Thursday, August 19, 2010

Some Scipted Television: Melissa & Joey

Melissa and Joey

I watched the new ABC Family show, "Melissa and Joey." This show stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. If you remember, they played a pretty convincing couple in the ABC Family movie "My Fake Fiance."

Aside from a very forced plot line, "Melissa and Joey" is quite enjoyable. In this show, Melissa Joan Hart plays Aunt Mel, a single politician who is forced to take in her sister's two teenage kids. Joey Longo, played by Joey Lawrence, is an unemployed businessman who forces his way into a job as Mel's nanny. Mel is fighting her way through dating, and has a wacky friend as a sidekick. Joey's going through a messy divorce with a woman who only wanted him for his money. The show allows us to watch Joey make Mel's broken family whole again.

What makes "Melissa and Joey" unique is that it's risky for ABC Family. Not only do they say 'crap' several times, but they highlight the fact that Lennox, Mel's niece, wrote a poem making fun of Principal Lunt...and the main theme of the poem rhymed with Ms. Lunt's last name. They don't actually say the word, but you get it. 'Melissa and Joey' also highlights the fact that Joey's ex-wife, Tiffany, had giant breasts.

Overall, "Melissa and Joey" was a fun to watch show. It's a feel-good comedy that wraps up neatly at the end of each episode. You won't feel stressed or overwhelmed with this comedy, and you'll enjoy watching stars from your childhood act in adult roles. (Remember these? Clarissa Explains It All, Blossom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch?)

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