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Not to be confused with the 1985 Canadian sitcom, Me & Max.

Me and Maxx is an American sitcom broadcast on NBC starting in 1980. The plot involved a young girl, Maxx (Melissa Michaelsen), moving in with her father, Norman (Joe Santos), who had created a life for himself as a swinging bachelor.[1]

Me and Maxx
Me and Maxx publicity photo.jpg
Joe Santos as Norman Davis and
Melissa Michaelsen as Maxx Davis
Created byJames Komack
Written byNeil Rosen
George Tricker
Stan Cutler
James Komack
Directed byHerbert Kenwith (1 episode)
StarringMelissa Michaelsen
Joe Santos
Jenny Sullivan
Jim Weston
Denny Evans
Theme music composerMichael Lloyd
James Komack
Opening theme"Is It Because of Love", sung by Leonore O'Malley
Composer(s)Michael Lloyd
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producer(s)James Komack
Producer(s)Don Van Atta
George Tricker
Neil Rosen
Stan Cutler
Running time30 min.
Production company(s)James Komack Company, Inc.
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMarch 22 –
July 25, 1980




Michaelsen and Santos were picked for the roles when a commercial starring Joe aired during one of Melissa's early projects. NBC president Fred Silverman saw the commercial while watching Melissa's TV-movie and reportedly said "I want that guy with that girl."[2] Another source gives credit for the role to the daughter of the producer, James Komack. Maxx Komack, whom the main character was named after, walked in on the screen tests and saw Melissa playing the role. She supposedly blurted out, "That's her. The little blonde girl. That's Maxx!"[3]


Season # Episode # Title Original airdate Writer/Director
11"Pilot"March 22, 1980 (1980-03-22)James Komack (W) / Herbert Kenwith (D)
Maxx's mother abandons her at the door of her swinging divorced father.
12"Lunch at the Plaza"March 29, 1980 (1980-03-29)George Tricker & Neil Rosen (W) / ? (D)
Filled with high hopes of meeting her mother at the Plaza Hotel for her birthday lunch, Maxx ventures to the posh New York hotel, but it's her father who shows up to cheer the waiting 11-year-old.
13"Maxx's Friend"April 5, 1980 (1980-04-05)George Tricker & Neil Rosen (W) / ? (D)
Norman plans for a romantic dinner date with a beautiful neighbor are cut short when he begins worrying about Maxx and a male sleep-over guest. Guest star: Ronnie Scribner.
14"Sparrow"April 16, 1980 (1980-04-16)George Tricker & Neil Rosen (W) / ? (D)
When an injured sparrow that Maxx has been nursing dies in his care, Norman wonders what to tell his daughter.
15"Robert"May 30, 1980 (1980-05-30)Andy Guerdat & Steve Kreinberg (W) / ? (D)
All wrapped up in his work, Norman is angry when he learns that Maxx's constant companion, Robert, is an imaginary "perfect" father and substitute for him.
16"The Negotiation"June 6, 1980 (1980-06-06)George Tricker & Neil Rosen (W) / ? (D)
Maxx holds off on household chores until her father agrees to settle her strike for the same necessities of life that her friend Karen has - a stereo, bicycle, and telephone. Guest star: Mindy Cohn as Karen.
17"4"June 13, 1980 (1980-06-13)Mike Marmer (W) / ? (D)
Maxx catches her father reading her diary.
18"The Commitment"June 20, 1980 (1980-06-20)Stan Cutler (W) / ? (D)
Norman wants his partnership with Barbara (Jenny Sullivan) to go beyond business, but she won't agree to rekindle their romance until he pledges fidelity.
19"Dad's Day"June 27, 1980 (1980-06-27)Terry Hart (W) / ? (D)
When Norman learns of the death of his father, whom he hadn't seen for years, he forgoes a baseball game to attend Dad's Day at Maxx's school.
110"Some Are Savers"July 25, 1980 (1980-07-25)Stan Cutler (W) / ? (D)
When Norman absent-mindedly throws out a drawing Maxx gave him, she counters by tossing out some of the things he gave her.

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  1. ^ Me and Maxx TV Show - Me and Maxx Television Show -
  2. ^ Buck, Jerry (March 30, 1980), "Santos Bucks Cop Role To Play Father To A Blonde Charmer", Daily Herald (Chicago)
  3. ^ Anon. (April 16, 1980), "Melissa Michaelsen's An Instant Winner", Valley Independent (Monessen, PA)