List of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper episodes

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper had 101 episodes airing in five seasons from September 22, 1992 until August 30, 1997.


Season Episodes First airdate Last airdate
1 22 September 22, 1992 May 25, 1993
2 22 September 24, 1993 May 20, 1994
3 22 September 23, 1994 May 12, 1995
4 22 September 15, 1995 May 10, 1996
5 13 June 21, 1997 August 30, 1997


Season 1: 1992–1993

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11 "The Presentation" Joel ZwickJeff FranklinSeptember 22, 1992 (1992-09-22)
In the series premiere, unemployed Mark Cooper gets a job as a substitute teacher at his old high school. He also shares his house with two beautiful women: Robin, a music teacher who also works at the school, and Vanessa, a rich girl whom Mark is attracted to. On his first day of school, Mark has to deal with unruly students who give him a hard time. But Mark soon finds a solution to impress his class. 
22 "Hangin' with Michelle" Joel ZwickJeff FranklinSeptember 29, 1992 (1992-09-29)

When Mark becomes a substitute teacher, he gets a handful. His class includes playful little Michelle Tanner (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). When Michelle and her friends begin to torment Mark, he does a trick to get them to be quiet- and ends up hurting his behind. Michelle feels very guilty and comes over to "help him."

Note: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and John Stamos appear in this episode as Michelle and Jesse. 
33 "On the Rebound" Jeff MelmanJeff FranklinOctober 6, 1992 (1992-10-06)
Mark's former girlfriend, Paula, moves back into town and wants to get reacquainted with him. 
44 "Please Pass the Jock" Jeff MelmanJeff FranklinOctober 20, 1992 (1992-10-20)
Robin need to earn money to afford a ski trip. Mark faces an ethical dilemma about a basketball player he's asked to pass, whether he deserves it or not. 
55 "Cheers" Jeff MelmanJeff Franklin & Joe ToplynOctober 27, 1992 (1992-10-27)
Robin attempts to fix Vanessa's car. Mark substitutes as a Phys. Ed. teacher and tries to prep the cheerleading squad for a competition. 
66 "Warriors: Part 1" Jeff MelmanStory: Jeff Franklin
Teleplay: Leo Lawrence
November 10, 1992 (1992-11-10)
Mark has a tryout for the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Robin try the financial markets to make money. To be continued... 
77 "Warriors: Part 2" Jeff MelmanStory: Jeff Franklin
Teleplay: Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz
November 17, 1992 (1992-11-17)
Mark gets the call to join the Golden State Warriors, but a court showdown with the Suns' Charles Barkley deflates his confidence. Robin gets Vanessa to help her practice for her self-defense class. 
88 "Torn Between Two Teachers" Jeff MelmanJeff Franklin, Jeff Astroff & Mike SikowitzNovember 24, 1992 (1992-11-24)
Andre can't choose between his music and basketball. Robin wants him to concentrate on piano playing, but Mark wants him to focus on basketball. 
99 "My Dinner With Mark" Jeff MelmanJeff FranklinDecember 1, 1992 (1992-12-01)
