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Producing Parker is a 2009 Canadian animated series about Parker Kovak, a single woman in a her late-20s stressfully working as a producer of the most high-rated daytime Talk Show The Dee Show.

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  • The Ahnold: Günther Fürst, an action hero-turned Republican senator-turned fitness guru who dates Parker during episode "The Skinny on Parker".
  • The Alcoholic: Dee.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Simon and Russell. Simon once complains about how brown people are stereotyped, implying he is Arabic, though one of his grandfathers was white.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Leg-crippled Helen McDonald, serving as Parker's intern while she's a big fan of The Dee Show in "Mentoring Parker". Actually, she's actually held a grudge against Dee for leaving her stranded in the wilderness for three days and is doing the job to kill Dee.
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  • Attention Whore / It's All About Me: Dee, in spades.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: A woman who can talk to dogs appears on The Dee Show in "Dog Dee Afternoon". She says she started this when her abusive father got her a puppy and locked them into the basement. It's not clear if she went that far but she's definitely kissed her dog a lot.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Victoria. But not very nice.
  • Black Best Friend: Simon Nolan.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Dee Show's female employees are this with Chicago, Parker and Dee (which is technically a wig) respectively.
  • Broken Aesop: "A Bully for Parker" seems to constantly promote the message that it is wrong to hold grudges, especially when Parker's attempt to get back at a bully at a school reunion goes horribly for her. However, Parker really was not looking for revenge as much as self-defense, since she thought the bully was not genuinely reformed and setting up a prank to humiliate her.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Parker and Simon, at different moments.
  • Camp Gay: Russell.
  • Characterization Marches On: The show does not seem to settle on whether Victoria's saint-like image is genuine or a facade.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "The Dee Block", Parker is hoping Massimo isn't doing anything crazy while she's in prison. A Description Cut goes to Massimo getting a tattoo on his back. It was an intricate map of the prison letting him break in and free Parker.
  • Chick Magnet: After the show's technician Hal receives a makeover, his opening and sticking his head out of a window is quickly met with a woman yelling "OH IT'S HAL!" followed by many more feminine screams and panties being tossed toward him.
  • Citizenship Marriage: In "The Parker Prophecies", Parker agrees to marry her boss so he can stay in the country.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Dee falls through her stage's floor in "Renovating Parker".
    Who's the f***ing ass*** that built this f***ing floor! I'll roast his balls on a spit!
  • Compressed Vice: Parker's anorexia in "The Skinny On Parker".
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Parker loses her pants or ends up in only her underwear quite a bit throughout the series. "The Skinny On Parker" even has a running gag where she is constantly losing her pants thanks to her excessive weight loss.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Parodied by Simon in "Eat, Pray, Parker" - Simon hears about the book "Feast, Ride, Salsa" and responds "Navel gazing! Even better", pulls up his shirt "Here, I got a book for ya, it's called 'Journey to the Center of My Belly-Button'", then puts his index finger in his belly-button "There's amazing personal discoveries in there!". He finds a contact lens from doing this.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: In "Man Trap", seeing Parker look for attractive bachelors to use for the next show's matchmaker segment with binoculars, Simon suggests using a telescope instead "That way you got your hands free." Parker regards the statement as disgusting.
  • Dark Skinned Blonde: Victoria Lafayette.
    • A blonde Latino lesbian in "In Dee Club".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Simon.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While imprisoned in "The Dee Club", Parker has the idea to do The Dee Show with Dee in jail. They give away stainless steel knives for the episode. A prison riot of course starts about a minute after.
  • Double Standard: Outlandishly parodied when Parker captures attractive bachelors for a matchmaker segment in "Man Trap" by shooting sleeping darts at them. Simon says when he does that, he gets a restraining order.
  • Dramatic Irony: In "Man Trap", Simon is part of a matchmaking segment and ends up choosing what seems to be a legitimate contestant as opposed to the one that was a call girl hired by Parker because the segment was one contestant short. The other contestant turns out to just be a spy for the Victoria show and the call girl disappears before picking up her check causing everyone to assume she must of went back to her day job, when she ended up actually falling for Simon and her rejection led her to swear off all men and join a convent.
  • Dumb Blonde: Chicago.
  • Eagleland Osmosis: The characters randomly discuss the Bible belt, the War on Terror, illegal immigration, and Dee once tried to obtain a pardon from the President—but it is entirely possible that the show may take place in the United States despite technically being a Canadian series.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The season 2 finale sets up that Simon will end up in a happy marriage with Chicago and a succesful movie producer.
  • Eats Babies: Seeing a very fat woman at Parker's high school reunion say she's "...had three kids" to explain her weight increase since high school causes Chicago to whisper "...for dinner". After the woman says she watches The Dee Show with her kids all the time, Chicago whispers again "So she didn't eat them?".
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Happens to Parker in the episode "in Dee Club."
  • Expy: Victoria looks like Queen Latifah and she is pretty much Oprah.
    • Even so, she's like an evil version of either of them.
