The BEST Episodes of Melissa & Joey

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020

Network: ABC Family

Mel is a local politician from a political family. When a family scandal leaves her niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder, without their parents, Mel takes them in. Joe is a former commodities trader left bankrupt after a ponzi scheme who is searching for a job. Just when Mel finds it hard to handle an instant family, her career and her own personal life, she meets and hires Joe to become the family's nanny.

The Settlement

#1 - The Settlement

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Sep 14, 2011

Joe considers newfound possibilities, when he comes into a large sum of money. Meanwhile, a water leak is found on the living room ceiling.

star 8.33
379 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Bob Young, David Kendall
Right Time, Right Place

#2 - Right Time, Right Place

Season 3 - Episode 32 - Aired May 7, 2014

Mel plans the perfect wedding day for her friend Carrie. But when Carrie calls it off, Mel wonders if she should keep all the flowers, catering and venue—for her and Joe. Meanwhile, Lennox helps Ryder lie on his resume to help him get a job.

star 8.28
246 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Jennifer Glickman
What Happens in Jersey... (1)

#3 - What Happens in Jersey... (1)

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 28, 2013

In failing health, Joe's grandmother Sofia begs him to come visit her one last time for her birthday, and to bring his beautiful wife Tiffany along. Since Joe never got around to telling "Nona" he and Tiffany got divorced, he's forced to beg Mel to pretend to be his trampy ex. Soon, Joe and Mel are on the road to Jersey with Lennox and Ryder tagging along.

star 8.12
273 votes
Directors: David Kendall
Writers: Bob Young, David Kendall
A Decent Proposal

#4 - A Decent Proposal

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 15, 2014

Joe rushes home to tell Mel that he has feelings for her after their romantic night together in New Jersey. When he arrives, he's shocked to find Austin has shown up and wants to give his relationship with Mel another try. Deciding he can't stay and watch them fall in love all over again, Joe quits. Meanwhile, Lennox plots to get Joe and Mel together and Ryder gets sick from his own cooking.

star 8.06
324 votes
Directors: David Kendall
Writers: Bob Young, David Kendall
I Can Manage

#5 - I Can Manage

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 30, 2012

In the second-season opener, Mel has her home renovated, but the construction work does not go smoothly. Meanwhile, Lennox's school puts on a play she wrote, but the audience reaction is not what she anticipated.

star 8.04
370 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Bob Young, David Kendall
Don't Train On My Parade

#6 - Don't Train On My Parade

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 6, 2011

Melissa's trainer, "Lindsay Gates" (Jessalyn Wanlim) has a physical thing for Joey.

star 7.96
422 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Matt Boren
The Truth Hurts

#7 - The Truth Hurts

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 26, 2013

Joe accidentally injures Mel's boyfriend, Austin, during a competitive game of pool. Mel accuses Joe of doing it on purpose to ruin her romantic weekend getaway. Meanwhile, Joe invites a nerdy kid to join Ryder in his home school studies, and Lennox takes to psychoanalyzing everyone in the house.

star 7.94
280 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Seth Kurland
A Pair of Sneakers

#8 - A Pair of Sneakers

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 1, 2012

Joe gives Lennox driving lessons without Mel's consent. After Lennox gets into a minor accident, Joe tries to cover it up from Mel. Mel & Ryder are keeping a secret of their own.

star 7.93
442 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Kara Lee Burk
Accidents Will Happen

#9 - Accidents Will Happen

Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 30, 2014

Mel finds out some unexpected news from her doctor and has to choose the right time when to tell Joe. Ryder forms a study group with a huge mix of people. Lennox and Xander get their wires crossed.

star 7.93
267 votes
Writers: Chris Luccy
Double Happiness

#10 - Double Happiness

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 5, 2015

In the series finale, Mel receives unexpected news as she prepares for her senate campaign. Meanwhile, Ryder finds out where the Navy is sending him; and Lennox and Zander both have wake-up calls after they survive a bad car crash.

star 7.92
182 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Jennifer Glickman
What Happens in Jersey... (2)

#11 - What Happens in Jersey... (2)

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 4, 2013

After a night of heavy drinking, Joe and Mel end up sleeping together to their own shock. Ryder gets worked up about helping out Joe's mother with "the rat". Lennox finds out that Marco was only pretending to be into her to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. Mel, as Tiffany, mistakenly makes a deathbed promise to Nona that she and Joe will stay together forever.

star 7.92
275 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Bob Young, David Kendall
All Politics is Local

#12 - All Politics is Local

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Aug 24, 2011

Mel's dad comes back to town to support a bill Mel opposes. Meanwhile, Lennox's poetry proves popular with a classmate who's an aspiring singer.

star 7.92
423 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Bob Young, David Kendall
Teacher/Teacher

