The Parent 'Hood
is a sitcom that aired on The WB
for about four seasons, starring the Peterson family, a middle class black family living in New York City
's Harlem neighborhood. The father, Robert (Robert Townsend), is a college professor, while his wife Jerri (Suzzanne Douglas) is a law student. Together, they raise their four children; teenagers Michael (Kenny Blank) and Zaria (Reagan Gomez-Preston), elementary school-aged Nicholas (Curtis Williams), and toddler Cece (Ashli Adams). Also part of the cast was Robert's friend Wendell (Faizon Love). In the later seasons, the Petersons take in a troubled youth named T.K. (Tyrone Burton).
This show has sometimes been referred to as The Cosby Show
of The Nineties
Not to be confused with Parenthood
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: each of the Peterson children have had their turn with this.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Nicholas and Cece. Robert's brother Kelly.
- Big Applesauce
- Brother Chuck: Several characters disappear without explanation during the show's run, including Wendell's mother and, in the final season, Wendell himself. Even Michael was Brother Chucked, with a throwaway line that he was attending college.
- Celebrity Star: many African-American celebrities of The Nineties guest starred as themselves.
- Christmas Episode: Robert cancels Christmas because of the kids' greedy attitudes.
- Drop-In Character: Wendell, to the extent that Nicholas once claimed that Wendell spent more time at his house then he did.
- Double Standard: Michael is given permission to attend a basketball game, but Zaria is denied a chance to go to a concert. Robert and Jerri realized that they were wrong and allow Zaria to go to the concert, but they follow her.
- Happily Married: Robert and Jerri.
- Imagine Spot: Robert has them Once an Episode.
- Literal Ass Kicking - More accurately, literal ass shooting!
- Malcolm Xerox: Ahmad
- Mistakenfor Murderer: Kelly thinks the next door neighbor is a murderer.
- Mistakenfor Pregnant: The kids think Jerri's pregnant.
- Monochrome Casting
- N-Word Privileges: One Very Special Episode was essentially an Author Tract about how one shouldn't have N Word Privileges.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Michael and Zaria's best friend had this type of relationship.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: In "I'm Otay, You're Otay", Nicholas is assigned to portray a notable black figure for Black History Month, but instead of picking someone like Martin Luther King Jr. or Thurgood Marshall, he chooses Buckwheat from The Little Rascals. Robert and Jerri are shocked, and spend much of the episode trying to make Nick choose someone less offensive. They stop after Nicholas explains that even though Buckwheat's now considered a caricature, he still likes him. And in both his presentation and the end credits, it's explained that Buckwheat, among other characters, did help open the door for future black performers.
- Teen Pregnancy: One of Zaria's friends is denied a full scholarship to college because she has a child.
- Very Special Episode: Several, including one about racism.