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The Parent ‘Hood (1995-1999) – TV Show Review


Jelisa M.http://melanated-source.com
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

TV Review • The Parent Hood was another 90’s gem that deserves more credit than it is given. Originally titled “Father Knows Nothing” The Parent Hood was a family sitcom that aired on the WB on Wednesday nights as one of the original Wednesday night two hour lineup that helped launch the WB, which included The Wayans Brother.

Robert Peterson (Robert Townsend) and Jerri Peterson (Suzzanne Douglas) were probably one of the coolest sitcom parents. They kept a good balance of teaching life lessons but also keeping it fun around the house. Robert was the dad that tried to keep up with the trend with the kids but always came out embarrassing himself. You never knew what crazy ideas he and Wendell (Faizon Love) would come up with.

I loved how Suzzanne wore her natural locs throughout majority of the series, and gave us natural black beauty. Honestly, Suzzanne was one of the baddest tv moms, she exuded so much beauty effortlessly and gracefully. The chemistry her and Robert had with the kids made you feel like you were part of the family when watching.

Their two youngest kids Nicolas (Curtis Williams) and CeCe (Ashli Amari Adams) really held their own with the comedy. Miss CeCe brought the sass and funny, and Nicolas brought what all little brother’s bring….headaches and laughter. Meanwhile, every young boys crush Zaria (Reagan Gomez-Preston) did what every teenage girl does, and that’s bring all the boy problems. Zaria kept a cutie on her arm EVERY season, and I enjoyed watching each one. Although Michael (Kenny Blank) was only there for 3 seasons, he was always the level-headed one that kept the younger siblings in line.

When Michael left after the third season they added T.K. (Tyrone Burton), a troubled teen who needed a good family to take him in, which the Petersons did. Things started off a little rocky with him being in the house but as the series progressed he started to get his act together. Even though he almost got kicked out the house for getting into a fight which involved Robert getting shot, all was eventually forgiven. 

The Parent Hood is definitely one of those family shows that should be watched in every household. They touched on a lot of real life issues during the series that are still relevant today.

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