Brothers (1984–1989)

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Joe Waters is an ex-place kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now retired, he's opened up a restaurant. Lou is his older brother, a gruff construction worker. Both Joe and Lou receive the ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
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 Joe Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
Paul Regina ...
 Cliff Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
Brandon Maggart ...
 Lou Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
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 Penny Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
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 Donald Maltby / ... (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
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 Kelly Hall (81 episodes, 1984-1989)
Mary Ann Pascal ...
 Sam Waters / ... (57 episodes, 1984-1989)
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Joe Waters is an ex-place kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now retired, he's opened up a restaurant. Lou is his older brother, a gruff construction worker. Both Joe and Lou receive the shock of their lives when their kid brother Cliff reveals that he's gay. Humorous situations follow as Joe and Lou alternately try to accept Cliff's homosexuality or cure him of it. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Showtime planned to air the series in syndication during the second season. But this plan received criticism from HBO who felt that airing a pay-cable show on broadcast TV would diminish subscription rates. Showtime canceled the plan but later allowed _"It's Garry Shandling's Show" (1986)_ to air on Fox. Reruns of "Brothers" began airing in syndication in 1989. It is the first pay-cable series to air in broadcast TV reruns. See more »

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Donald Maltby: [to Lou Waters] Archibald Leach is Cary Grant's real name, you big dumb brown thing!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

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Brothers
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Music and Lyrics by Marcus Barone, Joe Diamond and Gloria Nissenson
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A great first step
19 October 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Showtime took a great first step with this series based on the coming out of a gay character. He has two brothers (hence the title) and they live in Philadelphia (city of brotherly love).

Long before ELLEN and WILL AND GRACE, this series tackled the thorny issues of a gay character struggling with himself and society. The situations are played for comedy, but there are serious issues of prejudice, self-acceptance, and AIDS, among others, interwoven into the plots.

The two sides of the gay spectrum are represented by the straight-acting character who comes out at his own wedding (a la IN & OUT) in the first episode, and the flamboyant queen who also has a more serious side as he offers advice and help to the young man who is coming out. It is an enjoyable and ground-breaking series.


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