Melissa & Joey is the
successful ABC Family television series
starring Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch) and Joey
Lawrence (Blossom). The series has received a renewal for a
season (Hooray)! The Season 1, Part 2 DVD release contains the
half of the first season with a batch of 18 half-hour episodes.
politician (the youngest to serve her community) and Joey is her nanny
actually insists that he's "freelance"). The sitcom focuses on this
pairing and two kids named Lennox (Taylor Spreitler) and Ryder (Nick
whom Melissa agreed to raise after their parents were involved in
woes (actually an understatement) that affected Joey (and thus coincidentally
led to his employment). The sitcom pairs these four characters
a type of bizarre modern family.
storylines develop further in the second half of season one and are
in their own way. There is definitely less emphasis on the random
relationships for Melissa or Joey during these episodes and an actual
multi-episode arc begins with episode "Young Love" that pairs Melissa
youngish guy named George Jr. (Scott Michael Foster) and that continues
episodes. Joey must still learn to deal with the aftermath of his
with Tiffany (Megan Hilty). These scenarios certainly provide plenty of
humorous moments and help expand the series horizon a bit more.
Ryder also seem to receive more screen-time during the second half of
season with more emphasis on developing these characters. In "Toledo's
Model" a fashion-expert convinces Lennox to begin a modeling career.
must learn to decide if that is the future she wants or really needs.
episode, Ryder makes a short film about the risk of texting while
proves to be quite hilarious with Joey Lawrence even in a state of John
Travolta Grease-dom. Both
characters begin their own relationships and are shown as becoming
brother-sister as well; it is a nice improvement for the series.
reason the series seems to work so well is the comedic performances
entire cast. The characters are all extremely likeable and the actors
portraying them are equally compelling. Melissa Joan Hart and Joey
typically propel the entire series with excellent chemistry that makes
whole thing so much easier to enjoy and at times more intelligent and
than one might otherwise imagine from a sitcom. Stephanie (Lucy DeVito)
a great addition to the cast by adding another element of humor and
Ratzenberger (the always humorous Pixar voice-actor) also makes a fun
in the episode A House Divided.
is truly excellent for a sitcom series and it far exceeds expectations
regular basis with so many different types of jokes and scenarios that
have been created to go beyond the ordinary. The series is so often
laugh-out-loud funny and even when a joke is not that hilarious
charm is so fresh and so clearly a result of the writing as well as
the series. Solid direction helps to round out the strong foundations
excellent show. Melissa & Joey may surprise audiences by
of the year's absolute best TV sitcoms.
& Joey is
presented in the original
broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1 with anamorphic widescreen
series has natural bright colors that are the norm for sitcom series.
has a clean presentation with good contrast, sharpness, and overall
image is rarely soft or with image imperfections. This
is a pleasing image presentation.
audio quality is crisp and clear with easy to
understand dialogue. There are two sound options included on this
surround sound or 2.0 Dolby Digital. Either option will work splendidly
sitcom series. The surround sound option is appreciated, although it
necessarily going to make a dramatic impact as sound effects are kept
minimum. The occasional sound effects and the music score should still
surround sound fans something extra to enjoy.
& Joey: Season 1, Part 2
episodes in production order rather than the air-date order. The main
this was probably done was because of the growth of hair by actor Joey
aren't any special features on this release.
& Joey is an
immensely entertaining show and it has a
great emphasis on family that is well appreciated. This series
made, well acted, and well worth one's time. Highly Recommended.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.