If you caught either episode of Melissa & Joey last night, you may have thought that ABC Family was running reruns of failed sitcoms during it's 8 o'clock hour. 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. Aside from a few stray jokes about texting and a brief shot of what looked like a Twitter account, it's easy to think this show was made 10 years ago, and has been growing dusty on the shelf of some TV executive ever since.
After a surprisingly successful made-for-TV movie, My Fake Fiance, Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa Explains It All) and Joey Lawrence (Blossom) give their best shot at 21st century sitcom success. They're both likable, despite Hart's idea that comedic delivery rests solely on over-exaggerated facial expressions and shouting. And even with fewer hair follicles, Joey Lawrence is still somewhat of a dreamboat. Still, I'd much rather see Clarissa's friend Sam enter the window via his trusty ladder or hear Blossom's friend Six speed-chat. I'd even settle for a whoa.'Â
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