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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Series cast summary:
Robert Walden ...  Joe Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Paul Regina ...  Cliff Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Brandon Maggart ...  Lou Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Hallie Todd ...  Penny Waters 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Philip Charles MacKenzie ...  Donald Maltby 115 episodes, 1984-1989
Robin Riker ...  Kelly Hall 81 episodes, 1984-1989
Mary Ann Pascal Mary Ann Pascal ...  Sam Waters / ... 54 episodes, 1984-1989
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Storyline

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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English

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13 July 1984 (USA) See more »

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(115 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first original sitcom to air on cable television. See more »

Quotes

Donald Maltby: [to Lou Waters] Archibald Leach is Cary Grant's real name, you big dumb brown thing!
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Connections

Referenced in Your Alcohol I.Q. (1988) See more »

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Brothers
(Theme Song)
Music and Lyrics by Marcus Barone, Joe Diamond and Gloria Nissenson
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6 December 2004 | by elgatonySee all my reviews

It is a shame that time and a limited viewing audience has all but buried "Brothers." If you didn't have Showtime in the 80s you missed out on a show that had as much heart and humor as "Will and Grace" back in atime when AIDS made a gay series untouchable for a TV network. Showtime took the risk and the result is a wonderful series that I saw as a young man but can remember certain scenes vividly and can still hum the a-capella theme song. Modern day viewers will rake the Donald character as being too stereotypical but he was no sissy. He was proud and strong and that should be seen as a plus. The rapport between the brothers was excellent as they try to understand the gay world after the youngest of the 3 comes out. Who can forget gruff Lou trying to blend into the gay scene sitting a park growling: "Hey babe, nice legs!" or Joe responding the his brother's attraction to a Russian when told that he's big and sleek and foreign by saying "so get a Volvo!" Has this show been released on VHS or DVD? If not it should. This is a groundbreaking series that should be resurrected for a new generation to enjoy and share and laugh.


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