What We Grew Up On: Hanging With Mister Cooper
When trying to figure out what I would post this week this show popped into my head and for some reason I could not remember who the girl was that was featured in it. I told my friend “I think it was Raven Symone but I’m not sure” and we proceeded to have a little back and forth over it. He said she would have been too young to be on that show (or too old, I don’t remember exactly). But anyway low and behold it was Raven Symone. I completely forgot she was on this though. This show was one of my faves way back when.
Check out some info on the show:
The series, set in Oakland, California (Mark Curry’s hometown), centers on NBA player-turned-substitute teacher/gym coach (and later basketball coach) Mark Cooper. Mark is a “somewhat suave” single guy with a wacky personality; he always gets a few laughs from his friends. Mark’s childhood friend Robin Dumars (Dawnn Lewis) and Robin’s other best friend Vanessa Russell (Holly Robinson) live in a rented house that they cannot afford without an additional roommate. Though the events just prior to Mark’s moving in are never shown, he agreed to move in with Robin and Vanessa. His “bedroom” is the den near the living room; Robin and Vanessa occupy the only bedrooms in the house. Although living with women may not be easy at times, Mark does appreciate them. They often teach him a thing or two when he gets in over his head.Early episodes of the series featured references by Robin of Mark possibly having a crush on Vanessa, though that was mostly deemphasized. Near the end of season four, he and Vanessa became a couple. Almost as quickly as they started dating, they became engaged. Midway through the first season, Tyler Foster (Marquise Wilson) was introduced as Mark’s annoying neighbor kid; he would become a regular character starting in season two. By the second season, Robin was phased out after Lewis’ departure. Mark’s two cousins from Georgia, Geneva Lee (Saundra Quarterman) and her daughter Nicole (Raven-Symoné) moved into the house. Tyler quickly became the best friend of Nicole. (source)