of this. However, her CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the episode, "Squatter's Right", kinda leans towards this.
** BewareTheSillyOnes: Kim, however, is this trope, if the episode "Somebody's Watching You", has anything to say about it.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Nikki and Andell are both rather large women and are portrayed as [[DudeMagnet Dude Magnets]], to a certain degree.
* BigEater: Nikki.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Paris in "Jury Duty", and it was practically obvious to everyone. Well, the women, anyway; [[AllMenArePerverts the men were just too horny to find her guilty.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Regina [[spoiler: getting knocked up in the series finale, by Freddy. In reality, the actress was pregnant and wanted to announce it in the show.]]
* BrotherChuck: Nikki's friend Desiree from Season 1.
** Symone, the lost member of Freestyle Unity.
* TheBroCode: Andel breaks it when [[spoiler: she makes out with Mel, Nikki's ex-husband]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGYt4QcXYT0&feature=related Et Tu Andell?]] Stevie does the same to Kim after dating Hakeem.
* BrokenAesop: [[spoiler: Nikki, after so many years of putting herself out there only to get rejected coldly time and time again by the professor, finally moves on for good and gets over him, planning to marry a new man who treats her well and respects her. During the series finale wedding ceremony The Professor, after having a LoveEpiphany, goes to her and begs for her love, only to have her reject her husband to be so she can be with him. So, to review - obsess over someone until you have too much respect for yourself & finally move on and then the person of your obsession will come around?]]
* CatSmile: Nikki at times.
* CatchPhrase: The page quote. Also Prof. Oglevee to Nikki: "Get away from me, you psycho!"
* ChristmasEpisode: Everyone gets locked in a department store on Christmas Eve.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Nikki anytime the Professor has a new girlfriend.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Kim.
** Her behavior is actually PlayedForDrama, as Regis [[spoiler: used her as a guinea pig for this psychology thesis; individuals with low-[=IQ=]s' who are still able to function.]] Kim, understandably, flips her lid.
* {{Crossover}}: With the parent series ''Moesha''. Hakeem and Moesha come to Kim's birthday party in the HalloweenEpisode. Another episode has Nikki working for Hakeem's mom at Magic Johnson Theaters.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The final episodes in the fourth season onto the final season opener seemed to be much more serious, especially the fourth season finale, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVT_o4y51JI&feature=related An Ivy League Of Her Own]], starting from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLkeDjHHKr4&feature=related Jury Duty]] when a gold-digger [[DeathBySex slept her with four ex-husbands until they died from heart attacks,]] stole their insurance money, gotten away with it, and almost made the Professor her next victim in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL_fl5Wbugw&feature=related Til Death Do Us Apart - And Make It Soon]]. The episode, "She's Positive", in Season 5, has T finding the girl of his dream, but then has second thoughts after finding out she's HIV-Positive.
** The fifth season opener may be the darkest episode of the whole series. Not even Nikki's and Paris' girl fight didn't seem to be PlayedForLaughs, seeing that Paris did intend to take out Nikki along with the Professor.
* {{Doorstopper}}: In "Love is a Royal Pain," Kim mentions that her boyfriend Royal has her reading Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged,'' and she describes the philosophy. Playing off of the novel's infamous length, and the fact that Kim is carrying a hardback edition, she hands the book to Nikki, who has trouble lifting it.
* DumbBlonde: Kim, in seasons 3 & 4.
* EvilTwin: The Professor's twin brother, Sebastian.
* FakeBand: Freestyle Unity, made up of T (Rapper), Kim (Vocals), and Stevie (Backup).
* FauxYay: Nikki and Veronica, off all people, acted as a lesbian couple to avoid a lesbian hitting on them. It quickly turns into LesYay when said lesbian compliment Andell's complexion, who is actually flattered.
* FemmeFatale: Paris. Kinda doubles as a DarkActionGirl as she breaks a table in half during her girl fight with Nikki in Til Death Do Us Apart - And Make It Soon, causing Nikki to back down. See DarkerAndEdgier for more examples.