In order to land a new account, Vanessa has Mark pose as her boss to fool someone who would rather not deal with lower-level employees. Meanwhile, Robin's new exercise machine proves troublesome. 
1010 "Miracle in Oaktown" John RagoJeff FranklinDecember 15, 1992 (1992-12-15)
Mark and Robin agree to let Vanessa do Christmas her family's way at the house. The school puts on a Christmas carnival. 
1111 "Unforgettable" Jeff MelmanMichael Dinwiddle & Imani DouglasJanuary 5, 1993 (1993-01-05)
Robin's jazz musician father comes for a visit. Vanessa tries to start a new relationship. 
1212 "In Vanessa We Trust" Tony SingletaryKevin Abbott & Clay GrahamJanuary 12, 1993 (1993-01-12)
The roommates' landlord dies, so they decide to use Vanessa's trust fund to buy the house. 
1313 "Forbidden Fruit" Tony SingletaryJeff Franklin & Neil LebowitzJanuary 19, 1993 (1993-01-19)
Mark has a date with a new teacher's assistant—Coach Ricketts' daughter. 
1414 "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" Tony SingletaryStory: Danny Kallis
Teleplay: Kevin Abbot & Clay Graham
February 2, 1993 (1993-02-02)
When a teachers' strike leaves Mark without money to pay the rent, he takes a job at Vanessa's office. 
1515 "Valentine's Day Massacre" Tony SingletaryStory & Teleplay: Leo J. LawrenceFebruary 9, 1993 (1993-02-09)
Robin and Vanessa go on dates, while Mark has his own adventures just trying to get a date. 
1616 "Boyz in the Woodz" Tony SingletaryJeff Franklin & Calvin Brown Jr.February 16, 1993 (1993-02-16)
Mark, Robin, and Vanessa take the students on a wilderness camping adventure where things don't go the way they had planned. 
1717 "Boys Don't Leave" Tony SingletaryJeff FranklinFebruary 23, 1993 (1993-02-23)
Jealous of the attention a new baby is getting, Tyler runs away from home—and right to Mark's doorstep. Robin frets over what to get her boyfriend for his birthday. 
1818 "The Unteachables" Tony SingletaryJeff Astroff & Mike SikowitzMarch 2, 1993 (1993-03-02)
Mark takes the reins of a history class filled with apathetic students. Tyler's dog takes a liking to Vanessa. 
1919 "Piano Lesson" Tony SingletaryGary HardwickMarch 16, 1993 (1993-03-16)
Tyler accidentally burns out Robin's piano. Mark and Vanessa play pool and go to a concert. 
2020 "P.M.S.: Post Moving-in Syndrome" Joel ZwickYvette Lee BowserApril 13, 1993 (1993-04-13)
Mark, Robin, and Vanessa reminisce about when they first moved in together. 
2121 "A Moving Experience" Tony SingletaryJeff FranklinMay 11, 1993 (1993-05-11)
Mark leaves the girls in the lurch to move in with a friend in need of a roommate. The parties in his new building distract him from his promise to tutor Earvin in math. 
2222 "Livin' a Large Lie" Tony SingletaryJeff Franklin & Leilani DownerMay 18, 1993 (1993-05-18)
Mark has Robin and Vanessa pretend to be servants to trick his visiting grandmother into believing he still plays for the Golden State Warriors. When she figures out the truth, she bands together with the girls to play a joke on Mark. Final Appearance of Dawnn Lewis as Robin Dumars. 

