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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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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!

B.

joesmith February 27, 2008, 9:02 am

i like Corky Nemec very much. And there is some other infomations about him.
http://www.entqna.com/celebrities/3079-celebrities.html

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 – http://www.youtube.com/user/alexshirli

More are on the way~

Bit4Bit2k7 November 29, 2009, 7:10 pm

The First Season of Parker Lewis can be downloaded here:

http://btjunkie.org/torrent/Parker-Lewis-Can-t-Lose-Season-1-Complete/377886f6d832e93d2df3caed6f1b941f0da96cd14e13

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

Enjoy!

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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