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September 20th, 2000

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose

My kick of TV shows continues… Parker Lewis Can’t Lose was jogged into my brain by a coworker who mentioned it as being the sort of progenitor of today’s TV shows that had a dose of attitude… and the phrase "Not a problem", which never really caught on as a replacement for "No problem".

The whole Fox show was really a lightened, fluffy version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Corin "Corky" Nemec in the title role. He was your typical high school cool guy, and always got into mishaps and goings-on. Parker and his "best buds", Steiner ("Mr. Lewis?") and Mikey (who I really don’t remember.) Ms. Musso was the school’s principal, always trying to squash Parker’s plans… and never seeming to do so. Until later in the show, as I distinctly remember a title change to just Parker Lewis.

And, Kubiak from Parker Lewis was Jerry Markovic on ER!

Looking back, I think Parker Lewis was the result of a meeting in which TV execs tried to combine elements of Ferris with Saved by the Bell. Parker was an obvious transfer of Zack, Steiner was Screech, Musso was (obviously) Belding with a dose of sex appeal and less of Belding’s innocent nature. But I still liked the show.

Sites for PLCL are hard to come by. There’s this neat episode guide (in Spanish if you prefer with a few screen grabs), an emporium site that’s hard to read, and not much else. -pm

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FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday September 19, 2000 -- 10:28:49PM
I always talk about Parker Lewis. It's weird that it only had two seasons. Killed too soon like Get A Life. The show was definately up there in creative and abstrast writing.
Timothy Stack was his dad (Dick Dietrich, Notch Johnson.) Corin Nemec was an emcee down with Brian Green and David Faustino when he was a wee lad. I went to a camp once where a counselor looked identical to Kubiak, and he had heard it before, it was crazy.

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Wednesday September 20, 2000 -- 3:36:56PM
I never really got too much into PLCL, but the few episodes I saw I did like. The writing was quite funny and original, better than SBTB (yes, blasphemy).

I remember PLCL doing some interesting things with camera angles and lighting too. I remember Ms. Musso often being shot with weird close-ups and freaky lighting.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday September 20, 2000 -- 10:29:30PM
Don't forget the wacky sound effects and the pirate radio station behind the lockers.

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Wednesday September 27, 2000 -- 3:38:41PM
Don't forget that Kubiak had his own bathroom, one of the perks of being in high school for 12 years . . .

Great show!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday September 27, 2000 -- 10:33:59PM
I dared to eat Kube's lunch.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday December 11, 2000 -- 11:39:38PM
I just loved that show. Unfortunately they never have it on anymore. Did anyone tape any episodes when it was on. I think I have 4 of them.

FROM: kubiak
DATE: Thursday January 25, 2001 -- 3:12:48PM
it was by no means like saved by the bell...the very idea is insulting to the're making broad jumps because of stupid stuff like "belding and musso were both principals" and "parker and zack were both the declared leaders of their groups"....jerry wasn't that much like screech, and parker was not very much like zack...not to mention the fact that saved by the bell was a sack of crap..

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday January 25, 2001 -- 3:41:30PM
saved by the bell was a sack of crap

That's heresy around here, son! :)

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday January 25, 2001 -- 7:32:06PM
If SbtB was a sack of anything, it was a Sack Lunch.

DATE: Monday March 19, 2001 -- 2:21:16PM
Have they ever released any of the episodes of Parker Lewis on DVD?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 11:53:01AM
Rod -- Nope... and as far as I know, there aren't any plans to.

FROM: sean
DATE: Saturday October 13, 2001 -- 3:51:05PM
Parker Lewis was the damn after school show i ever watched.....i was really dissapointed the network hacked it after three seasons. but I have been endeavoring to find some one out there, as crazed as I, that i can download the episodes from. There has to be someone. if you know anybody please let me know who and where. At

DATE: Sunday January 13, 2002 -- 10:29:29 pm
Was soll man sagen Parker Lewis rulet einfach. Gute Musik spannende folgen mit einem ganz eigenen Flair. Vergesst Friends strahlt lieber mal wieder Parker lewis aus!!!

FROM: Oesi [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 1, 2002 -- 11:04:24 am
Gimme one (just one!!!) episode!!!! Please!!! Searching for days, found nothing!!! Please help me!!!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday March 14, 2002 -- 4:57:06 pm
Did any of you wacky Parker Lewis fans see Corin Nemic on last week's episode of Smallville?

FROM: ILuvCorinNemic
DATE: Saturday May 25, 2002 -- 3:46:02 pm
I just watched,"I Know My First Name Is Steven."I watch it every timeit`s on.So what is Corin "Corky" Nemic doing now?Please somebody..anybody?

DATE: Saturday June 8, 2002 -- 9:47:59 pm
Corin is now on SG-1 on Sci-Fi network. I saw him last night and WOW! Great actor, greater body. And just to add more great menories to PLCL - "Time to Synchronize swatches!"

FROM: catharine
DATE: Wednesday November 13, 2002 -- 1:08:30 pm
I know my first name is Steven is an oustanding film!

