[[caption-width-right:300:Guess which one's the nanny?]]

''Melissa & Joey'' was a 2010 {{Sitcom}} that aired on ABC Family. It starred Creator/MelissaJoanHart and [[Series/{{Blossom}} Joey]] [[Series/BrotherlyLove Lawrence]] as the two titular characters.

Local politician Mel Burke is a [[OldShame former]] HardDrinkingPartyGirl turned politician who must take care of her niece and nephew, Lennox and Ryder, after [[MissingMom their parents]] [[DisappearedDad are arrested]] for a [[TheCon ponzi]] [[WhiteCollarCrime scheme]] their father, Lewis Scanlon pulled. Joe Longo is a former employee of Scanlon who was left broke, jobless and publicly shamed in the wake of the scheme, despite having known nothing about it. Unable to find work due to his tarnished name, Joe hits rock bottom after his [[GoldDigger wife]] leaves him, and confronts Mel during one of her public addresses.

Mel, who is struggling to handle both her demanding job and two unsettled teenagers, ends up hiring Joe as a live-in nanny. While they initially clash, Mel and Joe grow closer as they essentially raise Lennox and Ryder together, and are often mistaken as being [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend a couple.]] They eventually [[BelligerentSexualTension admit their feelings for one another]] and end up married at the end of the third season.

The series lasted for four seasons, running from August 17th 2010, to August 5th 2014.

!!This series provides examples of:

* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Although they're the aunt and nanny, Mel and Joe are this to Lennox and Ryder.
* AnythingThatMoves: Bianca.
* AscendedExtra: Joey's estranged daughter Dani becomes a regular for the show's fourth season [[spoiler:only to return willingly back to her mother in the ninth episode ''Gone Girl'']].
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther:
** Done with Joe and Mel, so much.
** Lennox and Ryder have a few moments as well.
* BigScrewedUpFamily:
** Mel's sister Lennox and Ryder's mother is in jail, while their father is on the run. Mel is raising her niece and nephew because of this. It's implied that Mel and her sister didn't have the greatest childhood, with their senator father.
** Joe is not any better. He had a previous relationship with another woman and only finds out that she had a daughter behind his back 13 years later. The kicker? Joe's sister knew about the child but kept it a secret from him.
* BiTheWay: Implied that Mel may have experimented with bisexuality in college when Lennox pretends to be a lesbian.
* BuffySpeak: Mel is guilty of using this several times
--> "I'm gonna go ahead and take this brown ... food...''meat''.
* CatchPhrase: Joe has "She's not my boss. I'm freelance."
* CitizenshipMarriage: [[spoiler:Joe marries his Russian girlfriend in the second season finale so she can get her green card, but they end up getting an annulment.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
** Mel says to Lennox and Ryder: "Stay out of trouble, or I'll come to your school and kiss you at lunch."
** On another episode when Ryder lost his shoes, Mel tells him that she will show up in school in her bathrobe.
* CousinOliver: Dani, Joe's previously unknown 13 year old daughter. She's introduced out of nowhere at the end of the fourth season, after Lennox & Ryder both graduated high school.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Both Mel and Joe are extremely good at this.
** Ryder has his moments as well.
** Lennox too.
* DepravedBisexual: Bianca, who makes a pass at both Melissa ''and'' Joey. [[spoiler: Not to mention sleeping with the hair guy and makeup woman literally hours before she's supposed to marry Melissa's cousin Emily...]]
* DysfunctionalFamily: Mel, Joe, Lennox and Ryder are definitely this already.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Mel wants Joe to get rid of his flat screen TV when she gets distracted by baby penguins on the screen.
** Then subverted at the end when another baby penguin is graphically eaten (but not seen by the viewers) by a leopard seal. Thus the TV seems to bounce between being in the living room and in Joe's room. In otherwords, it's there when it needs to be but not when it would interfere with the typical sitcom living room. This is even shown in the above episode when Ryder constantly moves the TV from Joe's room into the living room.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Lennox once got herself in trouble for using an offensive word to talk about her principal, Mrs. Lunt. We were never told which word was used, but it was stated that said offensive word rhymed with "Lunt". Take a wild guess on what it was.
* GranolaGirl: Lennox. She even passes up a potentially lucrative modeling gig because the company in question uses real animal fur.
* GoldDigger: Joe's ex-wife.
* HouseHusband: Though he is technically Mel's employee, Joe performs the typical "house wife" role.
* HumiliationConga: Joe; full stop. After the scheme pulled by Lewis Scanlon, he lost everything he had and is demoted to working as a nanny.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When Lennox learns that Ryder is being bullied, she responds "That's my job!"
* HypocriticalHumor: Basically, every bit of advice Mel gives is contradicted by her own behavior.
* IncompatibleOrientation: In one episode, Mel goes on a date with a guy who turns out to be gay. Joe mentions during that same episode that he once dated a lesbian.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Lennox comes off like this.
** Marco, Joe's nephew. He has a brief fling with Lennox during a trip to Jersey, then arrives in Toledo for Joe & Mel's wedding, and sabotages her relationship with Xander by revealing the fling. Then, when Lennox comes onto him out of revenge due to Xander immediately jumping into bed with his roommate, Marco turns her down because he genuinely likes her & doesn't want her to do something she'll regret, even apologising for being a dick & sabotaging her relationship.
* LipstickLesbian: Mel's cousin Emmy and her fiancee, Bianca.
* MissingMom: Lennox and Ryder's mother, again.
* OverprotectiveDad: Joe ''really'' likes to interrogate and terrify any boy who shows interest in Lennox.
* PapaWolf: Joe embodies this trope. He does not take kindly to anyone hurting Lennox, Ryder, or Dani. And some examples include Ryder's bully problem in "Spies & Lies" and Lennox's date in "Do As I Say, Not As I Did".
-->'''Joe''': "So, here's my plan: step one, find boy; step two, beat boy senseless; step three, enjoy the satisfaction of steps one and two."
* PromotionToParent:
** The entire premise of the series is Mel having to do this. And now Joe, since Mel and Joe have decided they're co-parents.
** Joe becomes a full-time parent to Dani when she moves in with them.
* RealMenWearPink: Joe gradually comes to realize that shamelessly being a male nanny means that he's one of the most masculine men in all of the Great State of Ohio.
-->'''Joe'''(to a depressed Ryder whose girlfriend just broke with him): "That's too bad. Now be a man and [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} put on your apron]]."
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Mel and Joey are like this with each other, with Mel especially firm about it.
* ShipperOnDeck: Lennox ships Mel and Joe, as she keeps trying to push them to admit their feelings for each other.
* SleazyPolitician: Averted by Mel, who appears to genuinely place the public good over her own career. There are plenty of straight examples, though. Also, some of the humour in the show comes from the conflict between Mel's politician instincts and her parental ones - see "Works For Me" where when Ryder [[spoiler:is caught smoking pot and admits to it]], one piece of her advice is wondering why he would lack the sense to actually [[spoiler:admit to that to begin with.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/TheNanny'' and ''Series/WhosTheBoss''.
* StronglyWordedLetter: Joe has one for Mel's brother-in-law in the pilot.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Bianca asks Mel if she's ever been with a woman, Mel replies "Nope! Never! Not even [[ExperimentedInCollege in college]] with my friend Renee!"
* TheyDo: Unsurprisingly, Mel and Joe tie the knot at the end of the third season.
* ThinkUnsexyThoughts: When lying to Mel's friend about his job, Joe has to keep calling his mother to stop thinking about sex.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mel turns into a heavy type A towards Joey. In one episode, she went back and forth between hating Joey and loving his cooking.
* WorldOfSnark: [[SarcasmMode No kidding? I never would've guessed.]] To the point that the priest at Mel & Joe's wedding snarks about how they both have a tendency to want to get the last word in, so they decided who would take their vows first by coin toss.
* WhyCantIHateYou: Joe has a habit of hooking up with "that GoldDigger who ruined [his] life."