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Melissa & Joey

Melissa & Joey

Photo Credit:  Bob D'Amico/ABC Family
  • Premiered: 
    August 17, 2010
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  • Network: ABC Family
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Bob Young & David Kendall 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Mel is local politician and former wild child of a political family. When her sister is sent to prison and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and adolescent nephew, Ryder. Joe is desperate for a job and still trying to move on after the break-up of his marriage, but he moves in and becomes the family's manny when Mel realizes she needs help. After a bathtub fell through the ceiling of their home at the end of Season 1, Mel felt the additional pressure of balancing the massive home renovation with her duties at work and raising her niece and nephew. Season 2 continued the sexual tension between Mel and Joe, until the season finale when Joe married Elena so she wouldn't get sent back to Russia. Mel tried to officiate the wedding, but couldn't follow through when her emotions got the best of her when she saw what looked like real feelings between Joe and his bride. Shortly after the wedding, Elena realized they had rushed into marriage and left for Russia, leaving Joe possibly available for Mel when MELISSA & JOEY returned for its third season on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC Family. At the beginning of Season 3, Mel and Joe are in new relationships, but they'll find those relationships bring them back together in an unexpected way. In the Season 3 premiere, Mel panics when Joe looks for a new job and she realizes he may actually leave, while Lennox thinks her artist boyfriend, Zander, may have found another muse. In the Season 3 finale, "At Last," Joe is still reeling from the unexpected news at the wedding, and he impulsively invites his family to move in without asking Mel first, putting their new life together in jeopardy. Will she give in to an ever expanding household or will she break things off with Joe and run? Meanwhile, Marco decides to make a commitment to Lennox while Zander tries to win her back. And Ryder takes an online course that earns him an unusual credential. MELISSA & JOEY returned for its fourth season on Wednesday, January 14, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC Family. At the end of Season 3, Joe transitioned from Mel's "manny" to a personal fitness trainer -- and from her employee to her husband. Now that they're married, Mel and Joe struggle to find time for their honeymoon while balancing their careers and raising Joe's recently-discovered teenage daughter, Dani. To complicate matters, Mel's niece Lennox is secretly dating Joe's nephew Marco while still trying to maintain a friendship with her ex Zander, and Mel's nephew Ryder makes a life-changing decision when he meets a new girl. ABC Family aired a mini-marathon of MELISSA & JOEY from 6-8pm ET/PT on January 14, with the final four episodes of Season 3 leading into the new season. In the Season 4 spring finale, Mel and Joe decide to start a family -- as soon as possible. Because they are ready to get pregnant right away, they take the advice of multiple people on the best way to make that happen. Will all of their hard work result in a baby Longo? Plus, Ryder's back home from AmeriCorps and trying to determine what to do with his life. Lennox gives him some advice that leads to a surprising decision.
On Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, ABC Family premiered the series finale of MELISSA & JOEY. In the series ender, "Double Happiness," Mel and Joe both panic when she gets news that will directly affect her senate run. Meanwhile, Ryder gets his orders from the Navy, and Lennox and Zander both have life-changing epiphanies after they almost die in a car crash.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Hartbreak Films


  • - Toledo, Ohio USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • August 29, 2012: Elena Romanov and Joe Longo are married
  • June 18, 2014: Melissa 'Mel' Burke & Joe Longo are married