  • Fiery Redhead: Even though she wears a wig, Dee is this literally.
  • Foreshadowing: Jackie Cartwright of "Eat, Pray, Parker" is an author of a memoir lauded for being female empowering. So the reason she named her Angry Guard Dog Hemingway, a Rated M for Manly author that was frequently criticized as being misogynistic, was to be insulting? Actually, she's a man who went through a mid-life crisis and such an inspiration would be suitable for him.
  • Formerly Fat: Parker.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In "Mentoring Parker", Dee discusses a women's empowerment organization called the The Women's Assistance Trust and later starts her own organization called Today's Invalid Trust.
  • Gainaxing: Dee regularly has this happen along with her exaggerated motions and gestures.
  • Genki Girl: Mimi Chiu in "A Recipe for Dee-saster".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Got away with showing bare breasts before the watershed in the very first episode. With a PG rating on Global.
  • Going Commando: Both Chicago and Dee have mentioned they sometimes go commando.
  • Gonk: Hal is an old, short, balding and rather fat man. Most of his face is covered by his beard. His wife, however is basically him without a beard, more head hair, and dressed like a biker. She appears to be working as a bouncer in "In Dee Club".
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Whenever her underwear isn't just Black Bra and Panties, Parker's underwear is shown to be this any time its exposed, which is almost a once-an-episode occurance.
    • In "Man Trap", Simon dances in a pair of space themed underwear.
  • Hartman Hips: Parker and Chicago.
  • Hat Damage: A sledgehammer lands on Simon's Nice Hat after he attempts to toss up a bunch of assorted tools into the air from their toolbox yet fit into it when they land.
  • Hidden Depths: "All About Dee" shows Hal to be an ordained minister/satanist... something like that... for being the priest at Dee's wedding.
    • He takes over for make-up while Dee fired Russell in "Bully for Parker". He's done it for his wife.
  • Hollywood Thin: Parodied by Blake's French girlfriend. It's pretty obvious the show is saying her standard is ridiculous, and she herself says she gets her impossibly thin weight with diet pills, smoking and starving herself instead of exercise.
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  • Imagine Spot: When Dee falls through the floor in "Renovating Parker" and she depressively says none of her staff cares if she lives or dies, Simon replies that he does...proceeding to imagine to himself saying Dee's in her final resting place in hell on a stage before her corpse and coffin get consumed in flames and then announcing his show replacing it "Seriously Hardcore News Report" with himself hosting it along with Chicago and Parker dancing on poles as his "loyal team of sexy topless cub reporters" at which Parker ends it by telling him to stop staring at their bazoombas.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Dee
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: Victoria has one on Parker's advance copy of 'Feast, Ride, Salsa' for "Eat, Pray, Parker". It's small but should be quite possible to see on the book's cover and makes noise as it's shown to the viewers.
  • I Need A Drink: Dee, all the time. "In Dee Club", this is Parker's reaction to seeing there's another Dee (Dee made a Sex Bot for lesbians based on herself).
  • Intellectual Animal: Massimo. Though its never stated whether the animals can talk or if only she can understand them.
    • "How Green is my Parker" reveals that Massimo can speak to Parker because he can speak to all animals in their language INCLUDING HUMANS.
  • Jerkass: Victoria.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dee
  • Kick the Dog: Dee, literally in "Dog Dee Afternoon".
  • Large Ham: Dee.
  • Loony Fan: Helen McDonald in "Mentoring Parker" after it's revealed she's planning to kill Dee. Subverted Trope a minute later when it's revealed she wants to kill her for leaving her stranded in the wilderness for three days (Helen is crippled) when she was a child. Well, the loony part still holds since she's last seen being taken away in a straitjacket.
  • Meaningful Name: A cosmetic surgeon that is regularly used for the The Dee Show is named "Doctor Alterman".
  • Mistaken for Gay: Parker in "In Dee Club". She believes that must be the reason why she doesn't have a steady boyfriend.
  • Mood Dissonance: Played for Laughs, the voice announcing the topic for today's The Dee Show says it enthusiastically and ends with a "Yeah!" even if the topic is, say, "Missing Children".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Chicago.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Parker.
  • Named After Someone Famous: Jackie Cartwright's Angry Guard Dog, appearing in "Eat, Pray, Parker", is named Hemingway
  • Naughty Nuns / Nuns Are Funny: In "In Dee Club", Victoria neither confirms nor denies she had sexual relations with a nun at a Catholic school she attended. The nun in question is briefly seen in the news, with her eyes covered by a censor bar to remain anonymous. The reporter has trouble keeping his decorum after reporting it
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Parker's dog Massimo.
  • Negative Continuity: In the pilot, Chicago is Blake's cousin and lives with her parents. In "Giving Up Dee Ghost," she is his niece and his sole living relative (which would mean her parents are no longer alive).
  • Not So Different: Dee and Victoria are both self-absorbed Jerkasses. Victoria just does a better job at hiding it, which makes her more of a jerkass.
