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The Parent 'Hood is a sitcom that aired on The WB from 1995 to 1999.

The show centers around the Petersons, a middle-class black family living in Harlem. Robert (Robert Townsend), the father, 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 final season, the Petersons take in a troubled youth named T.K. (Tyrone Burton).

Not to be confused with Parenthood.


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  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Each of the Peterson children have had their turn with this.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Nicholas and Cece are this for Michael and Zaria.
    • Robert's brother Kelly is this for him.
  • Big Applesauce: The series takes place in Harlem.
  • Celebrity Star: Many African American celebrities guest starred as themselves.
  • Christmas Episode: Robert cancels Christmas because of the kids' greedy attitudes.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Several characters disappear without explanation during the show's run, including Wendell's mother and, in the final season, Wendell himself. Even Michael disappears in the final season, with a throwaway line that he was attending college.
  • 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.
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  • Happily Married: Robert and Jerri are this.
  • Imagine Spot: Robert has them Once an Episode.

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