Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from 1992 to 1997, starring Mark Curry and Holly Robinson. The show took place in Curry’s hometown of Oakland, California. Hangin with Mr. Cooper was produced by Jeff Franklin Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. 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 zany 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.
The show originally aired on Tuesdays in prime time after sister series Full House (which was also created by Jeff Franklin and set in the San Francisco Bay area). The show found its niche as an addition to the already successful TGIF Friday night lineup on ABC, and was part of the lineup from September 1993 to May 1996 (spanning the show’s second, third and fourth seasons; airing in-between Step By Step and the news magazine series 20/20), before moving to Saturdays for its fifth and final season.
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