Vinnie Bassett is a 30-something bachelor who is enjoying the dream life, or at least his dream life. He has a cool bachelor pad in Los Angeles, owns a pop-culture memorabilia store, and doesn't have a care in the world -- other than trying to get to know recently divorced neighbor Taryn, who just moved from Houston and is trying to start a new life. That's what Vinnie gets when -- following a sudden turn of events -- he becomes the legal guardian of his nephew, Wendell, who is smarter and more mature than most kids his age and, possibly, Vinnie. Not surprisingly, the uncle needs some help raising the boy, which he gets from voice-of-reason Taryn and his sister, Wilma, a no-nonsense personal-injury lawyer who has her own ideas of how the boy should be raised. As time goes on, Vinnie gets used to being a parent to Wendell, who may also be the parent that Vinnie needs.