Two conservative men support their younger brother when he comes out as gay, and help him navigate being openly homosexual in 1980s Philadelphia.
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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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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 »

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Joe Waters: Take your hands off your hips. You look like a faggot.
Cliff Waters: I AM a faggot.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) 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 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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