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Obsession: Melissa & Joey

Current Position: All caught up!

Summary: [from IMDB] After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder, she hires a man named Joe to become the family’s male nanny, or “manny”.

Why I like it:

I’ll admit, when somebody first recommended this to me, I was a little skeptical. I mean, it sounded cute and all, but kinda lame too.

Instead, I was incredibly surprised to find a hilarious sitcom that definitely isn’t just for the kids. Mel and Joe are constantly sniping back and forth at each other over the stupidest things, and each episode had at least one line that was laugh out loud funny (and I don’t tend to be a noisy watcher).

And then, of course, there’s the inherent tension between Mel and Joe. It’s pretty obvious from the beginning that Mel and Joe want each other, but they spend so much time denying that half the lines are funny because of the things they’re not saying.

It also helps that it’s set only half an hour from me. Of course, it’s nothing like what it really is, but it’s still cool to see something close to home. I think it’s interesting that Ohio has become code for “normal” in the media anymore – that should be a discussion topic one day!

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