Season 2: 1993–1994

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231 "Baby Love" Jeff FranklinSeptember 24, 1993 (1993-09-24)

Mark and Vanessa get new roomies when his cousin and her daughter visit---and move in.

Note:Raven-Symoné and Sandra Quartermen makes their First Appearances as Nicole Lee and Geneva Lee. Nell Carter joins the cast as P.J. Moore and Marquise Wilson becomes a Series Regular 
242 "Slumber Party" Jeff FranklinOctober 1, 1993 (1993-10-01)
Mark solos as chaperone at Nicole's party when Geneva and Vanessa go shopping and don't return on time. 
253 "School's a Drag" Jeff FranklinOctober 8, 1993 (1993-10-08)
A new principal dislikes Mark, but when the Driver's Ed car is damaged while in his care, he dresses as her, hoping to avoid her finding out. 
264 "Limpin' Lizzards" John BowabEfrem SeegarOctober 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
Nicole tries out to be a new kid on Lester Lizard and the Crocodile Kids. Mark gets a new teaching assignment: Home Economics. 
275 "Free at Last" John BowabJeff Franklin & Leilani DownerOctober 22, 1993 (1993-10-22)
After she's fired from her job, Vanessa takes a job as a waitress at a Chinese restaurant—a job she proves to not be very good at. 
286 "Father Fairest" John BowabJeff Franklin & Efrem SeegarOctober 29, 1993 (1993-10-29)
P.J. orders Geneva and Mark to chaperone the Halloween party at the high school. Mark tries to get Earvin to reconcile with his father. 
297 "The Goodbye Girl" John BowabMyra JNovember 5, 1993 (1993-11-05)
The move from Georgia to Oakland means Geneva has laid out stricter rules for Nicole, who rebels. Vanessa wants to date a recently divorced poker friend of Mark's. 
308 "Seoul Shake" Jeff FranklinNovember 12, 1993 (1993-11-12)
Mark must find a way to get a basketball player he earlier discouraged, but now much improved, onto the team after the star player is injured. 
319 "The Prince of Soul" Jeff FranklinNovember 19, 1993 (1993-11-19)
Vanessa meets an African prince while waitressing at a soul food restaurant. After they get engaged, Mark and Geneva suspect he may not be who he claims. 
3210 "Air Cooper" Jeff FranklinNovember 26, 1993 (1993-11-26)
Vanessa's boyfriend decides to cast Mark in an athletic shoe commercial, but Mark's not aware he isn't going to be the star. 
3311 "Santa's Got a New Bag" Jeff FranklinDecember 10, 1993 (1993-12-10)
Mark works as Santa in a mall. 
3412 "Private School" Jeff FranklinDecember 17, 1993 (1993-12-17)
P.J. assigns Mark to teach American history at a private school. Seeing the class is all-white, he decides to teach them all about black history, "from slavery to Soul Train." 
3513 "For Whom the Heck the Bell Tolls" January 7, 1994 (1994-01-07)
Nicole questions why men treat Geneva differently from Vanessa, and conducts an experiment to find out. Mark is requested to give the eulogy for his old high school's assistant basketball coach, but he doesn't remember who he is. 
3614 "It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To" John RandleDan Cross & David HogeJanuary 21, 1994 (1994-01-21)
After getting a lump checked by a doctor, Mark mistakenly thinks he's dying, and starts living each day as if it were his last. 
3715 "The Courtship of Mark Cooper" January 28, 1994 (1994-01-28)
Mark's girlfriend break up with him when he complains about her unannounced visits. Meanwhile, the students hold a car wash to raise money for a school dance. 
3816 "Wedding Bell Blues" February 4, 1994 (1994-02-04)
P.J. and Victor are planning to get married, and this couldn't make Mark any happier, because that would mean she would be leaving to go to Chicago. But Mark discovers something about Victor and wrestles with whether or not he should tell her. 
3917 "Truth or Consequences" February 11, 1994 (1994-02-11)
After catching Vanessa lying on the phone to Thaddeus, Mark and her bet on who can go without lying, and both suffer as a result. Tyler develops a crush on Geneva. 
4018 "Trading Places" February 18, 1994 (1994-02-18)
Vanessa wants to get a job at a Christian, conservative radio station. She can't tell them that she's living single together with a man. So, she tells the manager, when she has him over for dinner, that Mark is her husband and that Geneva is her wild cousin. 
4119 "Pros and Convicts" David HogeMarch 4, 1994 (1994-03-04)
Vanessa wants to show Geneva how to have a good time. Geneva tries to hit on a man who turns out to be a police officer. He mistakes her for being a prostitute and arrests both her and Vanessa 
4220 "Double Cheeseburger, Hold the Diploma" March 18, 1994 (1994-03-18)
Marks get his detention charges to fill job applications, but Earvin actually gets a job and drops out of school, leaving Mark to scramble to get him back in school. 
4321 "Groom and Doom" Chip FieldsCharelene SeegerMay 13, 1994 (1994-05-13)
Mark stands in the way of Geneva's happiness when she receives a marriage proposal from a man willing to take on being a father figure to Nicole. 
4422 "Hangin' With Mrs. Cooper" John BowabSusan SeegerMay 20, 1994 (1994-05-20)
Mark's mother comes for a visit and shines as a substitute teacher. Nicole tries to get her mother a date for Mother's Day. 