FROM: rodney
DATE: Friday December 6, 2002 -- 10:28:28 pm
All i want to do is watch "Paker Lewis can't Lose". Does anyone know where and/or how I can accomplish this goal? Thanks a mil!

FROM: yavanna
DATE: Saturday May 24, 2003 -- 5:04:57 pm
Urm...if we're talking about the same Corin Nemic, he can be seen on CMT in Toby Keith & Willie Nelson's new video "Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses" It's a really good video!

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 25, 2003 -- 12:34:28 pm
Melanie Chartoff was definitely the hottest principal ever on television. It's a shame we don't see more of her, but she did latch on to the "Rugrats" empire as the voice of Didi Pickles, so it's a least a small comfort to know she's doing well.

Hot for teacher, indeed.

FROM: Xander77
DATE: Friday June 27, 2003 -- 7:55:21 am
Actually, the first two seasons were great... I really should get the "Disaster at Nick's diner" ending of season 2 on tape... But the third season was really pointless... Then again I do suppose that the "Whacky Highjinks" of seasons 1-2 would get old... so I guess it's a good thing the show died when it did.

Loved some of that stuff though...

FROM: Xander77
DATE: Friday June 27, 2003 -- 7:57:56 am
PS - I still get the occasional re-run on Israeli cable channels... Would love to get my hands on Mikey Randall's "I've known you all of my life" from the episode "The Bithch Is Back"... Anyone?

FROM: christina
DATE: Sunday July 6, 2003 -- 9:40:30 pm
Corin Nemic is totally hott!

FROM: mandy
DATE: Wednesday October 22, 2003 -- 7:33:47 am
Rock on Corin!!! We love you!!

DATE: Wednesday November 26, 2003 -- 4:57:05 pm

FROM: Jonas
DATE: Monday December 8, 2003 -- 6:12:18 pm
I was so small when Parker Lewis was aired(born in 85) but I still remember some thing. That dude with the curly hair, dont know anyones name except from Parkers, wasnt he always locked into his or someone elses locker?

FROM: John Edwards
DATE: Tuesday December 9, 2003 -- 11:48:46 pm
Excellent idea, sirs! I just came across this again on "The Pile" (cannot mention, the 1st rule prohibits). I am now downloading episodes via P2P network. THIS, we agree, is something we'd definately buy DVD episodes of.

FROM: Xander77
DATE: Saturday December 13, 2003 -- 12:01:24 pm
Finally got it - "Parker Lewis - Mikey Randall - I've known you all of my life". Look for it on Kazaa or E-Donkey.

FROM: A fan
DATE: Thursday December 18, 2003 -- 7:07:03 pm
Does anybody knows what was the name of the song (and the one who wrote it) that mikey played at the
"Stormy Mikey" episode ?

FROM: A fan
DATE: Thursday December 18, 2003 -- 7:17:24 pm
Xander77, Hello !

I tried to find the song on kazza or eDonkey but I couldn't find it.

Do you have the name of the writer or a place where I can download it ?

FROM: John Paine [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday December 19, 2003 -- 7:43:27 am
Hi there,

Just received the complete 3 seasons of Parker on VHS - TERRIBLE QUALITY.

Still cool to watch but a DVD boxset would be INCREDIBLE!

I noticed some of you were 'downloading' episodes - got a web address for that stuff?

"We have achieved 'Coolness'"

FROM: sarungya
DATE: Thursday December 25, 2003 -- 8:27:36 pm
i found episodes on emule but they are in german language!

DATE: Friday December 26, 2003 -- 2:07:58 am
Hey, i really want to find 3 seasons on DVD too, so if anyone can find them.. post a msg on here.. i dont remember many episodes anymore b/c the last time i saw it was like.. 1996 .. thats TOO long ago..

FROM: Xander77
DATE: Thursday April 15, 2004 -- 8:08:02 am
Well, you have to search for them at the right times - It's not a very popular song, and I'm probably one of the 5-6 people who have it...

Try searching once every 3 hours on saturdays - I'm almost certain to be on-line and, have kazza + e-donkey running.

As for episodes, I mostly saw them in german... ?

FROM: Lucas Ceballos [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 2, 2004 -- 7:14:00 am
I already tired to find these episodes. As some of yuo said, theyre in german. And I know zero of german, I cant Enjoy the "coolness" of the series. Can anybody send a msg to FOX to get a re-run? (Note: Im from Argentina, so the idea of FOX even reading my mail is wacky)


FROM: NateWolf
DATE: Saturday July 10, 2004 -- 3:22:30 am
All you buds are gonna love this. The first 20 episodes of PLCL are available via P2P (eDonkey) from the Digital Archive Project ( Takes forever and a day to download one 23-min episode by DSL, and DAP has some strict rules about setting up eDonkey, but it's worth it just to see them again. Anyone who'd rather get the set in the mail, I've burned them to 7 VCD disks and I'm sure we can come to some non-profit arrangement, not a problem. I'm hunting down the episodes after #120...

Now, if Fox would just release the set on DVD, we wouldn't have to doo all this sneaky downloading...


