Series / My Two Dads

My Two Dads was a comedy series that ran on TV from 1987 to 1990.

Marcy Bradford, mother to twelve year-old Nicole, passes away, leaving Nicole (Staci Keanan) to live with her father. Trouble is, Marcy was dating two different men when Nicole was conceived, and she never knew which was the father. DNA testing was not yet commercially available, and the blood typing was inconclusive.

The obvious solution is for Nicole to live with both men. This is suggested to be what Nicole's mother wanted, so that Nicole could benefit from each dad's best traits: Michael (Paul Reiser) is sensible and organized, while Joey (Greg Evigan) is artistic and carefree.

A few years into the series, DNA testing became available. Nicole got tested, but decided not to look at the results, preferring to live with both dads and never knowing which was biologically her father.


  • All Work vs. All Play
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: Subverted. Nicole is worried about going to the prom, and Judge Margaret tells her about another teenage girl who was teased at her prom. When Nicole asks what the girl did, the judge says she destroyed the other girls with her psychic powers.
    Nichole: Wasn't that Carrie?
    Margaret: It's all I've got. I was really popular at school.
  • Children Raise You: Both men, but especially Joey, have to grow up and try and be responsible parents to Nicole.
  • Christmas Episode: In the first season, Michael and Joey go a little overboard celebrating Nicole's first Christmas with them - until they realize that her gloomy mood is because it's her first Christmas without her mother. Meanwhile, Judge Margaret plays a very unenthused Mall Santa.
  • Crossover: Multiple times, with Night Court.
  • Daddy DNA Test: They throw it away without looking at it.
  • Daddy's Girl: Nicole. Having only father figures around makes it sort of hard not to be a Daddy's Girl.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: Joey decides to take advantage of an erroneous report of his death to mass-produce a bunch of paintings and sell them at huge mark-ups.
  • Disguised in Drag: In the third-season episode "Kind of a Drag", Michael poses as Joey's wife to get rid of a pesky woman and accidentally becomes the object of desire for one of Nicole's male teachers.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Greg Evigan (Joey) co-wrote and performed the theme song "You Can Count On Me."
  • Has Two Daddies
  • Have a Gay Old Time: In the episode where Nicole is jealous of a classmate who has developed breasts, the Judge is talking to Joey and Michael:
    Judge: What she needs is a couple of boobs. (beat) That's you.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father
  • Not What It Looks Like: One episode has the dads walk in on Nicole and Cory (the geeky one of her two not-boyfriends). Cory shouts out "It's not how it looks!" then adds: "Actually, how does it look?"
    • This trope was used a great deal with Joey and Michael, also. The writers seemed to really enjoy throwing them together in homoerotic situations that someone could easily misinterpret.
  • Odd Couple: Michael and Joey
  • Prison Episode: In one episode, Joey gets sent to prison for a protest and Michael joins him because he insulted the judge.
  • Prison Rape: Invoked by implication during the above Prison Episode, where Joey and Michael's cellmate, a stereotypical thug, reacts with discomfort to the pair's bickering like a married couple. When they reveal that they are raising a daughter together, the cellmate frantically calls out "Guard?!".
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: One episode has a typo in an obituary causing everyone to think Joey was dead.
  • Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood
  • Special Guest: Davy Jones and baseball legend Willie Mays, among others.
  • Starving Artist: Joey, as Michael will remind him.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Greg Evigan (see "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune) sang it on screen in "The Wedge."
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Judge Wilbur uses this in the Prison Episode.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: The show's central concept.