Oh, Shout! Factory, you wonderful people, you’re bringing out a DVD of My Two Dads. You will not rest until you’ve brought out every show I have to admit that I actually watched In My Youth™.
Some good news related to this is that My Two Dads is a Sony/Columbia property. Good news because Sony has in the past been reluctant to license out its TV library to independent companies. Since Sony has a massive TV catalogue and doesn’t release many shows (and frequently leaves shows incomplete), it raises the hope that we might see some of their more prestigious titles turn up on boutique labels in the future.
Not that My Two Dads isn’t prestigious. Having the most inappropriate premise in the history of family-friendly programming (woman conceives daughter after three-way; can’t remember which guy knocked her up; woman dies and leaves her daughter to the two guys she was sleeping with) is certainly a form of prestige. And because of the good cast — A young and not-yet-annoying Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan and Florence “Bernice Fish” Stanley — and the showrunner, Michael Jacobs (king of family-friendly TV shows with surprisingly decent writing) it was pretty good. Not great, but in the “at least it’s better than Full House or Webster” category; I haven’t seen the show in many years, but I recall that it took the insane premise… well, not seriously, but it at least tried to ask the question of what it would be like to be raised by two guys with completely opposite and conflicting interests, and get story ideas from that. That’s the least you can ask of any family comedy, that it try to find some semblance of reality or relatability in its premise. But beware: the theme song is a fearsome earwig and an unintentional parody of the generically upbeat, totally non-specific sitcom theme.
By the way, the official announcement for Michael Jacobs’ Broadway play, previously mentioned in this blog, notes that he “has written for film and television” but sidesteps any mention of which shows he actually created. I think that’s a mistake. “From the creator of Boy Meets World and Charles In Charge” will bring in way more theatregoers than what they’ve got up there now.