Season 3: 1994–1995

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451 "Baby Love" Mark Linn-BakerJeffrey DuteilSeptember 23, 1994 (1994-09-23)
Mark regrets not returning P.J.'s calls over the summer when he learns she was going to offer him the head basketball coach job—a job that's now been given to someone else. 
462 "My Bodyguard" Mark Linn-BakerDan Cross & David HogeSeptember 30, 1994 (1994-09-30)
Nicole is being pestered by a bully at at school, and begs Marks to help her without letting her mother be aware of the situation. Vanessa takes care of her boss' prize orchid. 
473 "Between Friends" Mark Linn-BakerOctober 7, 1994 (1994-10-07)
An old friend of Mark's visits, and they get into a fight over a girl. Vanessa continues searching for a new job. 
484 "He Said, She Said" Mark Linn-BakerOctober 14, 1994 (1994-10-14)
Vanessa is upset to learn that Mark wants to date her friend from the office. Every time he goes on a date with one of her friends, she loses the friend. Geneva has issues with a video store. 
495 "Matinee" October 21, 1994 (1994-10-21)
Mark takes Nicole and a few of her friends to the matinee only to suffer through the pains of taking little kids to the movies. Mark joins an anti-violence committee at the school. 
506 "Mo' Money" Mark Linn-BakerOctober 28, 1994 (1994-10-28)
Mark decides to invest in the vending machine business. Vanessa tries to overcome her fear of taking the bus. 
515 "Instant Replay" November 4, 1994 (1994-11-04)
Mark finds out that his former basketball rival will be back in town to play at his high school's upcoming alumni basketball game. Fearing a repeat of an old high school humiliation with Reggie, who is now a NBA star, Mark fakes an injury. 
526 "House Guest" November 11, 1994 (1994-11-11)
Geneva invites P.J. to stay at their house...but Mark didn't anticipate P.J. moving in along with her new little dog, aptly named Monster. 
539 "My Achy Breaky Back" David HogeNovember 18, 1994 (1994-11-18)
Mark finally gets a job interview with the head coach at San Francisco State, but he hurts his back before the interview. Geneva dislikes a chair Nicole bought for her. 
5410 "True Romance" November 25, 1994 (1994-11-25)
While Mark substitutes for a sportswriter friend by writing a sports column, he is continually interrupted when people ask his advice on their love lives. Vanessa's new love hasn't been truthful about his financial status. 
5511 "Clothes Make The Man" Mark Linn-BakerDecember 2, 1994 (1994-12-02)
Mark goes to a men's clothing store to buy a new tie for a weekend banquet and ends up getting conned by a beautiful, but cunning, saleswoman. Nicole takes up chess. 
5612 "Christmas Show" December 16, 1994 (1994-12-16)
It's Christmas and Mark accidentally leaves a window open. When they get back, they have been robbed. 
5713 "Coach" January 6, 1995 (1995-01-06)
Mark finally gets his dream job as the school's head basketball coach after Coach Corley resigns to coach college basketball. Geneva orders items to keep seeing a delivery man she is smitten with. 
5814 "One Is The Loneliest Number" Mark Linn-BakerJanuary 13, 1995 (1995-01-13)
Mark's friend, Steve, convinces Mark that his relationship with his girlfriend Denise is boring. Concluding that Denise is to blame, Mark makes plans to stop dating her, but Denise stops dating him first. Nicole and Tyle compete to sell candy bars. 
5915 "True Lies" Mark Linn-BakerCasey Maxwell BakerJanuary 27, 1995 (1995-01-27)
Instead of keeping his promise to Nicole to bring her to the circus, Mark lies to her so he can go out with his girlfriend Denise. 
6016 "The Ringer" Mark Linn-BakerScott Spencer GordonFebruary 3, 1995 (1995-02-03)
Geneva convinces Mark to coach Nicole's all-girl tee-ball team, which hasn't won a game all season. Determined to help the girls win, Mark convinces Tyler to dress up like a girl and play on the team. 
6117 "Down in the Dumps" David HogeFebruary 10, 1995 (1995-02-10)
Mark and Vanessa are determined to win the lottery and enlist Geneva's help in obtaining her aunt's guaranteed winning formula. 
6218 "Hero" Mark Linn-BakerFebruary 17, 1995 (1995-02-17)
While waiting to use the ATM, Mark witnesses a botched robbery attempt. A woman stops the thief but leaves the scene quickly. Everyone believes that Mark actually prevented the robbery and he doesn't deny it. 
6319 "Here Comes The Groom" Mark Linn-BakerFebruary 25, 1995 (1995-02-25)
Mark advises Earvin to slow down his romance with his new girlfriend Lisa, but Mark's good intentions prove ill-advised when Earvin, after listening to Mark, decides to elope with Lisa; Nicole may need glasses. 
6420 "The Matchmaker" David HogeApril 28, 1995 (1995-04-28)
Mark and Geneva's crazy Aunt Eunetta comes to visit, and with her quirky technique of touching people's heads, determines that Mark and Vanessa would be the perfect couple. 
6521 "Guys Night Out" May 5, 1995 (1995-05-05)
After being pestered by Geneva, Mark reluctantly tries to help Geneva's boyfriend, Ken, become a part of Mark's group of male friends. 
6622 "High Hopes" Cheryl Au & Barry O'BrienMay 12, 1995 (1995-05-12)