FROM: trujedi
DATE: Sunday August 1, 2004 -- 11:25:32 pm
Natewolf...I would like you to send me those vcd's. Could yoyu email me so we can make arrangements? TJ

FROM: ronnie
DATE: Sunday September 5, 2004 -- 11:01:06 pm
people! all 3 seasons, downloadable. only thing is, good luck with the language and u need an ed2k satellite ... but anyway, its possible

FROM: Chem
DATE: Saturday September 11, 2004 -- 12:05:14 am
FYI, the DAP has now completed the entire 3 seasons except one elusive episode. for more information. If anyone has episode 217 on VHS please contact me or someone on the DAP website. These are all in English by the way.

FROM: starkicker
DATE: Monday November 29, 2004 -- 6:35:32 pm
The links for the Parker Lewis Episode downloads are here

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:47:20 pm

FROM: rko
DATE: Sunday February 13, 2005 -- 3:42:25 am
hey there is a form u can go 2 u sign up ur name and they might release PLCL on DVD just google PLCL and go 2 the off web site

DATE: Wednesday March 16, 2005 -- 5:28:00 am
for all you german fans, there are many epsiodes available on the torrent network. you need a torrent client and a link, for example - as yet, the first 11 epsiodes of season 1 are linked! more to come (i guess)...

does anyone know in which episode mikey performed his terrific song "i've known you all of my life"?

DATE: Thursday March 31, 2005 -- 10:35:10 am

FROM: Halliburton
DATE: Friday April 22, 2005 -- 4:42:04 am
Worked in Burbank, met the cast, and may still be able to talk to Troy Slaten (Steiner) about possible release of episodes on DVD...stay tuned!

FROM: jan herzer
DATE: Sunday April 24, 2005 -- 12:19:39 pm
I would like to have some episodes on video / dvd but could not find anything in the web. Can someone help me ?

FROM: Parker Lewis
DATE: Monday July 25, 2005 -- 5:59:33 am
I have these (all 73 episodes and bonus footage) on DVD for anyone interested?

Please email I'm not interested in profit, simply to share the show with fans until it's finally released on DVD :)

FROM: Paker Lewis
DATE: Monday July 25, 2005 -- 7:48:45 am
D'oh, my error! (not .com!)

FROM: steph
DATE: Sunday August 28, 2005 -- 6:36:36 pm
okay, this going to sound anal, but does ANYONE know who does that awesome song at the end of the GAG dance episode? i fell in love with that song years ago and have no idea how to find it!

DATE: Wednesday September 14, 2005 -- 12:02:06 pm

Jerry September 16, 2006, 2:19 am

(And it’s one year later . . .)
Parker Lewis Daily Ping Can’t Die. 🙂

Even as a kid, I didn’t watch exorbitant amounts of teevee; and if I was going to watch something, it usually needed to be quirky and original. This was one of the few television shows that stuck with me over time. And I would watch the actors as they went on to other things and would always think, “He was on Parker Lewis.” I was born in 83 so I was old enough to both watch the show, and be young enough to enjoy in an almost innocent fashion. And I actually remembered when I first saw the show in 90–on a hotel television while my dad was getting ready to move us to Guam. (Military Brat.)

I was at first thrilled when I saw Amazon had a section for PL box sets; although they said “a release date wasn’t set”. Then I remembered what happened with Twin Peaks, another show that I liked, and then some of my joy was stiffled. Why do all the good shows get the same old treatment: hide it in the back of the closet like it was some horrible, embarrassing secret? Bah.

But you better bet, I’ll be of the many who’ll put down money for the boxed set. On that day, there will be coolness. #;)

Fremont March 20, 2007, 6:43 am

I believe there were three seasons…

Maakasu May 7, 2007, 1:07 am

Parker lewis.. Working to find it..
So far there is like one episode on youtube.. But it looks really crappy..
Then there is a load of it in german.. No thanks..

mmcm312 June 18, 2007, 5:43 pm

I love Ms. Grace Musso because she is so sexy.

Brian October 12, 2007, 12:15 pm

I loved this show and miss it so much…I am also dying to find “Known you all my life” ..I had it once and lost it when my laptop was stolen 🙁

Any help from other fans would be amazingly appreciated!


joesmith February 27, 2008, 9:02 am

i like Corky Nemec very much. And there is some other infomations about him.

trev November 1, 2008, 7:27 am

Aw, man, could you upload that song again? I would love to have it.

Blight March 10, 2009, 7:53 am

Well, Youtube has the first 11 episodes up. The person putting them up can be reached here –

More are on the way~

Bit4Bit2k7 November 29, 2009, 7:10 pm

The First Season of Parker Lewis can be downloaded here:

… now it’s VHS Quality at best, but it should hold cha til the DVD comes out (whenever that is).


Unicron May 27, 2010, 10:46 am

Anyone still there?
I got a question:
there is this post from starkicker and a link to download ALL episodes from season 1-3, but you need edonkey 2000 to downlload it.
Does anybody know any other option to download all parker lewis stuff, maybe as a torrent?

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