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* PintSizedPowerhouse: Stephanie is even smaller than Mel yet she can smash through door glass with a single swing of her purse.

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* AllWomenLoveShoes: Mel. She usually wears heels, but is said to own over 30 pairs of Uggs alone.

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* TeensAreShort: Averted. Both Ryder and Lennox are taller then Mel.

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** In "Spice and Lies" Mel ran outside barefoot to confront Ryder's (mistaken) bully.

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* MamaBear: Perhaps not quite to the same instinctively as Joe, yet nonetheless she can rather protective of her niece and nephew.


* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/TheNanny'' and ''WhosTheBoss''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/TheNanny'' and ''WhosTheBoss''.''Series/WhosTheBoss''.


A 2010 sitcom on ABC Family starring Creator/MelissaJoanHart and Creator/JoeyLawrence. 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 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.

The series is set to end at four seasons made.

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

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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 can't find work after was left broke, jobless and publicly shamed in the wake of the scheme, which he knew despite having known nothing about, bankrupted the company and about it. Unable to find work due to his tarnished his good name. Finally, after hitting name, Joe hits rock bottom when after his wife turns out to be a golddigger and [[GoldDigger wife]] leaves him, he works 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 kids' nanny.

end of the third season.

The series is set to end at lasted for four seasons made.
seasons, running from August 17th 2010, to August 5th 2014.


A 2010 sitcom on ABC Family starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. 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 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.

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A 2010 sitcom on ABC Family starring Melissa Joan Hart Creator/MelissaJoanHart and Joey Lawrence.Creator/JoeyLawrence. 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 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.

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*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]]."


** 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.

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** 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 their senator father.


* CousinOliver: Dani, Joe's previously unknown 13 year old daughter. She's introduced out of nowhere at the end of the third season, after Lennox & Ryder both graduated high school.

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* CousinOliver: Dani, Joe's previously unknown 13 year old daughter. She's introduced out of nowhere at the end of the third fourth season, after Lennox & Ryder both graduated high school.


* CousinOliver: Dani, Joe's previously unknown 13 year old daughter. She's introduced out of nowhere at the end of the third season, after Lennox & Ryder both graduated high school.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lennox comes off like this.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Lennox comes off like this.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.


* 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, even with a senator father.
** Joey is not any better. He had a previous relationship with another woman and only finds out that she had a daughter behind his back for 13 years.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: BigScrewedUpFamily:
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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.
** Joey 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 for 13 years.years later. The kicker? Joe's sister knew about the child but kept it a secret from him.



* 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 that she will show up in school in her bathrobe.

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* CitizenshipMarriage: [[spoiler: Joe [[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: CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
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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.



* PromotionToParent: Mel. 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.

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* PromotionToParent: Mel. 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. co-parents.
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Joe becomes a full-time parent to Dani when she moves in with them.



* 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.]]

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* 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 [[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 [[spoiler:admit to that to begin with.]]



* WorldOfSnark: [[SarcasmMode No kidding? I never would've guessed.]]

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* 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.


* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheNanny'' and ''WhosTheBoss''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheNanny'' ''Series/TheNanny'' and ''WhosTheBoss''.

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* {{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.

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