Vanessa gets a marriage proposal. Mark seeks a way to win the state basketball championship. Geneva tries to find a better position at the school.

Note: Final Appearance of Nell Carter as P.J. Moore. 

Season 4: 1995–1996

Series # Season # Title Notes Original air date
67 1 Together Again Vanessa and Mark return to Oakland after neither's summer was to their liking, and learn Geneva has become principal of the high school. Omar Gooding becomes a Series Regular. September 15, 1995
68 2 It's a Matter of Principal Rehired as basketball coach, Mark takes advantage of Geneva's position as principal, but the other teacher's resent what they see as special treatment for him. September 22, 1995
69 3 R.O.T.C. Geneva recruits a new instructor for the Reserve Officer Training Corps, her former boyfriend, Master Sergeant Ken. September 29, 1995
70 4 E.R. Though she just failed her EMT test, Vanessa saves Mark's life after he falls and gets a concussion. October 20, 1995
71 5 Halloween Nicole and her friend tease Tyler after he's scared of a horror movie, and dare him to camp out in a haunted house on Halloween. Vanessa goes on her first shift as an EMT. October 27, 1995
72 6 Ghost in the Machine Nicole breaks Mark's prized mug and lets Vanessa take the blame. Later, while playing a fantasy computer game, Nicole falls asleep and has a dream that teaches her the importance of honesty. November 3, 1995
73 7 Waterworld When the ancient plumbing system breaks down in the house, Vanessa and Geneva hire a plumber. But Mark chases away the plumber and insists on fixing the problem himself. November 10, 1995
74 8 I Remember Grandpa Mark unwillingly goes to clean out Grandpa Cooper's mountain cabin. Vanessa deals with an uncooperative powerboat. November 17, 1995
75 9 R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Geneva becomes exasperated with everyone in the house treating her like a servant. So, she moves out with Nicole. Mark invites his inconsiderate friends Steve and Lydell to move in, causing Vanessa to move out. December 1, 1995
76 10 The Great Pretender Mark lets Vanessa to practice wrapping bandages on him. While wearing a shoulder brace, Mark meets his beautiful new neighbor, Monique. Before Mark can explain that he is not injured, Monique becomes sympathetic. Using the situation to his advantage, Mark asks her on a date. Meanwhile, Nicole insists on wearing hip-hop clothing to express her individuality. December 8, 1995
77 11 Christmas '95 Disgusted by its commercial aspects, Mark tries to instill the family with the true spirit of Christmas. December 15, 1995
78 12 Increase the Peace After he falls in love with a girl at school, her gang member brother harasses Earvin, and threatens him with a gun. January 5, 1996
79 13 Robo Golf Mark invests in a co-worker's invention, a robotic suit designed to improve the wearer's golf skills. January 12, 1996
80 14 Coach Counselor Mark becomes a student guidance counselor and advises an egotistical football player. Vanessa babysits Nicole and allows her to slack off on her studies. January 19, 1996
81 15 Talent Show Mark coordinates a talent show as a fundraiser for the school's athletic department and is promised an appearance by Boyz II Men by a man posing as the group's attorney. February 2, 1996
82 16 Globetrotters Mark is upset when he is unable to attend a show put on by The Harlem Globetrotters for the fifth time in his life. February 9, 1996
83 17 Rivals Mark tries to end a rivalry with a coach from another high school basketball team. Vanessa uses Tyler to try to get a date with a man in a single parents' group. February 16, 1996
84 18 The Curse Mark causes a lot of bad luck for himself and those around him when he buys a beautiful car that the previous owner claims is haunted. Vanessa finds out her new relationship isn't as serious as she thought. February 23, 1996
85 19 Grumpy Old Man Knuckleball Smith, one of Vanessa's patients at the retirement home, intends to sell his classic car to please his jealous elderly lover, Edna. Geneva is afraid she may face an obstacle to being named principal on a permanent basis. March 8, 1996
86 20 True Confessions After Geneva introduces Vanessa to a successful, handsome man, Mark does everything he can to sabotage the developing relationship. April 26, 1996
87 21 Breaking Up is Hard to Do Mark and Vanessa announce that they are dating. After their first fight, they decide that it would be better if they were just friends, but on subsequent dates with other people, each can only think about the other. May 3, 1996
88 22 Will She or Won't She? Despite wanting to marry Mark, Vanessa innocently has lunch with her former boyfriend. When Mark finds out, he frantically proposes marriage to her. Geneva directs a school play written by Nicole. This show Is put On a one Year Hitaus Until the Summer of 1997. May 10, 1996