#13 - Teacher/Teacher

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Aug 31, 2011

Joe gets Ryder in trouble with his teacher; Mel sneaks Lennox into an 18-and-over concert.

star 7.89
369 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Larry Reitzer
The Other Longo

#14 - The Other Longo

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Aug 31, 2011

Joe's younger brother visits and takes an interest in Mel.

star 7.89
403 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Seth Kurland
Family Feud

#15 - Family Feud

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 31, 2013

Mel and Joe are invited to co-host a week of “Good Morning Toledo” which Mel thinks will help her earn voters. Their constant bickering on air garners rave reviews with the audience and they’re an instant hit. But when the secret to their popularity turns out to be talking a little too personally about Lennox and Ryder, they have to decide if fame or family is more important.

star 7.89
292 votes
Directors: Adam Weissman
Writers: Julie Whitesell
Catch and Release

#16 - Catch and Release

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 9, 2014

Against Mel's better judgment, Joe agrees to act as a wingman to his recently divorced friend Charlie when they go out to a bar. There, Joe meets Darcy who doesn't know he has a girlfriend. Meanwhile, Zander decides to move in with two female co-eds at his college, much to Lennox's chagrin.

star 7.89
236 votes
Writers: Stefanie Leder
More Than Roommates

#17 - More Than Roommates

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 23, 2014

Joe inherits his Nona Sophia's ugly chair - the one she died in - and can't wait to finally add a piece of his life into Mel's home. Mel, unfortunately, doesn't feel the same way and tries to find ways to get rid of the chair without hurting Joe's feelings. Meanwhile, Ryder pretends he's a college student to hook up with one of Zander's roommates, and Lennox and Zander dance around their hidden feelings for each other.

star 7.89
227 votes
Directors: Stuart Bass
Writers: Holly Hester
Do as I Say, Not as I Did

#18 - Do as I Say, Not as I Did

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Sep 14, 2011

Fearing that she will give into peer pressure, Mel and Joe follow Lennox to her all night after-party. Meanwhile, while studying with another girl, Ryder seizes the opportunity to stand up to Holly.

star 7.88
432 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Julie Brown
Born to Run

#19 - Born to Run

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 16, 2014

Mel's wild father comes to town to help Mel announce her state senate run. But when Joe teaches him about "selfies," he accidentally sends a racy photo to everyone involved in Mel's campaign, hurting her chances at winning. Meanwhile, Ryder tries to come up with a winning idea for his Entrepreneur's Club.

star 7.88
260 votes
Directors: Joseph Lawrence
Writers: Seth Kurland
My Roof, My Rules

#20 - My Roof, My Rules

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 19, 2014

When Mel and Joe discover Lennox is secretly dating her teaching assistant Emerson, Joe talks Mel into putting her foot down and forbidding the relationship. But things don't go as planned, and Lennox ends up moving out… and into Emerson's apartment. Meanwhile, Ryder is stuck at the Canadian border after leaving his passport somewhere in the house.

star 7.88
263 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Julie Whitesell
The New Deal

#21 - The New Deal

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 29, 2014

Mel insists on Joe "courting" her, but soon becomes frustrated at their lack of time together. Desperate to spend time with him, Mel sneaks over to his new digs, where he works as a live-in nanny, risking getting him fired—for a second time in as many weeks. Meanwhile, after witnessing a robbery, Ryder expects a hero’s welcome, but is horrified to discover that his interview with the local news has been turned into a viral video called "I Peed My Pants."

star 7.88
287 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Stefanie Leder
The Donor

#22 - The Donor

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 11, 2012

Mel's friend declares she wants to have a baby, and thinks Joe should be the father.

star 7.87
425 votes
Directors: David Kendall
Writers: David Valliere
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

#23 - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 20, 2012

Mel plans to break up with her boyfriend, but seeks Joe's help in boosting his confidence before she gives him the bad news. Meanwhile, Ryder's girlfriend Holly confides a secret to Lennox and asks her to keep it from Ryder.

star 7.87
427 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Sarah Jane Cunningham, Suzie V. Freeman
Maybe I'm Amazed

#24 - Maybe I'm Amazed

Season 3 - Episode 36 - Aired Jun 11, 2014

Mel gives Joe shocking news during their wedding, and he must quickly make a decision as a result. Meanwhile, Lennox feels torn between Zander and Marco and Ryder looks for the perfect opportunity to reveal that he won’t be attending college.

star 7.86
247 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Bob Young, David Kendall
Lost in Translation

#25 - Lost in Translation

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 13, 2011

Mel has an important deal with a Japanese businessman and asks Joe to teach her Japanese. When the businessman's son arrives in his place and speaks no English, Joe has to translate between the two. When the Japanese businessman develops a romantic interest in Mel, Joe sabotages the translation. Meanwhile, Lennox is forced to work with her ex-best friend on a school project, and Ryder tries to mediate.

star 7.85
438 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Seth Kurland