* FiveManBand: In a way...
** TheHero: Nikki.
** TheLancer: Kim, Andell during Nikki's crazy schemes.
** TheSmartGuy: Stevie and/or Professor Oglevee.
** TheBigGuy: T.
** TheChick: Andell/Kim.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Right from the first episode: "I can't do that! He's a professor...[[spoiler: and my future husband.]]"
* FormerlyFat: Professor Oglevee. It's shown in a flashback when he reveals this to Nikki and her friends.
* FriendlyEnemies: Kim and Freddie.
* GameShowAppearance: Nikki and her family are on a game show called Family Secrets. [[spoiler: It's revealed that Nikki's mom and dad are actually her aunt and uncle and that her favorite aunt-a traveling jazz singer- is really her mother]].
** This is actually recycled from ''Series/{{Moesha}}'' with Dorian's own [[spoiler: FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo]]
* GayBarReveal: In the episode, "Since I Lost My Baby", Nikki teams up with Veronica to end Stanley's relationship with a woman named Angela. They (along with Andell) later discovered that Angela's ex-boyfriend Chris turns out to actually be a woman when they find her at the club Chris works at, learning that Angela is a lesbian, and that they ended up at a gaybar. HilarityEnsues.
* GenkiGirl: Kim.
* GraduateFromTheStory: Combine this with the GrandFinale. Everyone graduates [[spoiler: except Kim]], Nikki is the Valedictorian, and [[spoiler: she marries the Professor]].
* HalloweenEpisode: Kim's birthday is [[SignificantBirthDate October 31st]] and her party is the focus of one episode. Another year has the cast having a halloween party at [[HauntedHouse the home]] of the professor's new girlfriend.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Shaquan is only mentioned by Kim, usually during their phone conversations. [[spoiler: She finally appears in the finale.]]
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: [[ShutUpHannibal "Oh, and by the way, your name ain't 'Tra-say' it's Tracey, girl."]]
** Mind you, this was a ShutUpHannibal moment from ''Kim''.
* JerkAss: Gertie in general, but especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJHJs5lZntI&feature=related Practice What You Preach]], who kinda steps over the line for MoralEventHorizon for airing her old classmate Carla's laundry, [[HeelFaithTurn who just became a new minister]], about having a child out of wedlock with a married man and her attendance at Nikki's naughty-girl party, despite that [[{{Hypocrite}} Gertie herself was there]], all because [[DisproportionateRetribution Carla cheated off Gertie's exam]] and [[FreudianExcuse made her take the fall]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nikki can be pretty obnoxious, even a bully towards some, but out of most of the characters, she has the biggest heart, and is generally nice most of the time.
* HeroicBSOD: The fourth season finale and final season opener was a kick in the face for Nikki, [[spoiler: as the Professor proposes to Paris, causing her to ''pass out'', along with Kim who goes to Harvard with Regis,]] leaving her lonely and depressed.
* LonelyRichKid: Stevie.
* MagicalRealism: One HalloweenEpisode featured a Egyptian sorceress who tried to sacrifice the main cast to resurrect her dead lover, complete with mummy minions. A Valentines Day episode featured a Jamaican witch who gives Nikki a love potion that enchants most of the main cast. One ChristmasEpisode featured Santa Claus. Finally, the episode, "Saving Grace," features angels, that was not even a holiday special.
* MaleGaze: Stevie, but Veronica trumps her in this trope.
* MamaBear: Nikki's older sister Constance in the first ThanksgivingEpisode grew aware of this. Constance, just because you're ignorant of your daughter's wild intention and accusing Kim of being a bad influence when it's the other way around, doesn't mean [[BerserkButton you go and call your niece a liar.]] Besides from that, Nikki is willing to go through hell and high water for Kim.
* MarshmallowHell: This happens whenever Nikki puts someone in a headlock.
* MistakenForMurderer: Nikki thinks Prof. Oglevee's neighbor is a killer who is coming after her a la ''RearWindow''.