Season 5: 1997

Series # Season # Title Notes Original air date
89 1 The Ring After Vanessa accepts Mark's marriage proposal, Mark looks for a deal on a ring he can afford. But there's a misunderstanding about the price—after he gives it to Vanessa. June 21, 1997
90 2 Please Don't Go When Geneva feels she's in the way of the newlyweds-to-be and makes plans to move out, Mark enlists the help of Tyler's rambunctious young relatives to convince her to stay. June 28, 1997
91 3 The In-Laws Mark meets Vanessa's extremely wealthy parents for the first time, and hopes that they will pay for the wedding. July 5, 1997
92 4 Security Vanessa's job working as an emergency medical technician is eliminated due to budget cuts, so she starts her own business selling African beauty supplies. Meanwhile, Mark takes an additional job at a security company. July 12, 1997
93 5 The Spa Vanessa is very tense from planning her wedding, so her friend Florence invites her to a spa for relaxation. Mark becomes jealous when he realizes that the spa is staffed by attractive men who are eager to please their customers. July 19, 1997
94 6 The Dance Tyler makes a date with a girl for his first school dance, but Mark gives him bad advice on how to treat women. August 2, 1997
95 7 One on One When Mark argues with the high school's girls' basketball coach, they decide to settle their differences with a one-on-one basketball game. Tyler and Nicole need blood samples for science class. August 9, 1997
96 8 The Swami To help the school earn money for textbooks, Mark works at a carnival pretending to be a fortuneteller. August 15, 1997
97 9 The Argument Mark and Vanessa get into an argument, but they both have conflicting viewpoints as to what really happened. August 16, 1997
98 10 Lifesaver Vanessa pressures Geneva's longtime boyfriend, Ken, into asking Geneva to marry him. Geneva accepts, but Ken reconsiders after Mark inadvertently scares him about the seriousness of marriage. August 22, 1997
99 11 The Idol Mark promises that he will introduce Tyler to his favorite rap star, who happens to be an old friend of Mark's. Nicole gets a makeover from Vanessa and Geneva. August 23, 1997
100 12 Party, Party While Vanessa's friends give her a pre-wedding party at a strip club where her old boyfriend works, Mark's buddies host a similar party for him. August 29, 1997
101 13 Getting Personal Vanessa wonders if Mark really understands her. She places an ad in the personals section and then tests Mark by telling him to determine which ad is hers. Nicole and Tyler try to find a song to sing at the wedding. August 30, 1997
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