The standup comic Mark Curry played the title character, a former pro basketball player now returned to his hometown of Oakland, California, and working at his old high school as a coach and substitute teacher. Mr Cooper lives with his long-term friend Robin and a vivacious career woman, Vanessa. Although juvenile in many aspects of his life, Cooper was honest enough about wanting sex and didn't dress up his desires in innuendo. The format later changed when Dawnn Lewis left the series and was replaced by Saundra Quaterman as Geneva Lee, Mark's cousin. She in turn brought along her feisty daughter Nicole, enabling the writers to exercise their particular comedic fascination: the interplay between Cooper and smart-mouthed youngsters.
Safe, reliable and steadfastly middle-of-the-road, Hangin' With Mr Cooper struck a chord with viewers and attracted huge and loyal audiences. Curry's comedic sensibilities and standup style may have been the main reason, but the many beautiful (and potent) black women who shared the screen with him also played their part.