Second Time Around (TV series)

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Second Time Around
Created byRalph Farquhar
Michelle Listenbee Brown
Directed byStan Lathan
StarringBoris Kodjoe
Melissa De Sousa
Nicole Ari Parker
Brian J. White
Danielle Nicolet
ComposerKurt Farquhar
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producerClaude Brooks
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time24 mins.
Production companiesRegan Jon Productions
C to the B Productions
Paramount Network Television
Original networkUPN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 20, 2004 (2004-09-20) –
January 24, 2005 (2005-01-24)

Second Time Around is an American sitcom that aired on UPN[1][2] during the 2004–05 season. The series was canceled after one season.


Set in Los Angeles, the show is centered on newlyweds Jackson (an architect) and Ryan Muse (an artist) who remarried after getting divorced three years earlier. Through the run of the show, Jackson and Ryan go through things that normal married couples go through: everything from past relationships to property ownership arguments when moving in with each other. Other characters include Jackson's brother, Nigel, a well-to-do dentist, and his extravagant, gold-digging fiancée Paula. Also included is Coco, a restaurant owner who is Ryan's best friend.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Stan LathanRalph Farquhar & Michelle Listenbee-BrownSeptember 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)
A few months into their second marriage, Ryan and Jackson Muse discovers that not talking about their past may lead into a few problems down the road. Meanwhile, Jackson’s brother, Nigel, and his fiancée, Paula, trick Jackson and Ryan into going to couples therapy with them to discover problems in their new marriage.
2"For Better or Worse"Stan LathanEfrem SeegerSeptember 27, 2004 (2004-09-27)
A surprise run-in with an old marriage counselor leads Jackson and Ryan to realize that their marriage isn't perfect. Also, Jackson wants to be a member of Nigel's country club and coerces Ryan into pretending to be a high-society socialite in order to fit in.
3"Pre-What?"Stan LathanCalvin Brown, Jr.October 4, 2004 (2004-10-04)
Ryan and Jackson reveal that they both have doubts about their second marriage. Meanwhile, when Nigel asks Paula for a pre-nup, Paula sends him packing, forcing Nigel to renegotiate his way back into the relationship.
4"No, No"Stan LathanWarren Lieberstein & Halsted SullivanOctober 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
When Ryan changes her mind about wanting to have a baby, Jackson decides to kick-start Ryan's maternal instincts by buying her a puppy.
5"Ryan Sees Party People"Stan LathanKriss TurnerOctober 18, 2004 (2004-10-18)
After learning that Jackson hosted a slew of wild parties in their home before they were remarried, Ryan decides to find a new house for her and Jackson in order to escape her haunting visions of her husband as a free-loving bachelor and his many girlfriends.
6"Crack That Whip"Stan LathanB. Mark SeabrooksOctober 25, 2004 (2004-10-25)
Though past experiences have taught her not work with her husband, Ryan reluctantly agrees to help Jackson land a job redesigning her art gallery. Meanwhile, when Nigel's office manager quits, Paula bullies her way into the position at his office.
7"Coupling Up"Henry ChanJessica KaminskyNovember 8, 2004 (2004-11-08)
When Ryan and Jackson try to add variety to their social life, they decide to break plans with their usual set of friends and rekindle a friendship with Chris and Amanda, a seemingly perfect couple from their past, but their double date goes awry when the Muses discover that their friends' happy marriage is just an act.
8"Secrets"Sheldon EppsSarah M. FitzgeraldNovember 15, 2004 (2004-11-15)
Ryan is furious when she discovers that Jackson helped buy his ex-fiancée a car, but when she realizes that he has always fallen for the damsel in distress routine, a usually self-sufficient Ryan turns on the helpless act believing that is what her husband wants.
9"A Kiss is Still a Kiss"Stan LathanT Smith IIINovember 22, 2004 (2004-11-22)

Ryan and Jackson's honeymoon plans get derailed by an argument just before their planes leaves the gate, but chance encounters with other people give them insight into their own relationship. Meanwhile, Coco tries to break up a date between her sister Gabrielle and her sex-crazed boyfriend.

Tracee Ellis Ross guest stars.
10"Sins of Paula's Father"Stan LathanKim DuranNovember 29, 2004 (2004-11-29)
Paula's con-artist dad, John Paul (Montel Williams), pays her a surprise visit at her Christmas party and swindles an unwitting Jackson out of several thousand dollars. Meanwhile, Ryan tries to mend the bridges between Paula and her estranged father.
11"Big Bank, Little Bank"Stan LathanKenny SmithJanuary 3, 2005 (2005-01-03)
Jackson regrets the decision to keep his bank account separate from Ryan's when she sells a painting for a large amount of money and he comes up short to buy Lakers tickets. Meanwhile, Paula volunteers to chair a children's charity fundraising event for a chance to mingle with a high society crowd to boost her real estate business.
12"You're Fired!"Stan LathanCalvin Brown, Jr.January 10, 2005 (2005-01-10)
When Jackson's employer cuts health benefits, he tries to rally the employees to fight the system. Meanwhile, Nigel and Paula try to out-gift Jackson and Ryan for their mother's birthday.
13"The Dinner Party"Stan LathanRalph R. Farquhar & Michelle Listenbee-BrownJanuary 24, 2005 (2005-01-24)
When Jackson's controlling mother Christa makes a surprise visit, she blames Ryan for everything that is going badly in her children's lives. Meanwhile, Jackson and Nigel try to convince their sister Martine not to tell their mother that she is gay.


  1. ^ Storm, Jonathan (September 20, 2004). "Two pairings, two lackluster comedies". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  2. ^ Bianculli, David (September 20, 2004). "Comedy awfully 'second'-hand". Daily News. Retrieved 29 May 2022.

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