Brothers (TV series)

infobox television
show_name = Brothers


caption ="Brothers" opening title sequence
rating =
format = Sitcom
runtime = approx. 0:22
(per episode)
creator = Greg Antonacci
starring = Philip Charles MacKenzie
Brandon Maggart
Robert Walden
Paul Regina
Mary Ann Pascal
Robin Riker
Yeardly Smith
Hallie Todd
country = USA
network = Showtime
first_aired = July 13, 1984
last_aired = July 25, 1989
num_episodes = 115
list_episodes =
imdb_id = 0086677
tv_com_id = 1372

"Brothers" is a television sitcom that originally aired on the American cable network Showtime from July 13, 1984 to July 25, 1989. The show focused on the three Waters brothers.

Premise

Set in south Philadelphia, "Brothers" centered around the lives and relationships of the Waters brothers; oldest brother Lou (Brandon Maggart), a somewhat uncouth, but well-meaning construction foreman, middle brother Joe (Robert Walden), a retired placekicker for the Philadelphia Eagles and owner of a sports bar called "The Point After", and the youngest brother, Cliff (Paul Regina).

In the premiere episode, Cliff shocks his family when he runs away from the altar on his wedding day. Instead of getting married, Cliff reveals to his family that he is gay.

Many episodes centered around the efforts of Cliff's brothers alternately trying to cope with Cliff's sexual orientation and "cure" him of it. One special episode dealt with one of Joe's former teammates coming out, then feeling forced to admit that he was HIV-positive. Because HIV and AIDS were not widely known to most Americans at the time, this episode had Joe learning about HIV and AIDS to better understand what his friend was going through so that he could offer support, as well as educating the public about HIV and AIDS and dispelling the myths about those who had contracted it and how it could be contracted.

upporting characters

Philip Charles MacKenzie played Cliff's out-and-proud new friend Donald Maltby, whose flamboyance unnerved Lou and caused some mild, but humorous friction between them. Donald however, always managed to get the last laugh on Lou with his sharp humor. Other characters included Joe's teenage daughter Penny (Hallie Todd), Lou's daughter Louella (Yeardley Smith), "The Point After" waitress Kelly (Robin Riker), and Joe's new wife, Sam (Mary Ann Pascal).

"Brothers" ran for 5 seasons, totaling 115 episodes.

Awards and nominations

CableACE Awards
*Nominated: Actress in a Comedy Series, Robin Riker (1988)
*Nominated: Actor in a Comedy Series, Philip Charles MacKenzie (1987)
*Nominated: Actor in a Comedy Series, Robert Walden (1987)
*Nominated: Actor in a Comedy Series, Brandon Maggart (1987)
*Nominated: Actress in a Comedy Series, Robin Riker (1987)
*Nominated: Actress in a Comedy Series, Hallie Todd (1987)
*Nominated: Actor in a Comedy Series, Robert Walden (1985)
*Nominated: Actor in a Comedy Series, Brandon Maggart (1985)
*Won: Actor in a Comedy Series, Philip Charles MacKenzie (1985)

Casting Society of America, USA
*Nominated: Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic, Helen Mossler (1985)
*Nominated: Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic, Mary Ann Barton (1985)

External links

*imdb title|id=0086677
* [http://www.tv.com/show/1372/summary.html "Brothers" at TV.com]


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