  • Oblivious to Love: Parker is crushing on her boss Blake Bellamy, who alternates between somewhat returning her feelings without acting on them to being completely unaware of Parker's crush.
  • Panty Shot: Chicago, oh yeah!
  • Pass the Popcorn: After the claw hauls Parker off to meet her high school bully in "Bully for Parker", Hal produces a bag of popcorn for him and Simon to eat while watching.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: The voice actress of Mimi Chiu seemed to be putting on her best Lauren Tom impression.
  • Punny Name: Parker goes to a female-demographic motorcycle store in "Eat, Pray, Parker". It's name is 'Menstrual Cycle'.
  • Puppy Eyes: Massimo's reaction to Parker's anger at him slipping onto air in "Dog Dee Afternoon". It doesn't seem to have calmed her down much, but she didn't kill him like she said she would.
  • Raised by Wolves: Dee was raised by cougars.
  • Reclusive Artist: In-Universe. Jackie Cartwright in "Eat, Pray, Parker" gives off this impression considering her house is fenced off with barbed wire atop them, having a "welcome mat" with the words GO AWAY on it, and conversing with Parker by keeping the door shut and slipping out notes under it. That being said, her photo is on the back of her book, she agreed to appear on Victoria's show before Parker convinced her for The Dee Show, she busts out her motorcycle to come out and control her Angry Guard Dog getting furious at Parker and she gets along fine with Parker. Might have to do with how it turns out she's actually a man pretending to be a woman since his publisher told him male mid-life crises don't sell.
  • Reunion Revenge: In "Bully For Parker", Parker plans an elaborate revenge for her high school reunion, but has second thoughts when she spends some time with her most vicious tormentor.
  • Reused Character Design: The show's designer is really really keen on reusing character designs - and does so with actually named characters, including the show's antagonist (or #1 talk show host and Nobel Prize recipient really does moonlight as a waitress).
    • Lethal Chef Mimi is essentially Parker with an Asian flavor...which makes Simon's almost creepy schoolboy crush on her very telling...!
    • Played for Laughs in "All About Dee" - Victoria has a team of senior producers... that look almost exactly like Parker. And she has executive senior producers which are about the same as well with older hair and glasses.
  • Rule of Funny: Producing Parker sorta resembles real life...except when it doesn't many times, usually quite excessively.
  • Ship Tease: Parker and Simon.
  • Shot at Dawn: In "Eat, Pray, Parker", Victoria uses a firing squad on her staff for The Dee Show getting the author appearance she wanted. Complete with the firing squad wearing overcoats and using rifles, firing at Victoria's downward stroke of a saber.
  • Show Within a Show: The Dee Show.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Parker, oh so much.
  • Slapstick: Very common among episodes, usually in outrageously excessive ways, such as guests being ejected from The Dee Show by a mechanical claw defenestrating them... while the show's stage is on a very high floor of a skyscraper.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The opening song's animation involves Parker being run over by a crowd of tux-wearing executives in their chase of Chicago gallivanting in a bikini...twice.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Dee when turned into a lamia-creature in "Age Dee-fying".
  • Symbolic Blood: In "Age Dee-fying", weather reporter Wendy Weathers is hefted into Blake's shark tank with a mechanical claw. The claw brings her up and off the screen while a giant shark goes up following her. Red curtains in a curved pattern then fall from the top of the tank.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In "The Skinny on Parker" Dee becomes morbidly obese and in the end gets liposuction.
    • The show seems to adore this trope. One episode features Simon losing weight thanks to a testosterone pill. Another episode feature Hal being made over into a muscular hunk. And arguably, Parker's backstory of being overweight.
  • Too Kinky to Torture. Chicago thinks Dee's rack-type torture apparatus looks "fun" and wants one of her own.
  • Trauma Conga Line: "Bully for Parker" is not a kind episode to Parker.
  • The Un-Reveal: Antique Annie is about to tell Simon Dee's age in "Age Dee-fying"...but then she gets struck by lightning.
  • Use Your Head: Fortunately inverted in "Age Dee-fying" - Parker asks "Guys, a little muscle please" when she fails to break open a door Dee has locked everyone out of. Hal and Simon pick her up and use her as a battering ram to break it down, but hit the door with her feet.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Victoria.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Despite their contrasting personalities, Parker and Chicago are on friendly terms with each other more often than not, to the point that Chicago even becomes Parker's personal confidant on occasion.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Musclebound men wearing nothing but speedos can been regularly seen in the audience of The Dee Show.
  • World of Weirdness: Blake made a show of a family of zombies. The Dee Show once put on an operation of a woman giving her last kidney to another woman with a mild kidney infection on live and the pained shouting implied they weren't sedated for it (granted, behind a curtain). Another time, they had a doctor turn a woman's legs into a large fish tail like a mermaid for a makeover. There isn't much in the way of giving these a second thought, though Massimo says in the first episode the fact he can talk is unique and he can't go out shopping due to being a dog and Parker tries to keep that fact under wraps.


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