A 2010 sitcom on ABC Family starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. Mel Burke is a formerHard-Drinking Party Girl turned politician who must take care of her niece and nephew, Lennox and Ryder, after their parentsare arrested for a ponzischeme their father, Lewis Scanlon pulled. Joe Longo is a former employee of Scanlon who can't find work after the scheme, which he knew nothing about, bankrupted the company and tarnished his good name. Finally, after hitting rock bottom when his wife turns out to be a golddigger and leaves him, he works as the kids' nanny.
Big Screwed-Up Family: 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, even with a senator father.
Bi the Way: Implied that Mel may have experimented with bisexuality in college when Lennox pretends to be a lesbian.
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.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: 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.
Granola Girl: Lennox. She even passes up a potentially lucrative modeling gig because the company in question uses real animal fur.
Overprotective Dad: Joe really likes to interrogate and terrify any boy who shows interest in Lennox.
Papa Wolf: Joe embodies this trope. He does not take kindly to anyone hurting Lennox or Ryder. 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."
Shipper on Deck: Lennox ships Mel and Joe, as she keeps trying to push them to admit their feelings for each other.
Sleazy Politician: 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 is caught smoking pot and admits to it, one piece of her advice is wondering why he would lack the sense to actually admit to that to begin with.