* OneShotCharacter: [[spoiler: Shaquan.]]
* PutOnABus: Of all people, [[spoiler: Kim.]], who goes away to Harvard in the fourth season finale. [[spoiler: She]] later come back on in the final season in [[spoiler: "Mama,]] I'm Baaack!"
* ShoutOut: Kim daydreams that everyone is on an episode of {{Dallas}}.
* ThanksgivingEpisode: One episode has Nikki and her sister fighting and another has Nikki and Kim fighting over the menu.
* TeacherStudentRomance: It's one-sided between Nikki and The Professor [[spoiler: until the finale]]. Also, though not a romance trope, [[spoiler: Regina slept with her college professor to save her GPA]], yet it was PlayedForLaughs, it does have some UnfortunateImplications.
* TeenPregnancy: It's why Nikki got married to Kim's dad (they later divorced) and had to put off going to college until Kim turned 18.
* TeensAreShort: Kim is significantly shorter than both her parents (Countess Vaughn is 4'11'', Monique is 5'9'', Tommy Ford is 6'4''). Lampshaded by an EnfanteTerrible in one episode who, when told by Kim that her father was also tall, responded with MamasBabyPapasMaybe.
** One episode revealed that Kim was likely switched at birth. Her birth mother is closer to Kim's height.
** Stevie is also significantly shorter than her mother. This is Lampshaded when Nikki first meets her, who retorts, "You are no leprechaun, yourself."
* TheReveal: In the finale, [[spoiler: we finally see Kim's best friend, Shaquan, who turns about to be Korean, which may be a shock to those who expected her to be black.]]
* TheCameo: In various seasons, the cast from Moesha, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, and Tweet.
* TokenWhite: Stevie, Kim's best friend Shaquan [[spoiler: as the Token Asian.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Nikki kinda gets upgraded to ActionGirl in the fifth season opener.
** TookALevelInDumbAss: Kim seemed much more competent in earlier seasons, mostly the first, before her CloudCuckooLander traits became more prominent.
*** TookALevelInKindness: She was also quite the bitch as well.
** TookALevelInJerkAss: For a temporary moment in Squatter's Right, the Professor. However, it may or may not be justified. See both the DarkerAndEdgier entry and the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page above.
* TooDumbToLive: The Professor, as much as you would want to get away from Nikki, is it worth becoming the next victim of the woman you proposed to, who got away with killed her fourth-ex husbands and collect their insurance, and suddenly reappears when you're in the newspaper for your inheritance after she coldly turns you down?
** It also doesn't help that Paris would have been sent to jail, if it wasn't for the Professor causing a mistrial. Nikki lampshades this herself.
----> '''Nikki''': Your honor, we have eleven guilty votes, and one '''dumbass''' not-guilty vote.
* TrueCompanions: Pretty much the whole gang, especially in the Christmas episode, "Secret Santa".
* TheUnfavorite: Constance, slightly to her and Nikki's father.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Nikki and Andell, slightly.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Nikki to the Professor, even if she wasn't really his girlfriend.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Guy]]: Nikki's father hadn't forgave Nikki for getting pregnant with Kim out of high school for 20 years, which has been distressing his wife and Nikki.
** In the same episode, Constance applies when she is pained by the reveal that Nikki was his favorite before then.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Several characters, most notably Dez, Tommy, and the other characters from Moesha.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing and WaifFu: Nikki has her own way of fighting called, "Nikki Tae-Bo", which she uses to take out a burglar in one episode. Paris on the other hand, in the finale season, seems to have some experience in martial arts as she breaks a table in half during her would-been fight with Nikki.
* WhyWasteAWedding: [[spoiler: In the series finale, Nikki, who had planned to marry another man, instead marries the professor after he declares his love for her.]]
* ZanyScheme: What Nikki frequently comes up with to make money, get Kim and/or her friends, and/or herself out of trouble, and to snag Professor Oglevee.
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