The Second Half

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The Second Half
Created by John Mendoza
Starring John Mendoza
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15 (List of episodes)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Castle Rock Entertainment
Original channel NBC
Original run September 7, 1993 – April 12, 1994

The Second Half is an American sitcom that aired from September 7, 1993, to April 12, 1994. The series was executive-produced and co-created by its star, John Mendoza.


A divorced sports columnist for The Chicago Daily Post has to deal with his ex-wife, weekend visits from his two daughters and romance in the '90s. John's column was called The Second Half.[1]


  • John Mendoza as John Palmaro
  • Wayne Knight as Robert Piccolo
  • Ellen Blain as Cathy Palmaro
  • Brooke Stanley as Ruth Palmaro
  • Joe Guzaldo as David Keller
  • Jessica Lundy as Denise Palmaro
  • Mindy Cohn as Maureen Tucker


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Barnet Kellman Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick and John Mendoza September 7, 1993 (1993-09-07)
John's ex-wife has to remind him that he is getting a weekend visit from his daughters.
2 "Coughin' Up Meat" Arlene Sanford September 14, 1993 (1993-09-14)
A co-worker saves John's life.
3 "Prelude to a Job" Arlene Sanford Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick September 21, 1993 (1993-09-21)
John's assistant becomes romantically involved with Robert.
4 "Guess Who's Channeling Dinner?" Arlene Sanford Tom Seeley and Norm Gunzenhauser September 28, 1993 (1993-09-28)
John thinks his new relationship is moving too fast.
5 "Like Father, Like John" John Fortenberry Lester Lewis October 5, 1993 (1993-10-05)
David tries to improve his relationship with his dad.
6 "Same Bet Next Year" John Fortenberry October 12, 1993 (1993-10-12)
John becomes attracted to an old friend. A dry cleaner loses Robert's new pants.
7 "Halloween" Arlene Sanford October 26, 1993 (1993-10-26)
John takes Cathy to a Halloween party.
8 "Mr. Television" John Rich Leo Benvenuti and John Mendoza November 2, 1993 (1993-11-02)
John misses his daughter's recital when he hosts a sports TV show.
9 "Winter Wonderlandlord" John Rich Alexa Junge November 23, 1993 (1993-11-23)
John becomes the new president of the tenant's association.
10 "It's My Party" John Rich Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick and John Mendoza December 7, 1993 (1993-12-07)
John's daughters invite some friends over.
11 "The Gym" John Rich Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick December 14, 1993 (1993-12-14)
Robert thinks he is losing his hair.
12 "Far and Awry" John Rich March 22, 1994 (1994-03-22)
John plans a mountain trip for spring break for his daughters.
13 "High Nooner" John Rich March 29, 1994 (1994-03-29)
John has a meeting with his ex-wife.
14 "One Flu Over a Nest of Cuckoos" John Rich April 5, 1994 (1994-04-05)
John canels a trip to a golf tournament because Cathy has the flu.
15 "10" John Rich April 12, 1994 (1994-04-12)
Ruth has her 10th-birthday party.


  1. ^ TV Guide. "The Second Half Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 

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