Melissa & Joey: Season 1 (2010 - 2011)


Season 1
Melissa & Joey

Critics Consensus

Despite the delightful chemistry between Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, Melissa & Joey doesn't live up to its expectations.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 24
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Air date: Aug 17, 2010
Air date: Aug 17, 2010
Air date: Aug 24, 2010
Air date: Aug 31, 2010
Air date: Sep 7, 2010
Air date: Sep 14, 2010
Air date: Sep 21, 2010
Air date: Sep 28, 2010
Air date: Oct 5, 2010
Air date: Oct 12, 2010
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In the premiere series of this comedy, busy politician Mel Burke (Melissa Joan Hart) gains custody of her teenage niece, Lennox (Taylor Spreitler), and nephew, Ryder (Nick Robinson), after their parents get in trouble with the law. Mel quickly learns she needs help looking after the kids, so she hires unemployed Joe Longo (Joey Lawrence) to help her run the household. Joe has a personal connection to the kids' father: He was an executive at the company their dad left in shambles. Joe's new job as a nanny wreaks havoc on his dating life, and at one point, Mel tries to help him by pretending to be his girlfriend at his college reunion. Meanwhile, Mel enters into a romance with a younger man; and Joe dates Mel's personal trainer. Stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence are executive producers of the series.

Critic Reviews for Melissa & Joey Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Because this is on ABC Family, it comes with a big helping of cheesy jokes, but Hart and Lawrence share a buoyant, delightful chemistry.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Melissa & Joey pilot is no great shakes. But Melissa [Joan Hart] and Joey [Lawrence] could be.

Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's far from unwatchable, and there's potential in its leads, if they're left to their own devices.

Aug 16, 2010 | Full Review…

Melissa & Joey are working again, and working hard, goshdarnit, for you. Your job is to sit there, numb, and remember Melissa and Joey fondly. Think about it: Is there anything that would be nicer to have back with us than the 1990s?

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

ABC Family has been on something of a creative roll on the dramatic side. Melissa & Joey, by contrast, represents a decided lurch back toward the bland old days, grasping at TGIF's ostensible niche while offering precious little for which to be thankful.

Aug 16, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Melissa & Joey is by no means offensive, and I wouldn't even call it awful -- it's fine to have on in the background, or on mute -- but it's not good, and is a really strange programming choice for a cable network in 2010.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm a bit of a dope when it comes to Hart; I squealed inwardly when I first learned of this show. She may not be destined to play Lady Macbeth, or even Rosalind, but she can brighten a TV screen.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

I want to give this show a chance and I will... Hopefully, it was just the introductions, jamming the background in, and getting the characters acquainted with each other that made it seem so jumbled and bad.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the backstory, the humor is conventionally jolly. Hart has the comic edge over Lawrence: She's girlish and goofy, like a plush-doll Jane Krakowski.

Aug 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's not only the trash that's stinking on Melissa & Joey.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

But overall, the show doesn't live up to its stars, and the use of strong language and references to underage drinking and sex ensure that it's not for tweens.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Melissa & Joey: Season 1

  • Dec 06, 2018
    Melissa is always great to watch, absolute beauty and talent! 90% of this season is off the chart great. Love the tension and attraction. Joey is rock solid actor and they are perfectly casted together. I am shocked it rates so low on here. Its funny and lets you enjoy and escape. I never watched it when it came out since last season of Sabrina was as bad as it gets with guy obsession. Gave it a chance and binge watched all four seasons in a few weeks. Great time spent, no regrets.
  • Sep 30, 2015
    Finally a fresh series, I love it!
  • Dec 13, 2013
    I did seen some episode and I got to say that they are good episodes.

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