Michael Taylor (as played by Paul Reiser) and Joey Harris (as played by piping hot piece Greg Evigan) from My Two Dads!
My Facebook feed looks like a Hot Dads of the 80s calendar, because everyone is posting vintage pictures of their hot dads in swim trunks at the lake (and yes, I’m replying to every picture, “Got noodz of that hot piece?”) That could mean only one of two things: It’s either Father’s Day or it’s DILF Appreciation Day. DILF Appreciation Day is a thing that actually exists, but it’s on June 21, so it’s Father’s Day! In honor of Daddy’s Day, let’s pay tribute to the daddies from the 80s paternal masterpiece My Two Dads!
Based on Paul Reiser’s cracked-out eyes in that picture above, you may think that this show was about a white collar crackhead (Paul Reiser) and the dealer who is over his shit (Greg Evigan), but My Two Dads was about two straight dudes raising the teenage daughter (Staci Keanan) of the dead woman (Emma Samms) they both wanted to be with. They were given joint custody of the teenage chick and one of them was her bio father. But I don’t think we ever found out which one. It’s a mystery that was buried in a grave filled with acid wash jeans and we’ll never know the answer!
1987 was the year of TV shows about straight single dudes raising kids. That was the year that both MTD and Full House came out. I don’t know who copied who, but I do know that Paul Reiser played the Danny Tanner type and Greg Evigan played the Uncle Jesse type. Florence Stanley played the judge in the custody case and she’d check up on them all the time, because she also owned the building they lived in.
Full House was my favorite of the two for the simple fact that it had KIMMY GIBBLER in it, but I also loved My Two Dads and not only because it had DICK BUTTKISS in it. That show was extra edgy to me at the time. I mean, two straight dudes raising a teenager in a NYC loft. FORWARD! I remember some people thinking that My Two Dads was about gay fathers, and that would’ve made heads explode in 1987. So I’m surprised NBC didn’t change the title to My Two Totally Heterosexual Pussy Loving No Homo Dads.
MTD was sent to the TV morgue after only 3 seasons. But since Netflix brought back Full House, maybe they can bring back MTD. In the reboot, Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan are brought back together after their daughter dies and leaves them custody of their granddaughter. And yes, the show should be called My Two Pepaws. It really needs to make a comeback, because it was gone before it’s time and the world really didn’t get enough of the hot car chair that was in their loft.
Happy Daddy’s Day to all the daddies! I hope you got a car chair today.