Series / Parker Lewis Can't Lose

Parker Lewis Can't Lose was a sitcom on Fox, running from 1990 to 1993. It centered around a good-hearted (but low-scrupled) High School 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 Trope Namer for Suspiciously Similar Substitute on Stargate SG-1.

It was clearly influenced by the classic teen movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off — much more so than the movie's TV adaptation; many consider Parker Lewis Can't Lose to be the Spiritual Successor 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 unusually bad luck that the main title credit was changed to Parker Lewis Can't Win.

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