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Series cast summary:
 Joe Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
Paul Regina ...
 Cliff Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Lou Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Penny Waters (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Donald Maltby / ... (115 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Kelly Hall (81 episodes, 1984-1989)
Mary Ann Pascal ...
 Sam Waters / ... (57 episodes, 1984-1989)


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 <>

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13 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unter Brüdern  »

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(115 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The series was originally offered to ABC and NBC who turned it down due to concerns about the subject of homosexuality. After they turned it down, Paul Regina moved on to star in Zorro and Son (1983) and Brandon Maggart starred in Jennifer Slept Here (1983). Both series were canceled by the time Showtime agreed to a deal. See more »


Donald Maltby: You big wet spot!
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(Theme Song)
Music and Lyrics by Marcus Barone, Joe Diamond and Gloria Nissenson
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Possibly the first TV series to acknowledge gays.

BROTHERS was first presented in the United States by Showtime, Inc. on a premium channel. I have not known of the series being re-run by any other channel, though there is no surprise there! As I recall, it told of a family of brothers, one of whom has "come out." Of course, it treated the situation in a broad comedic manner. I remember the comedy was sometimes forced and sophomoric, but it was a daring breakthrough for its' day, and as such, deserves another look! SHOWTIME....where are you when we need you? You have presented what is possibly the most blatantly gay drama ever, and yet you have forgotten your own pioneering effort. Look in your vaults, and dust the tapes off.

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