What. The. Fahrvergnugen. Why isn’t “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” on official DVD yet. There are bootlegs aplenty, but I’m waiting for a Shout! Factory version or for Sony to pony up and put out.
For those of you that don’t remember this show, or never heard of it at all, the breakdown is this: it’s a rip-off an homage based on similar to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Parker Lewis was played by the guy who played Jonas Quinn in “Stargate SG-1″… no, you don’t know? How about the guy in “RoboDoc?” Um… his name is Corin Nemec (which sounds made up – an anagram of Icemen Corn?), and he’s been here and there through the years, but nothing quite as loud-shirted as he was on this show. (I forgot that’s why I had so many polyester button-downs in high school.)
He was the guy who had all the plans for getting away with any scheme rated PG, which he commonly preceded with the phrase, “Not a problem.”
His best bud was rocker Mikey Randall. He was played by the kid who played Blanche’s wayward nephew in an early “Golden Girls” episode. Not helping? He also had a recurring role on “Silver Spoons.” His real name is Billy Jayne. He played a coach on one episode of “The Bernie Mac Show” if that triggers any memories. See, that’s why this needs to be on DVD.
The only other faces you may recognize are Principal Grace Musso. She was played by Melanie Chartoff who was on “Get a Life” with Chris Elliott. Um, that’s not on DVD either.
Okay… the big guy on campus, Larry Kubiak, was played by the guy who played the, um, big guy in “ER.” His name is Abraham Benrubi.
Howzabout Parker’s little sister Sherry? Maia Brewton was also in “Adventures in Babysitting.” Remember? She liked Thor? Hilarious!
Okay, maybe Parker Lewis didn’t make much of a cultural impact, but it certainly was a product of its time. Is it too much to ask for it to simply be a product?