Aired: 1995-1996 (ABC)
DAD: Tony Canetti (Tony Danza) / Divorced
DAD’S JOB: Hoboken, NJ Detective
KIDS: Mickey (Frank J. Galasso),
WHERE’S MOM?: Lucy (Shareen Mitchell) Split custody, but later disappeared after a Very Special Wedding episode.
STAND-IN “MOM”: Melanie Clifford (Lori Loughlin) / Reporter
Your typical half-hour romantic comedy about a Barney Miller-like detective who becomes personally/professionally involved with the Hoboken Reporter’s police column reporter.
The series either self-destructed or was destroyed by TriStar/Sony Pictures (depending on whose interpretation of the disaster you’re willing to believe). TriStar/Sony Pictures dumped Lori Laughlin mid-second-season so that Tony could date. A victim of over-focus-grouping, the series lost its plot foundations and hit a ratings wall at the mid-season break.